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U.S. Citizen Services

Consular services for U.S. citizens in France are available at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and the consulates general in Marseille and Strasbourg.
Routine U.S. Citizen Services are available by appointment only.

Security at the U.S. Embassy and U.S. consulates (What you can bring).

Embassy and Consulates Closing Dates.

General Questions

What is the current status of passport operations?

What to Expect:

  • Appointment availability: The Appointment Scheduling Calendar shows the next available appointments. New appointments are added regularly. Please book the first available appointment. You may be able to adjust it later if a more convenient appointment becomes available.
  • Routine processing is 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Our processing times begin the day we receive your application at the embassy or consulate, not the day you mail your application or apply for a passport at the embassy or consulate.
  • Adults with 10-year passports can renew their passport by mail in most circumstances, without an appointment, instead of appearing in person.
  • Plan ahead and apply early.

Use Self-Service Tools Online: Get your questions answered immediately by using one of the self-service tools available on our site. Check online for your passport status. Consular representatives will not give status updates over the phone.

I need my passport sooner than I thought. What can I do?

If you are traveling within seven days, please book an emergency passport appointment.

I’m renewing my passport. Do I get the old one back? Will I get a new passport number?

Yes, in most cases, we will return the old, canceled passport to you. We recommend keeping your old passport in a safe place as it is considered proof of your U.S. citizenship.

If your old passport is linked to a valid visa, you can still use the valid visa. You must travel with both your new and old passports in this case.

When you receive your new passport, the number on the document will be different from the number on your previous passport.

How much does a U.S. passport cost?

The cost of your U.S. passport will depend on the type of passport you request. See Passport Fees for more information on the cost of a U.S. passport book or a U.S. passport card and all associated services

Where are the instructions for filling out the passport forms?

Form instructions can be found on each form or the following pages:

How do I make an appointment?

 

How do I apply for a passport card?

You use the same form that you would use to apply for a passport book (DS-11 or DS-82). There is a checkbox on the form for you to indicate that you are applying for a passport card.

If you already have a passport book and you are eligible to use Form DS-82 (renewal by mail), you may apply for a passport card using DS-82 even if this is your first passport card. Otherwise you will need to use form DS-11 to apply for a passport card.

Change/correction of name in a passport

 I am recently married or divorced. How do I change my name on my passport?

If you are changing your name within one year of the date your passport was issued, you will need to complete Form DS-5504: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement.
If you are changing your name more than a year after your passport was issued, you must submit Form DS-82: Renewal Application.
For more information, see How to Change or Correct a Passport.

There is an error in my passport.  What can I do?

In order to correct the error, please send the following to the mailing address below:

  1. Completed, printed, and signed form DS-5504
  2. One color 2×2-inch photo. Clickhere for photo requirements.
  3. If you have never had a U.S. Social Security Number, complete this form.
    1. If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number,  contact theFederal Benefits Unit before applying for the passport.
  4. The original passportwith the error
  5. Supporting documention to correct the error (ex., birth certificate, previous passport, valid government-issued ID, etc.)
  6. A prepaid and self-addressed returnenvelope for a minimum weight of 500g and A4 size from Chronopost (metropolitan France only)  Collissimo, or Lettre Suivie, for the return of your documents.

Please note that the passport correction will take at least 2 weeks to process.  If the correction is reported within a year of the passport issuance date, the new passport will be issued with a new full-validity expiry date.  If the error is reported more than a year after the passport issuance date, the new passport will be issued with the same expiry date as on the incorrect passport.

Adult Passports

May I use A-4 size paper when I download a Passport Application?

You can use A4 paper. The forms you print must be clear and sharp, printed in black on white paper, with no holes or perforations, at least medium (such as used in most photocopiers) paper weight. Do not use paper with a shiny surface. Thermal paper, dye-sublimation paper, special inkjet paper, and other shiny papers are not acceptable.

How do I see the status of my application?

You can check your status online using our Online Passport Status System. It may take 2 weeks from the day you apply until your application status is “In Process.” If your passport status update says “Not Available,” your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to us.

Children (Under 16)

How do I renew my child’s passport?

To apply for a first-time passport or renew a child’s passport, you must make an in-person appointment. You can make your appointment online for the Embassy in Paris or the 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  and complete Form DS-3053.  You may also have the French translation of Form DS-3053 notarized at a French mairie office.

For more information:

Does a minor under 16 need to have parental or legal guardian consent when applying for a passport?

Yes. For a complete explanation of Parental Consent for a Minor’s passport application go to Children Under 16.

Where can the “Two parent consent form” be notarized?

Both parents must consent to passport renewal. If only one parent can come, the absent parent(s) must present a notarized consent form — Form DS-3053, available on this page.  This must be signed in front of a notary in the United States, a U.S. consular officer, or the French translation of Form DS-3053 may be notarized at a French mairie office.

What is the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP)?

Parents may enroll their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), one of the Department of State’s most important tools for preventing international parental child abduction.  If a passport application is submitted for a child who is enrolled in CPIAP, the Department attempts to alert the parent or parents to verify whether the parents approve passport issuance.

Does my child have to come in for his application?

Yes, the child must be present.

How do I take my newborn’s picture? 

It is acceptable if a newborn’s eyes are not entirely open. All other children must have their eyes open and look straight ahead towards the camera. One way to do this is to place the child on a white blanket on the floor and take the photo while standing over him/her. You can also go to a professional photographer if you prefer.

Passport Validity

I am a dual national.  May I use my foreign passport to travel to the U.S.?

U.S. citizens are required by U.S. law to enter and leave the United States with a valid U.S. passport. This law applies to dual citizens and children.

When entering or leaving the United States, as per section 215 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185(b)), U.S. citizens are required to show a valid U.S. passport.  If a U.S. citizen attempts to travel to the U.S. on another passport, this often results in delays, missed flights and further complications.

How long must my passport be valid to travel to France? 

Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. If your passport does not meet Schengen requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin, while transferring planes, or upon arrival in France. We recommend that your passport have at least six months’ validity remaining as many other nations require this

The passport must have at least one blank page for stamps.

The Government of France does not recognize the 12-page U.S. emergency passport issued by U.S. embassies and consulates overseas as a valid travel document for visa-free entry into France. If traveling on this emergency passport, you may be refused boarding and/or entry by immigration officials. Only direct transit through France for a destination in the United States is permitted with an emergency passport. You should check entry requirements of any other country of destination to make sure the emergency passport is accepted for entry.

How long must my passport be valid to travel to the U.S.? 

You may enter the United States up to the day your U.S. passport expires.

If you return to France your U.S. passport . If your passport does not meet Schengen requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin, while transferring planes, or upon arrival in France. We recommend that your passport have at least six months’ validity remaining.

I’ve found my passport after declaring lost/stolen to travel to the U.S.  May I use it for travel? 

No. Once a U.S. passport is reported as lost or stolen it cannot under any circumstances be used for travel.  The fact it was reported lost or stolen is passed to other countries automatically and trying to use could result in denial or entry or arrest and detention.

How many blank passport pages do I need to enter France? 

The passport must have at least one blank page for stamps.

Questions about U.S. Citizenship

I was born in the United States, am I automatically a U.S. citizen?

Most people born in the United States automatically acquire U.S. citizenship at birth.  The only exception are children of foreign diplomats who have full diplomatic immunity.  If you were born in the United States and have never had a U.S. passport before, you can apply for one by following the instructions here. 

Please note that there are certain obligations that come with U.S. citizenship.  For example, U.S. citizens must file taxes, even if they work and reside abroad and males must register with the Selective Service at age 18.  Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.

I am a U.S. citizen, but also have a foreign passport. Can I travel to the United States on the foreign passport?

No, by law (8 U.S.C. § 1185(b)), U.S. citizens are required to enter and leave the United States with a valid U.S. passport. This law applies to dual citizens and children as well.

Can a U.S. citizen have dual citizenship?

Dual nationality is permissible under U.S. law. Further information is provided through the Department of State’s website at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-and-dual-nationality/dual-nationality.html.

Birth Documentation and Copies of Passport Records

How do I get a certified copy of my U.S. birth certificate?

Contact the Vital Records office in the state where you were born.  If you need an apostilled copy, check with the state Secretary of State for information on the apostille process.

What do I do if there is no birth record for me on file anywhere?

If you were born in the U.S. and there is no birth record on file, you will need several different documents to substantiate your citizenship. You will need:

  • A letter of no record issued from the Vital Statistics office of the state of your birth with your name and what years were searched for your birth record.
  • Early public records to prove your birth in the U.S.

To learn more, visit Citizenship Evidence.

If you were born outside the U.S. and your U.S. parent(s) did not register your birth at the U.S. embassy or consulate, you may apply for a U.S. passport. You will need:

  • Your foreign birth certificate showing both of your parents’ names
  • Evidence of your parent(s) U.S. citizenship and
  • Your parents’ marriage certificate (if applicable)

To learn more, visit Citizenship Evidence.

How can I obtain a copy of my Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) or passport records?

The Embassy is not able to provide a copy of CRBAs or passport records.   Please see the Department of State’s website for details on how to obtain such documents.

Social Security Number Requirement

Do I have to provide my Social Security number on my passport application?

Yes. U.S. law and regulations (22 U.S.C. § 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f)) requires applicants to provide their Social Security number, if they have one, when applying for a U.S. passport or renewal of a U.S. passport.

If you fail to provide the information, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application. You may also be subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS pursuant to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E).  All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.

What if I don’t have a Social Security number?

If you would like to apply for a U.S. passport, and you don’t have a Social Security number, you will need to submit a statement, signed and dated, which 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.”

What if I am applying for a passport for my child who does not have a Social Security number yet?

You will need to submit a statement, signed and dated, which 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:  (Child’s full name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

What if I can’t remember my Social Security number?

Contact the Social Security Administration for information about obtaining a new or replacement Social Security number and card. If you submit an application for a U.S. passport and do not provide a Social Security number, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application.

I have not received my child’s social security card. Where is it?

Social Security cards are processed by the Embassy’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) and take longer to process than U.S. passports.  A request for a Social Security Number is NOT automatically generated when you register your child’s birth with us or apply for the child’s passport.  You must affirmatively apply for the number.  Please contact the FBU at FBU.Paris@ssa.gov for further information.

What if I have an emergency and need to travel but cannot locate my Social Security number?

We may be able to issue you a limited passport for direct return to the United States only.