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Passport Services
Apply for or renew a U.S. Passport


We are accepting DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Applications and DS-5504 applications via courier service ONLY. (The DS-5504 is used to make a correction, register a name change within one year of passport issuance, or exchange a limited passport.)

ANNOUNCEMENT: In addition to online fee payments for U.S. passport renewals, the U.S. Embassy in Korea accepts online fee payments from U.S. citizens applying for the following:

  • Your first passport,
  • A passport for a child under 16,
  • If your previous passport was issued prior to age 16,
  • If your previous passport was lost, stolen, or damaged, or
  • If your previous passport was issued more than 15 years ago

Paying online will shorten your wait time during your appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Please see our DS-11 Passport Application webpage to determine if you are eligible for online fee payment.

What application form should I use?

If you are unsure which form you need, the Passport Wizard can guide you to the correct form.

General U.S. Passport Information

  • Current processing time for passports is 6-8 weeks.
  • DS-82 Passport Renewal Applications and DS-5504 applications are accepted ONLY by courier service. Please note that Ilyang is a secure courier service to receive and return your passports/documents.
  • You may renew your passport before it expires. If you have upcoming travel, please plan ahead.
  • Reminder for Dual National U.S. Citizens: U.S. law requires all U.S. citizens, including dual-national citizens, to enter the United States using their U.S. passport. We urge all U.S. citizens to keep their U.S. passports current.
  • Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip, and airlines may deny your boarding. Check travel.state.gov for entry requirements before you travel.
  • All U.S. citizens applying for a passport will be required to include their Social Security number on their application form.
  • All forms of digital manipulation and/or retouching of photographs are not acceptable. Glasses and face coverings such as bandages and masks that block any portion of the face are not acceptable. New passport applications submitted with photos that do not meet the requirements will be rejected and returned to the applicant. Please see the travel.state.gov passport photo webpage for more information. (U.S. passport and Korean passport photo sizes are different.)
  • Please be sure to bring an informal (certified not required) translation of all Korean documents submitted.
  • Applicants visiting the Embassy will be allowed to check in only one cell phone and one set of electronic car keys before entering the building. No other devices will be permitted, and the Embassy has no capacity to store them. For security reasons, the following items are prohibited:
    • Laptops and Tablets,
    • Any sharp objects (scissors, knives, etc.), weapons, or explosive materials of any kind,
    • Matches/Lighters.
  • Please leave the items at home or make arrangements for their storage before arriving for your appointment.