Due to reduced staffing the U.S. Embassy in London is currently providing emergency services only until further notice.
Full validity passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad are not currently available. Given the ongoing situation, we do not have an estimate for when regular passport operations will resume. If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays.
If you have not yet submitted an application and you do not have urgent travel plans, please do not mail new applications to the Embassy until standard operations have resumed. We are not currently scheduling appointments for routine applications that require in-person appearances. We are not able to provide a timeframe for when normal services will resume. Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updates.
If you have an urgent need to travel for which you require a U.S. passport we may be able to assist with issuing a limited-validity emergency passport. Due to the volume of inquiries we are currently receiving we ask that you contact us ten days in advance of confirmed travel. Please click here to visit our Frequently Asked Questions for further details and information about how to contact us.
You may renew by mail if all of the following applies:
Your passport is:
- 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.
- 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
If you need a new U.S. passport in less than two weeks, you should schedule an appointment to appear in person at the nearest Embassy/Consulate as you may require an emergency passport (see “How to submit My Application in Person”).
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.
- 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.
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
£94 (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.
How to Submit My Application by Mail
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
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 2 weeks.
How to Submit My Application in Person to the U.S. Embassy, London (England or Wales)
If you are residing in, or visiting England or Wales and require a passport in less than 2 weeks we recommend that you schedule an appointment to appear in person at the Embassy as you may require an emergency passport. Please note that application requirements for this service are the same whether you apply by mail or in person.
To book a passport appointment in London please click here
If your plans have changed and you need to postpone or cancel your appointment, that’s no problem. Please let us know immediately by the appointment link provided above, 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 email@example.com
How to Submit My Application in Person to U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh (Scotland)
If you are residing in, or visiting Scotland and require a passport in less than 2 weeks we recommend that you schedule an appointment to appear in person at the Consulate as you may require an emergency passport. Please note that application requirements for this service are the same whether you apply by mail or in person.
Please note that applicants who do not appear at the appointed time will experience considerable delays or their appointment may be cancelled.
If your plans have changed and you need to postpone or cancel your appointment, that’s no problem. Please send an email to Edinburgh-Info@state.gov. By alerting us in advance, you’ll allow us to serve someone else in your place.
How to Submit My Application to the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast (Northern Ireland)
If you are residing in, or visiting Northern Ireland and require a passport in less than 2 weeks we recommend that you schedule an appointment to appear in person at the Consulate as you may require an emergency passport. Please note that application requirements for this service are the same whether you apply by mail or in person.
To book an appointment at the U.S. Consulate General, Belfast, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Renew an Adult Passport – Travel in less than 2 weeks”.
If your plans have changed and you need to postpone or cancel your appointment, that’s no problem. Please send an email to email@example.com . By alerting us in advance, you’ll allow us to serve someone else in your place.
Before you visit the Consulate, please refer to “Visiting the Consulate General” for information about permitted and prohibited items, who can attend the appointment, directions to the Consulate General, and disabled access.
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.