Passport Renewal

Due to COVID-19, we encourage all adults renewing a 10-year passport to do so by mail. Note that mail-in renewal is not possible for children’s passports, passports issued more than 15 years ago, or for first-time adult passports (after age 16).

Other Special Considerations

  • If you have a ticketed flight within the next three weeks, once you have gathered the required items above, schedule your in-person appointment here. If you are unable to find an available appointment online, please contact PassportsParis@state.gov and attach a copy of your ticket to request service.
  • If your name has changed, follow the instructions and links provided here.
  • If you never had a U.S. Social Security Number, fill out and submit this form (PDF 80 KB). If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number, please email the Federal Benefits Unit before applying for the passport.

You will need:

  • Your most recent U.S. passport
  • If your most recent passport was issued within the last 15 years and when you were age 16 or older, complete and sign a form DS-82. Otherwise, complete form DS-11 Note: Please list an emergency contact in the United States. You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms.
  • One color 2×2-inch photo. Click here for photos requirements.
  • Pay the passport application fee via the U.S. government’s secure payment site. Please print the electronic confirmation you receive via e-mail after successfully paying the fee and include it in the package you send to the embassy.
  • self-addressed, prepaid envelope for passport return, with capacity for 500g for each applicant.  This can be:

    • A Lettre Suivie (“pret-a-poster”) 500g envelope, one for each applicant.  If more than one applicant, each applicant needs their own envelope.
    • A  Chronopost (“pret-a-expedier”) or Collissimo (“pret-a-envoyer”) envelope good for at least 500 grams per applicant. One applicant can use the 1 kg (the smallest available) envelope and multiple applicants can use the same envelope, as long as you allow for  500g per applicant.  Ex., Two applicants could be returned together in the 1 kg envelope, four applicants in the 2 kg envelope, etc.
    • NOTE: Applicants outside of Metropolitan France and Monaco should use a Letter Suivie or a Chronopost “Monde et Outre-Mer” envelope.
    • Applicants for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may use the same 500g envelope for both the passport and the CRBA, but the envelope must be A4 size.

Processing takes about two weeks. Please mail your materials to either location:

  • Paris: U.S. Embassy; ACS/Passport Unit; 4, avenue Gabriel; 75382 Paris Cedex 08 France
  • Marseille: U.S. Consulate; ACS/Passport Unit; Place Varian Fry; 13286 Marseille Cedex 6 France

You must make an in-person appointment for any of the following special circumstances:

  • Your current passport is issued for less than the standard 10 years.
  • Your passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • You are applying for your first adult (over the age of 16) passport
You can make your appointment online for the Embassy in Paris or Consulate in Marseille. For an appointment in Strasbourg, call 01 43 12 47 11 or email: USAStrasbourg@state.gov.
Please bring with you to your appointment:
  • A completed DS-11 form. Do not sign it.
    • If you have never had a U.S. Social Security Number, complete this form.
    •  If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number,  contact the Federal Benefits Unit before applying for the passport.
  • Your most recent U.S. passport. If your most recent U.S. passport expired more than 15 years ago, please bring an original and copy of your valid government-issued ID (foreign passport, French ID, etc.)
  • Original and copy of your U.S. Birth certificate, Report of Birth Abroad, or Naturalization Certificate
  • One color 2×2 inch photo. Click here for photos requirements
  • self-addressed, prepaid envelope for passport return, with capacity for 500g for each applicant.  This can be:

    • A Lettre Suivie (“pret-a-poster”) 500g envelope, one for each applicant.  If more than one applicant, each applicant needs their own envelope.
    • A  Chronopost (“pret-a-expedier”) or Collissimo (“pret-a-envoyer”) envelope good for at least 500 grams per applicant. One applicant can use the 1 kg (the smallest available) envelope and multiple applicants can use the same envelope, as long as you allow for  500g per applicant.  Ex., Two applicants could be returned together in the 1 kg envelope, four applicants in the 2 kg envelope, etc.
    • NOTE: Applicants outside of Metropolitan France and Monaco should use a Letter Suivie or a Chronopost “Monde et Outre-Mer” envelope.
    • Applicants for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may use the same 500g envelope for both the passport and the CRBA, but the envelope must be A4 size.
  • If you are ages 16-17, you must show parental awareness of that you are applying. Please see special instructions here.

You can pay the fee at the time of your interview in cash or by credit card (the credit card holder must be present).

Processing takes about two weeks.

To renew a child’s passport, you must make an in-person appointment. You can make your appointment online for the Embassy in Paris or Consulate in Marseille. For an appointment in Strasbourg, call 01 43 12 47 11 or email: USAStrasbourg@state.gov.

Important: Both parents and the child must be present. Both parents must consent to passport renewal. If only one parent can come, please go to this page, step #7 “Show Parental Consent”  and complete Form DS-3053.  You may also have the French translation of this Form DS-3053 form notarized at a French mairie.

Please bring with you to your appointment:

  • A completed DS-11 form. Do not sign it.
    • If you have never had a U.S. Social Security Number, complete this form.
    •  If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number,  contact the Federal Benefits Unit before applying for the passport.
  • Original plus one copy of both parents’ government-issued ID (U.S. or foreign passport, French ID, etc.)
  • Your child’s most recent U.S. passport.
  • Original and copy of the child’s U.S. Birth certificate, Report of Birth Abroad, or Naturalization Certificate.
  • One color 2×2 inch photo. Click here for photos requirements.
  • self-addressed, prepaid envelope for passport return, with capacity for 500g for each applicant.  This can be:

    • A Lettre Suivie (“pret-a-poster”) 500g envelope, one for each applicant.  If more than one applicant, each applicant needs their own envelope.
    • A  Chronopost (“pret-a-expedier”) or Collissimo (“pret-a-envoyer”) envelope good for at least 500 grams per applicant. One applicant can use the 1 kg (the smallest available) envelope and multiple applicants can use the same envelope, as long as you allow for  500g per applicant.  Ex., Two applicants could be returned together in the 1 kg envelope, four applicants in the 2 kg envelope, etc.
    • NOTE: Applicants outside of Metropolitan France and Monaco should use a Letter Suivie or a Chronopost “Monde et Outre-Mer” envelope.
    • Applicants for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may use the same 500g envelope for both the passport and the CRBA, but the envelope must be A4 size.

You can pay the fee at the time of your interview in cash or by credit card (the credit card holder must be present).

Processing takes about two to three weeks.