Emergency Passports (Lost, Stolen, or Needed for Travel Within Seven Days)

Please Note:  if you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022.  See our website regarding  International Travel (state.gov).  You may also opt for an emergency passport, as explained below. Please see the details on traveling on an expired passport here.

If you are traveling within the next seven days and you have a lost/stolen/damaged/expired passport, the U.S. Embassy in Paris accepts applications for emergency passports on a walk-in basis, 8:00 am to 11:00 am Monday-Friday (please check our calendar for U.S./French Holidays). In most cases, you will receive your passport the same day. We will issue a limited validity good for one year that cannot be extended. For emergency passports in Marseille, call 01-43-12-47-54 or email citizeninfomarseille@state.gov to schedule an appointment.

U.S. Consulate Strasbourg does not issue emergency passports.

Note that the Government of France does NOT recognize the emergency passport as a valid travel document for visa-free travel, and, if traveling on this emergency passport, you may be refused boarding and/or entry to France by immigration officials. Read more about French entry/exit requirements here. If you need to replace a visa that was in your lost/stolen passport, you must apply for a 10-year passport.

You must bring with you:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship:  A copy or original of one valid form of photo identification, either:
    • Certified, sealed birth certificate
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Valid or expired U.S. passport
  • Proof of identity such as a driver’s license (your passport will serve as both identity and citizenship)
  • One passport photograph without glasses (taken within the last six months); photos can be obtained from the coin-operated photo booth located in the Embassy and Consulate Marseille.
  • If you have a current passport and it was issued after you turned 16, use form DS-82. If you do not have a current passport, use form DS-11. If your passport was lost or stolen, use form DS-64. DO NOT sign your forms before your appointment.
    • If you never had a U.S. Social Security Number, fill out and submit this form.
    • Note: You must list an emergency contact in the U.S on your forms. You cannot list “Country.”
  • The fee for your emergency passport is due at the time of your interview, in cash or by credit card (the credit card holder must be present with a valid Government photo ID). If you have someone offering you financial assistance, please bring him/her along to pay. Otherwise, we will assist you to contact your family or friends in the United States for financial assistance.
  • Both parents/guardians must appear in person with the child and provide consent, authorizing the passport issuance.
    • If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian must accompany the application along with a photocopy of the front and back side of the ID they presented to the notary public with the DS-3053 form.  Please have this prepared before you apply for the passport.  Note: You may also have the French translation of this Form DS-3053 form notarized at a French mairie.
  • If the child only has one parent/guardian, evidence of sole authority to apply for the child must be submitted with the application in the form of an original:
      • Court order granting sole legal custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order)
      • A court order specifically permitting the applying parent to apply for the child’s passport
      • Judicial declaration of incompetence of the non-applying parent

You must bring with you:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship:  A copy or original of one valid form of photo identification, either:
    • Certified, sealed birth certificate
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Valid or expired U.S. passport
  • Proof of identity (the passport will serve as both identity and citizenship)
  • One passport photograph without glasses (taken within the last six months); photos can be obtained from the coin-operated photo booth located in the Embassy and Consulate Marseille.
  • For children, use form DS-11. If the passport was lost or stolen, use form DS-64. DO NOT sign your forms before your appointment.
    • If you never had a U.S. Social Security Number, fill out and submit this form.
    • Note: You must list an emergency contact in the U.S on your forms. You cannot list “Country.”
  • The fee for your emergency passport is due at the time of the interview, in cash or by credit card (the credit card holder must be present with a valid Government photo ID). If you have someone offering you financial assistance, please bring him/her along to pay. Otherwise, we will assist you to contact your family or friends in the United States for financial assistance.

Emergency passports can be replaced by mail. Processing time is approximately two weeks. Please include:

  • Completed, printed and signed form DS-5504.
  • Your most recent passport
  • One color 2×2-inch photo. Click here for photos requirements.
  • Either a prepaid Chronopost for France, or Collissimo, or a Lettre Suivie, 500g size A4 only, for the return of your passports.
    Mail your materials to:
    U.S. Embassy
    ACS/Passport Unit
    4, Avenue Gabriel
    75382 Paris Cedex 08