Adult Passport Renewal

The U.S. Embassy in London is currently able to accept adult passport renewal application that are eligible for submission by mail. Please see below for details of eligibility, application requirements and where to send your application. In person appointments for this service are not available.

Due to reduced staffing, the Consulates in Belfast and Edinburgh are offering emergency services only. Keep reading for further instructions.

Emergency procedures and travel restrictions may change rapidly due to the impact of COVID-19. If you are currently in the United States or another country and your U.S. passport has expired or is due to expire imminently, you should renew your passport before you travel to the United Kingdom.

Eligibility

You may renew by mail if all of the following applies:

Your passport is:

  • Undamaged;
  • Issued within the last 15 years;
  • Issued with a 10 year validity; and
  • Issued in your current name or you have changed your name since your passport was issued and can submit legal documentation to prove this change.

Additional Requirements

  • Form DS-82 available online here or as a downloadable PDF (84 KB). 
    You must print and sign the form
  • Your most recent U.S. passport
  • One passport photograph
  • $110.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Evidence of Change of Name – e.g. Marriage Certificate, Change of Name Deed, Statutory Declaration or Court Order (name change must have taken place after your passport was issued)
  • Return delivery envelope – pre-paid (up to 500g) self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope, or DX courier envelope

Important

For specific passport photograph, application fee and social security information please ensure you continue reading this page. Applications received without all required documents will face delays.

DO NOT mail your application to the United States as this will cause delays.

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

Fee amounts and exchange rates change periodically. Please check this web page for the latest fee before obtaining your payment and submitting your application.

There is no expedited service outside the United States.  Please do not include fees other than those stated on this page. Incorrect payment amounts and methods will not be accepted.


How much to pay

£91 (POUNDS STERLING) or $110 (U.S. DOLLARS)

Acceptable payment methods by mail

  • Postal Money Order (in U.S. dollars or pounds sterling) in the exact amount made payable to the “U.S. Department of State”
  • Bank Draft (in U.S. dollars or pounds sterling) in the exact amount made payable to the “U.S. Department of State”

Please note we cannot accept personal checks. For more information on payment methods accepted for mail-in applications click here 


Social Security Numbers

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

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 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.

DO NOT mail your application to the United States.

All applications submitted by mail are processed at the U.S. Embassy in London.

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 three weeks. 

If you have an emergency for which you require a U.S. passport we may be able to assist with issuing a limited-validity emergency passport. Emergencies include serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel within 72 hours (or 3 business days).

Please click here to use our emergency contact form in order to make an appointment for emergency passport service in case of a life-or-death emergency within 72 hours (3 business days).
You must provide:

  • The applicant’s surname
  • The applicant’s given name
  • The applicant’s date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • The applicant’s contact telephone number
  • The applicant’s e-mail address
  • Whether the applicant holds a valid passport of another nationality
  • The names of any non-applicants who will be appearing for this appointment (such as the child’s parents or legal guardians if the applicant is under the age of 18, or a carer)
  • Whether the applicant is a child applying for their first passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Proof of international travel (itinerary, ticket, reservation) specific to the emergency

Due to the volume of inquiries we are currently receiving, we are only able to respond to emergency requests. For all other requests, please select the service you require and then follow the instructions here.

Please note that due to limited availability, we are unable to guarantee that an appointment will be available prior to imminent travel.

If you need to apply for a passport and you have imminent confirmed travel (within the next three weeks), please email acsbelfast@state.gov explaining your circumstances for advice.

If you need to apply for a passport and you have imminent confirmed travel (within the next three weeks), please email Edinburgh-Info@state.gov explaining your circumstances for advice.

Important guidance for attending an appointment

You will go through airport-style security screening. Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), everyone should wear a face mask if they are aged 11 or over. You can choose to buy a mask or make your own. Click here for information about how to make a face covering (sew and no-sew tutorials are available).

You must not bring laptops or bags above cabin-baggage size to your appointment as they not are permitted into the building and there are no storage facilities available. To save time, we recommend that you keep the number of small bags and belongings that you bring with you to a minimum.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, please reply to your appointment email to reschedule your appointment. If you have recently entered the UK and you are subject to mandatory quarantine, your appointment should take place after the 14 day quarantine period. If you need to travel in an emergency, please click here to find out how to contact us to discuss your circumstances.