Processing Times

Processing times for all services are approximate.  Times quoted should be used only as a guide.

Processing times for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and First Passport is approximately 5 weeks.

An application for a full-validity (ten years for adults; five years for children under age 16) passport will be sent to the United States for printing with a secure, photo-digitized image of the bearer. You should allow 10 working days for your application to be processed.

Return of Your Documents

Your passport will be returned to you by mail when it is ready. Please furnish a pre-paid, self-addressed, Royal Mail Special Delivery Envelope with your application.  These can be purchased at any UK post office.  One envelope will suffice for up to four passports.

Please email Edinburgh-Info@state.gov for further information and assistance.