Adult Passports

ROUTINE Passport Renewal for Applicants Aged 16 And Over

Please read the criteria below. If you qualify for an adult passport renewal, you should renew by mail and complete the passport application online (

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

  • Your most recent passport was issued for a validity of 10 years (see the Emergency Passport Replacement section for the one exception to this requirement); and
  • Your most recent passport was issued within the last 15 years; 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.

Mail-In Application Requirements

Applicants in Hong Kong and Macau can complete the entire adult renewal process by mail. We cannot accept applications from China or any other places besides Hong Kong or Macau.

Please include the following documents in your mail-in package:

  • Your current U.S. passport, plus a copy of the biodata/signature page.
  • completed form DS-82. To type the form on your computer (recommended), complete the form online and print ( For tips on completing the DS-82, please see Completing Form DS-82.
  • 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.
  • For details about the Social Security Number Requirement, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your new passport. Please see here for further information on preparing it.
  • Payment: Online payment is preferred. Pay the $130 passport application fee via the U.S. government’s secure payment site. After successfully paying the fee, you must print out the electronic payment confirmation you receive via email and include it in the package you send to the Consulate.

Please read the following for more information about payment:

  • The application fee is US$130.
  • Adult passport applicants in Hong Kong or Macau who are renewing their passport via mail can use Pay.Gov to pay the passport fees.  When using, please choose from the drop-down menu the location to which you will be sending your mail-in application, in other words HONG KONG, not China.
  • Online payment can be submitted via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or Pay Pal.
  • This service ONLY applies to adult passport applicants who are renewing their full validity, ten-year passport book, via mail.  Minor children and first-time adult applicants will still need to apply in-person and pay the fees at the consulate.  You may NOT use to get a new passport card or renew your existing passport card.
  • Please note that personal checks and cash are not acceptable.
  • If you cannot pay using one of the above payment options, please make an appointment to renew your passport in person at the consulate.

Your envelope should be addressed to:

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

If you have an urgent need to renew your passport or are unable to use one of the payment options above for mail-in renewal, you may make an appointment to renew your passport in person.

Please make an appointment online and bring your completed DS-82 and the supporting documents mentioned above to your appointment. Make sure to bring a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your new passport. Please see below for further information on preparing it. In-person collection of passports at the consulate will only be permitted under limited circumstances.

The application fee is US$130 or HK$1040. Payment options at the U.S. Consulate are as follows:

  • U.S. or local currency cash
  • 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.

Please note that the Consulate cannot accept Hong Kong currency in denominations larger than $500 bills. Please also note that US $100 banknote series 1990 and also series 1914-1990 are no longer accepted.

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 the instructions on this page, provided you meet all the other criteria above. If your emergency passport has not yet expired, please see Replacing an Emergency Passport With a Full-Validity Passport.

Please see Lost/Stolen Passports for instructions on replacing a lost/stolen passport.

If you have made a major change to your name and you have a formal name change document, such as a deed poll, a court order, or a marriage certificate, issued within the past year, you may proceed with your adult passport renewal using the DS-82 form.  Write your new name in the first block of the DS-82 form and your old name in the space for other/previous names.  Include the original name change document in your packet if you are renewing by mail; if it is in a language other than English, also provide a certified English translation.  If you do not feel comfortable sending the original name change document, please see the tab for in-person application requirements.

If you are changing your name with a formal name change document that is older than one year, or you are making minor name changes that do not require a name change document, or you are changing your name through common usage, or you are changing your gender, date of birth or place of birth, you may not use a DS-82 form, and you may not renew your passport by mail.  You must renew in person using the DS-11 form.  See Adult First Time Passport Applicants for further instructions.

You should allow 3-4 weeks for your application to be processed. If you will be traveling sooner than that, you should request an emergency one-year passport for immediate travel, which you can replace with a full-validity passport when you return from your trip.

In light of security procedures and COVID social distancing measures, which encourage us to have fewer people in our waiting room, our default procedure will always be to cancel your current passport at the time of your interview and mail you back your new passport. We will follow this procedure unless you specifically request otherwise.

If you need to retain your current passport for immediate travel while you are waiting for your renewal to be processed, you may ask consular staff not to cancel it. You must provide information about a specific, upcoming trip to exercise this option. You may not retain your uncancelled passport “just in case.” If we do not cancel your passport, we will provide instructions how you can return in person to pick up the new one, and we will cancel the previous one at that time.

Since we are not able to mail new passports outside of our consular district, people applying for passport renewals who do not have mailing addresses in Hong Kong or Macau will be required to collect new passports in person. If you are supposed to do an in-person pick-up but are unable to do so, you may send a third party to the Consulate to collect the passport for you. Please provide this person with the receipt, the old passport for cancellation, and a signed permission note.

New passports that are not collected within 90 days will, according to regulations, be returned to Washington, DC, and you will have to restart the process, including paying the fee again.


Last modified: December 25, 2022