Passport Services

Applicant 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.

Effective immediately, please be sure to bring an informal  (certified not required) translation of all Korean documents submitted, not including prenatal records.

 

All U.S. citizens applying for a passport will be required to include their Social Security number on their application form. U.S. citizens who were never issued a Social Security number can apply for one along with the passport application or sign a sworn statement declaring that they have never applied for a number. To submit a first-time Social Security application for a U.S. citizen who is age 12 or older, he/she will need to have one form of valid U.S. government-issued identification. For any U.S. citizens under the age of 12, LPRs or foreigners must apply through the SSA office in Manila. Please contact the SSA in Manila directly for any assistance. You can find the SS-5 application and instructions at this link. If you have a number but do not remember it, contact the Social Security Administration (FBU.Manila@ssa.gov) BEFORE submitting your passport application. This new policy applies to routine passport services and will not prevent emergency travel to the United States. NOTE: Applicants without an SSN will no longer be able to mail or courier their DS-82 (adult renewals) and DS-5504 (e.g. limited passport replacement) forms to the Embassy. Please make an appointment to be interviewed in person.

We will 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. 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 the U.S. embassies and consulates are sent to the United States for processing.  Upon receipt of a completed application, processing generally takes two weeks for passport applications submitted in Seoul.  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 one of the courier services.

 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.

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.

  • Average passport processing time is about 2-3 weeks upon receipt of a completed application. If you have not received your passport in 3 weeks and wish to know the status of your passport, please send an email to seoulinfoacs@state.gov. 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).