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Passport Renewal By Mail for Adults Holding a 10-Year Validity Passport Issued within the Last 15 Years

Applying for a U.S. Passport from Outside the United States 

Renew your current passport by mail and obtain a passport card if all of the following are true:  

Your Most Recent U.S. Passport:

  1. Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
  2. Was issued when you were age 16 or older (except for holders of 5-year validity passports)
  3. Was issued within the last 15 years

You may also replace a limited U.S. passport book (emergency passport) and make a change of legal name by mail.

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, please select another passport option.

Please submit all required documents to the address provided below:

  1. Complete Passport Application Form DS-82*. We require that this form be completed online. Print one-sided pages only, then sign and date.
  2. Social Security Number:
    Providing a U.S. Social Security Number in box # 5 is mandatory if the applicant has been issued a number.  If the applicant does not currently have an SSN and does not wish to obtain an SSN, then he/she should fill in the passport application SSN box # 5 with zeros.
  3. Current or expiring passport:  If your passport is damaged or mutilated passports, contact us;
  4. Photo – one current U.S. standard size passport photograph for biometric passports.  U.S. passport photos are significantly different from other types of passport photos. French photo booth photographs are NOT acceptable for U.S. passport issuance. Computer scanned images may not be accepted.  All photos must have a white, light or neutral off white background.  Do NOT staple or paperclip the photo to your application: include it in a separate envelope or carefully insert it with your application. Failure to submit the correct photographs will result in significant processing delays.
  5. Payment − (83 Euros) accepted form of payment for by mail services in Paris is a Mandat cash, blue form (PDF - 266 kb) See fees and payment methods. We do NOT accept any personal checks or cash.
  6. Return envelope requirements – one self-addressed Chronopost envelope for the return of  passports:  please keep top copy of delivery information with bar code and tracking number for your records. (One envelope can contain up to 6 passports).

Please allow approximately 10 to 14 days for receipt of the new and cancelled old passport.

For more information see tips on completing passport forms and sending the application (PDF, 94 kb). 

Where To Send Your Passport Application:

Note that the online version of the Department of State application form includes instructions for use in the U.S. only.  These instructions do not apply to your application in France.  Do not send your file to the United States if you are making a by mail passport application in France.  Please follow specific instructions provided on this webpage and send your complete application by registered mail or Chronopost to:

U.S. Embassy
ACS/Passport Unit 
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08

* Please note: We require that all applications be filled out online and printed from a laser printer.  If you choose to submit a hand-written application or print the application on a non-laser printer, this could cause delays in processing your application.  Thank you for your understanding.


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