Adult Passports

ROUTINE Passport Renewal for Applicants Aged 16 And Over

Please read the criteria below. If you qualify for an adult passport renewal using a DS-82 application form, you may renew either in person or by mail. In either case, please complete the passport application form DS-82 (PDF 89 KB).

You may apply for your passport by following the instructions on this page if:

  • You are at least 16 years old at the time of application; and
  • Your most recent passport was issued when you were 16 years of age or older; and
  • Your most recent passport was issued within the last 15 years; and
  • Your most recent passport was not limited, i.e. it was issued for its full five- or ten-year validity (see note below for exceptions to this requirement); and
  • You have your previous passport to submit with this application; and
  • You are not requesting a change in the passport data, other than a name change due to marriage or a court order/deed poll.

Please see Lost/Stolen Passports for instructions for replacing a lost/stolen passport. Please see Correction of Information for instructions for changes of name by means other than marriage or correction of passport information. Please see Passports for instructions for all other passport renewals.

Note: If you have an emergency limited-validity passport issued at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside the United States that is now expired, you may renew your passport using these instructions, provided you meet all other criteria above. If your emergency passport has not yet expired, please see Replacing an Emergency Passport With a Full-Validity Passport.

In Person Application Requirements

Please make an appointment online and bring the following to your appointment:

  1. Your current, signed U.S. passport, plus a copy of the bio-data and signature pages.
    • If you have changed your name since your most recent passport was issued less than a year ago, please follow the instructions for Correction of Information on Passport.
    • If you have changed your name and it has been more than one year since your last passport was issued, use the following instructions. If you changed your name via marriage, bring the original and a copy of the marriage certificate. If you changed your name via deed poll or government court order, please bring the original and a copy of those documents and a government-issued ID in that new name. If the original documents are in a language other than English, please bring a certified English translation as well.
  2. Form DS-82 must be printed on separate sheets of paper; do NOT print this form on front and back of the same sheet. If you experience trouble with the Passport Application Wizard, please download the Form DS-82 (PDF 89 KB). For tips on completing the DS-82 [PDF], please see Completing Form DS-82.
  3. One Photo: The photo must be 2″ X 2″ (5 cm X 5 cm) with a white background. Eyeglasses are no longer allowed in U.S. passport photos. For details about the photo requirements, please see Passport Photos.
  4. Social Security Card. For details about the Social Security Number Requirement, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
  5. Fees: The application fee is US$110 or HK$880.
    Payment options are as follows:

    • U.S. or local currency;
    • Please note that the Consulate cannot accept Hong Kong currency in denominations larger than 500 HKD bills (i.e., we do not accept 1000 HKD bills or greater).
    • Please also note that we regret that US $100 banknote series 1990 and also series 1914-1990 are no longer accepted.
    • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diners Club. All credit card transactions are in U.S. dollars as if the transaction occurred in the United States.

Mail Application Requirements

Please mail your DS-82 passport application, along with all supporting documents and photo as outlined above. We cannot accept applications sent from China or other countries. 

Note that you must submit your most recent passport with your application. It will be cancelled and returned to you with your new passport.

Your envelope should be addressed to:

Passport-by-Mail Service
American Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate General
26 Garden Road
Hong Kong

Please enclose a self-addressed return envelope. We can only return passports to addresses in Hong Kong and Macau. Passport requests from applicants living in China or other countries will be returned.

Please note: While Hongkong Post is very reliable, we cannot guarantee delivery of your passport. Those who want guaranteed delivery or the ability to track the receipt or delivery of their passport should include a self-addressed Local CourierPost or Speed Post prepaid envelope (purchased in Hong Kong). The weight of the returned passport will be less than 500 grams. Inquiries regarding Speedpost or Local CourierPost should be directed to the Hong Kong Post Office. As the Consulate does not keep track of tracking numbers, you are advised to keep a record of your CourierPost or Speedpost tracking number so you can track your passport’s return to you.

  • Fees: The application fee is US$110 or HK$880.
    Payment options are as follows:

    • Check (certified or cashier’s) made payable to “USDO Symbol 8768”. Personal checks are not acceptable;
    • Bank draft made payable to “USDO Symbol 8768”;
    • Money order (U.S. Postal, commercial; international, currency exchange) made payable to “USDO Symbol 8768”;
    • Checks, bank drafts and money orders must be drawn in U.S. dollars on a bank in the United States and must have been issued within the last five months. You are able to purchase this kind of draft, check, or money order at most large local banks. Please take these instructions and the following sample check to the bank for reference. (PDF 201 KB)

Processing Time

The passport application will be sent to the United States for printing. You should allow 3 weeks for your application to be processed. If you choose to pick up the new passport in-person or send a third party to the Consulate, you may retain your current passport after your renewal appointment. Your current passport will be cancelled when you come to pick up your new passport at the Consulate. If the current passport can be cancelled at the renewal appointment, you may choose to have the new passport mailed to your Hong Kong or Macau address.

If you are traveling within 3 weeks, please make an appointment online to apply in person as there is no longer enough time to do a mail application.


Last modified:May 26, 2020