Emergency Passports (including emergency travel)

You can apply for an emergency limited validity 12 page U.S. passport by way of a scheduled in-person appointment.

Routine processing time for a full validity passport (10 years for adults, or 5 years for children under 16) is approximately 2 weeks.  If you require a passport in less than 2 weeks please select the service you require on our Passport Services page, as applications requirements are the same whether you are applying for a full validity or an emergency limited validity passport.  You can discuss your travel plans at the time of your appointment to determine whether an emergency limited validity passport is required.

We strongly recommend that you learn about your destination before you travel.  Pay close attention to entry and exit requirements.  Not all countries recognize an emergency limited validity U.S. passport as a valid travel document for visa-free travel so you may be refused boarding and/or entry by immigration officials.

Country specific information can be found on the Department of State website.

Replacing an Emergency Limited Validity Passport

If you have already been issued an emergency limited validity passport and you need to replace it for a full validity passport please follow the instructions below.  Please note that this application can be submitted by mail.  Your emergency limited validity passport must have been issued within the last year.

Required Documents

  • Form DS-5504 available online here or as a downloadable PDF (84 KB) – add link for DS-5504 PDF
  • Your emergency limited validity passport
  • One passport photograph
  • Return delivery envelope – pre-paid (up to 500g) self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope. Alternative delivery options are available if applying through US Embassy, London. Please see ‘How to Submit My Application’ below.

Photo Requirements

  • Color photograph
  • Taken in last 6 months
  • No eyeglasses (If you must wear eye glasses for medical reasons, you’ll need to submit a signed statement with your application from a medical professional)
  • 2 x 2 inches
  • For babies and small children, it is advisable to have someone take the photograph (photo booth photos may not be accepted)  Infants’ eyes are not required to be open

Please click here for more information regarding passport photograph requirements.

Fees

How much to pay

There is no fee required to replace an emergency limited validity passport for a full validity passport so long as it was issued within the last year and did not have any restrictions in place at the time of issuance.

Social Security Numbers

If you have been issued a social security number (SSN) you must provide it on the application for a U.S. passport. If the name on their social security record does not match the name on the passport application please make sure that question 9 on the form – ‘List all other names you have used’ is completed.

If you do not have a Social Security Number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have (or my child [child’s name]) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

If you are in the United Kingdom and require a new or replacement Social Security number card, you should contact the Federal Benefits Unit at the Embassy.

You may send your application by Royal Mail Special Delivery to the following address:

United States Embassy
Passport & Citizenship Unit
33 Nine Elms Lane
London
SW11 7US

 To ensure safe return of your new passport please enclose a pre-paid (up to 500grams), self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope. These prepaid envelopes can be purchased from any UK post office.

Alternatively, you can arrange for your application to be delivered to the Embassy and your passport returned to you after processing, by the courier service, DX. Information on this service can be found at https://www.dxdelivery.com/consumer/dx-services-for-us-embassy#book-service

Processing time is approximately 10 working days. 

To schedule an appointment at U.S. Embassy, London please follow this link: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=LND&appcode=1

 If your plans have changed and you need to postpone or cancel your appointment, that’s no problem.  But please let us know immediately by clicking here, selecting “cancel appointment,” and following the instructions that appear on the screen.   By alerting us in advance, you’ll allow us to serve someone else in your place.  If you have difficulties cancelling your appointment please send an email to londonpassports@state.gov

Your application should be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery to the following address:

Passport-by-Mail Service
American Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh
3 Regent Terrace
Edinburgh EH7 5BW

To ensure the safe return of your passports, please enclose a pre-paid self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope with minimum postage paid up to 500 grams. These prepaid envelopes can be purchased from any UK post office.

As the Consulate does not keep track of Special Delivery numbers, you are advised to keep a record of your Special Delivery tracking number so you can track your passport’s return to you.

Processing time is approximately 10 working days. 

Your application should be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery to the following address:

Passport-by-Mail Service
American Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate General Belfast
Danesfort House
223 Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5GR

To ensure the safe return of your passports, please enclose a pre-paid self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope with minimum postage paid up to 500 grams. These prepaid envelopes can be purchased from any UK post office.

As the Consulate does not keep track of Special Delivery numbers, you are advised to keep a record of your Special Delivery tracking number so you can track your passport’s return to you.

Processing time is approximately 15 working days.