Applying for a Passport

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Life is unpredictable. You never know when you may need to travel suddenly to the United States. The last thing you need to do in an emergency is worry about getting to the Embassy to get your or your child’s passport renewed. It is much better to do it when it is convenient for you.
  • The passport is proof of U.S. citizenship. Every U.S. citizen abroad should have valid proof of his/her citizenship at all times.
  • If you wait too long, adults cannot renew an expired passport by mail.
  • A valid passport is required for some Israeli administrative purposes and you do not want to get caught with an expired passport if you need to process an application for some benefit.

Yes. In nearly all cases, your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you with the new one.

We do not have the authority to transfer visas or stamps issued by other countries. When you renew your passport, your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you with your new one; you should then contact the appropriate authority of the country that issued the visa for further information.

No.  You must apply for the passport at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you are currently present.

If you are eligible to apply for the passport renewal by mail, you should use this service.  Appointments are limited and are reserved for those who are required to apply in person. Please see the instructions for your specific passport service for more information.

You should disregard the instructions on the passport forms as they refer specifically to passport applications processed in the United States. You should follow the instructions on this website.

In general, children under the age of 16 are issued passports valid for five years; those 16 and over are issued passports valid for ten years.

You should allow two three weeks for a full validity or second passport to be processed, regardless of the method of application.  During busy seasons, this time may be increased

Emergency passports are generally issued with a validity of one year.

As of January 1, 2016, it is no longer possible to add extra pages to a U.S. passport.  You are required to apply for a new passport and in most cases may do so by mail.  Please see the instructions for your specific passport service for more information.

There are certain acceptable forms of name changes that may be entered into U.S. passports. For further information on acceptable name changes and application procedures to apply for a new passport in your new name, please follow this link