If you were issued an emergency, limited-validity passport at an Embassy or Consulate because you had urgent need of travel, you should apply to renew this passport for a full-validity passport as soon as possible. All applicants, even children, may apply by mail as long as the emergency passport is still valid.
Please Note: If your emergency passport was issued more than one year ago, you must follow the instructions for normal passport renewal, which may require you to appear in person (depending on your age) and will require you to pay renewal fees. See our page for Passport Services for more information.
Follow the step-by-step instructions to renew a limited, temporary passport issued less than one year ago:
STEP 1: Submit your emergency passport:
STEP 2: Passport application form DS-5504:
STEP 3: Photographs
STEP 4: Postage
STEP 5: Send your Application
Please send your passport application, your valid temporary passport, self-addressed prepaid envelope, photos, and additional proof of ID and citizenship (if applicable) to the following address:
US Embassy, Attn: Passport Unit
4 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris
Failure to submit a complete and correct application will delay your case.
Upon receiving a complete application the processing time for a passport is 4-6 weeks.
According to Section 215 of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185), it is illegal for an American citizen to enter or leave the U.S. on anything other than an American passport.
This applies to dual citizens as well, meaning that persons holding e.g. both French and American citizenship and passports must enter and leave the U.S. on a U.S. passport. They may not enter/leave the U.S. on a foreign passport. This applies to children as well as adults.