With the improvements in the COVID-19 situation in Korea, we now offer limited in-person appointments for those who need to submit a DS-11 passport application (minor applicants, first-time adult, first application after a lost/stolen passport) or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
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.)
Beginning May 23, 2021, qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $110 passport renewal fee online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or Pay Pal. Please see our Passport Renewal webpage to determine if you are eligible for online fee payment. See our FAQ page for more information on this new process.
Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport: If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. See this page for more information. U.S. citizens are encouraged to renew their passports prior to travel whenever feasible, as you may experience difficulties exiting or transiting Korea with an expired U.S. passport. For those with urgent travel needs, the U.S. Embassy Seoul can generally provide limited-validity, emergency passports valid for international travel within one to two business days.
- 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. Please leave these items at home or make arrangements for their storage before arriving for your appointment.
- Please be sure to bring an informal (certified not required) translation of all Korean documents submitted.
- All U.S. citizens applying for a passport will be required to include their Social Security number on their application form.
- We no longer accept passport photos in which the applicant is wearing glasses. This applies to minors and adults. You do not need to replace your current passport if your photo includes eyeglasses. Digital manipulation and/or retouching of photographs is not acceptable. New passport applications submitted with photos that do not meet requirements could delay applications and interfere with travel plans.
All U.S. passport applications submitted at U.S. embassies and consulates are sent to the United States for processing. American citizens in the Republic of Korea should seek early renewal of expiring passports. Please keep in mind that many countries require passports to be valid for at least six months beyond the travel dates.
Passport application forms are available at Department of State Passport Wizard. Applicants have two options to complete a passport application form :
1) Print PDF of the application form and complete by hand; OR,
2) Complete Application Online via the Passport Wizard and print it out. The Passport Wizard will walk you through the process of filling out any passport service form electronically and put the information into a barcode that we can upload instantly when you come in to apply for your passport. For assistance, please refer to the instructions for using the Passport Wizard.(PDF-1.39KB)
After filling out your application, bring it with you to the Embassy with an appointment or if applicable, send it via our designated courier service. (ILYANG)
You must make an appointment online for all routine U.S. citizen services such as passport application services, request for Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services. More information on making an appointment can be found here.
If you are submitting a DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals or a DS-5504, applications will only be accepted via courier service. (The DS-5504 is used to make a correction, register a name change within 1 year of passport issuance, or exchange a limited passport.)
Apply for a Passport
Request an Emergency Passport
The U.S. Embassy is able to issue emergency (limited validity) passports to facilitate travel for genuine emergencies only. Please schedule an appointment on the embassy’s appointment page and appear in person to explain your urgent need for travel. If your travel is scheduled within a week, bring a travel itinerary in addition to the online passport application and supporting documents (Minor passport/Adult passport/Lost/Stolen/Damaged passport) and fee listed on our website. Normally, emergency passports can be printed on the same day.
- If you wish to know the status of your passport, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must use the same email address that you listed on your passport application. Please provide your full name, date of birth, and type of passport (e.g., tourist or diplomatic).
- A return delivery courier slip filled out by you will be used to return your passport. Please note that you will need to pay for this service in cash directly to the courier upon delivery (fees are listed on the courier delivery slip).
- Passports that remain unclaimed after three (3) months from the date of issuance will be cancelled and sent back to the Department for destruction.
THIRD PARTY ATTENDANCE AT PASSPORT AND CONSULAR REPORT OF BIRTH ABROAD APPOINTMENT INTERVIEWS
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
- Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
- Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
- The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
- It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
- Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
- Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
- To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
- The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
- No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
- Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
- During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
- Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
- Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.