Renewing an Adult Passport

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You can renew by mail or in person using form DS-82 if your most recent passport:

  • Is submitted with your application
  • Is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Was issued within the last 15 years
  • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you MUST apply in person using form DS-11 and follow these instructions.

If you are resident in Germany and not currently in the United States, please mail your package to the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt. Do NOT send your application to the National Passport Processing Center. This will significantly delay your passport processing.

Complete Form DS-82 online using the Form Filler. The form is available at Travel.State.GovNote: You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. If you wish to include an emergency contact outside the United States, please leave the section blank and fill it in by hand after printing. Be sure to answer all questions accurately. Print the application (not the instructions) on two sheets of paper leaving the reverse of the page blank.

Please DO NOT mail the form to the National Passport Processing Center in the United States.

Please note: 

  • You must sign your application. Incomplete, unsigned, or incorrect applications will not be accepted and will be mailed back to you.
  • You must provide a Social Security Number (SSN), if you have been issued one. If you were never issued a SSN, leave the Social Security Number blank and submit this signed and dated statement.  If you have questions regarding this requirement, please see our FAQs here. Information on how to apply for a Social Security number at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt is available here.

You must submit your most recent passport with your application.

Please note: Your U.S. passport book and/or card must meet all of the requirements directly listed under “Renew an adult passport.” Your most recent passport will be returned to you with your new passport.

If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide an original legal name change document as well as a copy thereof. Your original name change document will be returned to you with your new passport. Examples include:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Court-ordered name change document

Provide one U.S. passport sized (5cm x 5cm) photo taken in last 6 months. Please see this video for a picture perfect passport photo. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the photo requirements or it will be rejected. Requirements for U.S. passport photos differ from local requirements and can be found on Travel.State.Gov.

Please note: Do not bend nor attach the photo to the form before submitting your application to the acceptance agent.

 

The passport book renewal fee ($110) is a non-refundable and retained by the Department of State whether or not the passport is issued.

There is no expedited service outside the United States. Please do not include payment for this service, as it will delay your processing time. In general, overseas service is faster than U.S. service.

For mail-in passport renewals, we only accept these payment methods (no cash):

  • Cashier’s Check
    Cashier’s check issued by a U.S. bank in dollars payable to “U.S. Department of State”
    (Barscheck ausgestellt durch eine amerikanische Bank auf den Namen „U.S. Department of State“)
  • Bank Check or Counter Check
    Bank check issued by a German bank in dollars drawn on a U.S. bank
    (Bankscheck ausgestellt von einer deutschen Bank bezogen auf eine US-Bank in US-Dollar auf den Namen „U.S. Department of State“)

All checks must be machine-readable (i.e., have a coded line running along the bottom of the check) and must have been issued within 30 days of submitting your application.

If your bank asks you to add an identification number, please let them know that being a diplomatic entity and not a commercial company, a U.S. embassy or consulate has no “Handelsregister-Nr.” nor a “Steueridentifikations-Nr.”.  If your bank cannot provide you with a money order, please review information under #7 to apply in person.

 Mail-in applications without acceptable payment will be returned to the sender.

For in-person passport renewals, you have two additional options:

  • Cash in U.S. dollars or euros
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

We cannot accept these forms of payment:

  • EC cards
  • Personal checks
  • Credit cards or cash for mail-in applications

To avoid delay and increase security, please submit a DHL ExpressEasy shipping label attached to a non-padded A5 size envelope with all other application documents. Since January 2020, DHL envelopes are no longer available for purchase at your local German post office. Please click here and follow the process online. Note that other commercial couriers are not accepted.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE RETURN ADDRESS (ABSENDER). 

  • If you are using the mail-in service, the “Absender” must be the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt.
    • U.S. Consulate General
      Passport & Citizenship Section
      Giessener Str. 30
      60435 Frankfurt am Main
      Germany
  • If you are coming in-person to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt or Munich, enter the address of the place where you are applying for your passport.

Please make sure you affix the waybill label to a sturdy envelope and submit it with all other documents.

If you are also applying for a passport card, you should be aware that the card takes approximately 4-5 weeks longer than the book to process. If you are applying for a passport book and a card, please enclose two return delivery envelopes with your application to avoid any delay in receiving your passport book. We will accept a standard size, self-addressed envelope with current postage for returning your card.

Adult Passport Renewal Applicants, eligible to use Form DS-82, are strongly urged to apply via mail.

Mail your completed application package and fees (see #5 for forms of payment accepted) to the address below:

U.S. Consulate General
Passport & Citizenship Section
Giessener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

We recommend that you send your application with a traceable delivery service. Do NOT send your application to the National Passport Processing Center.  This will significantly delay your passport processing.

All incomplete application packages will be promptly returned to the sender using the courier envelope submitted with the application package.

If you cannot apply via mail due to payment issues and need to visit the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt to drop off your DS- 82 you must do so on a walk-in basis. You may also arrange for an appointment at the U.S. Embassy Berlin or the U.S. Consulate General Munich.

For mail-in applications in Germany:  Please be aware that it may take up to 5-7 working days for an application to reach the Passport Unit after its arrival at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt and processing of the application starts at that time.

Processing time for a full validity (10 years for adult applicants) U.S. passport is approximately 4-6 weeks from the day we receive your application.

To avoid delays, complete your passport application online and ensure the barcode is visible on the left side of the first page.  Handwritten applications require additional processing time.

Please ensure you submit a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope with your application and the required documents. Your new passport and your previous passport (including any original documents, if applying by mail) will be returned to you via your prepaid envelope once processing has been completed.

Please note: Write down your tracking number as the passport units do not maintain this information. You may use the tracking number to track the return delivery of your passport(s).

If you are also applying for a passport card, you should be aware that the card takes approximately 4-5 weeks longer than the book to process. If you are applying for a passport book and a card, please enclose two return delivery envelopes with your application to avoid any delay in receiving your passport book. We will accept a standard size, self-addressed envelope with current postage for returning your card.

Last Updated: January 2, 2021