Apply for a Second Passport

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Under passport regulations, an individual may not possess more than one passport of any one type (tourist, official, diplomatic) at the same time. On occasion, the Department of State will make an exception to this policy for individuals who travel extensively and often for business purposes. These second passports are issued for a validity of four years, provided a valid justification for issuance exists.  The second passport can be applied for in-person or via mail.

Circumstances in which the Department of State will generally approve issuance of a second passport of the same type are when an individual travels so frequently that their passport is needed both for travel and submission for foreign visa applications simultaneously. Approval and issuance of a second passport is not automatic and will require additional processing time.

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.

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

Please note: 

  • Do not sign your application until instructed to do so by the consular officer or acceptance agent.
  • 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 as well as a photocopy of the biodata page with your application.

Please note: Your U.S. passport book must meet all of the requirements listed under “Renew an Adult Passport”. Your most recent passport will be returned to you either at the end of your passport appointment, or along with your new second passport, if you choose to apply via mail.

You must submit a written statement made by you (or your employer) on company letterhead  justifying the need for a second passport and stating the bearer’s understanding that any loss or theft of either passport must be immediately reported to the nearest U.S. embassy, consulate, or passport agency.

You will also need to complete, sign, and submit this signed 2nd Passport statement or request (pdf).

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 your application.

The passport book 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 accept these payment methods:

  • 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“). Do not abbreviate.
  • 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 U.S. 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 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.

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

Mail your completed application package to below address:

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 (e.g. Deutsche Post Einschreiben, or any courier 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 with 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 second 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 times.

Please ensure you submit a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope with your application and the required documents. Your second passport (along with your 10 year validity passport, 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).

Last Updated: February 12, 2021