Replacing an Emergency Passport With a Full-Validity Passport

If you were issued an emergency, limited-validity passport at an Embassy or Consulate because you had urgent need of travel, you should apply to replace this passport for a full-validity passport as soon as possible. All applicants, even children, may apply by mail or courier as long as the emergency passport is still valid.

Please note that two consecutive emergency passports cannot be issued. Your next application must be for a full-validity passport, which will be printed in the United States and take approximately 10 working days to process.

If you are traveling within the 10 working days, please make an appointment online and bring the following to your appointment, otherwise, please submit the following by mail. Please use LocalCourier Post or Speedpost (in Macau) if you want to guarantee or trace delivery.

  • Your emergency passport: This passport will be cancelled and returned to you with your new passport;
  • Complete Form DS-5504.

    Parents should sign for children under age 16. Please ignore pages one and two of the printed instruction pages, as they do not apply when applying for your passport in the Hong Kong. Follow the instructions on this page. Form DS-5504 must be printed on separate sheets of paper; do NOT print this form on front and back of the same sheet. For tips on completing the DS-5504 [PDF], please see Completing the DS-5504;

  • One Photo: The photo must be 2″ X 2″ (5 cm X 5 cm) with a white background. Eye glasses are no longer be allowed in U.S. passport photos. For details about the photo requirements, please see Passport Photos.
  • A self-addressed return envelope in which to have your documents returned to you once processing is completed. 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 Hong Kong 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 Postage Prepaid Envelope (for delivery to Hong Kong) or SpeedPost prepaid envelope (for delivery to Macau). The weight of the returned passport will be less than 500 grams. Inquiries regarding SpeedPost or Local CourierPost should be directed to HongKong 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.
  • If the endorsement on the last page of your emergency passport states that your passport was issued under 22 CFR 51.41, you must also submit proof of citizenship in the form of one of the following:
    • a U.S. birth certificate;
    • a U.S. naturalization certificate;
    • a U.S. certificate of citizenship;
    • a U.S. consular report of birth abroad; or
    • an expired passport;
  • If the endorsement on the last page of your emergency passport states that your passport was issued under 22 CFR 51.28, you must also submit proof of identity in the form of one of the following:
    • a valid passport of any country;
    • a valid driver’s license with photograph;
    • a national identity card with photograph;
    • a valid U.S. or state government ID card;
    • a U.S. military ID card; or
  • Fees: There is no fee for this service.

Please mail your passport application, along with all supporting documents and photos. We cannot accept applications sent from China or other countries.

Your envelope should be addressed to:

Passport-by-Mail Service
American Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate General
26 Garden Road
Central
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 Hong Kong 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 Postage Prepaid Envelope (for delivery to Hong Kong) or SpeedPost prepaid envelope (for delivery to Macau). The weight of the returned passport will be less than 500 grams. Inquiries regarding SpeedPost or Local CourierPost should be directed to HongKong 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.

An application for a full-validity (ten year) passport will be sent to the United States for printing with a secure, photo-digitized image of the bearer. You should allow 10 working days for your application to be processed.

If you are traveling within 10 working days please make an appointment online.

If your emergency passport is no longer valid, you must follow the instructions for normal passport renewal (add hyperlink for “Routine Passport Renewal for Applicants 18 or over”), which may require you to appear in person (depending on your age) and will require you to pay renewal fees.

If your passport was issued under 22 CFR 51.41 and/or 22 CFR 51.28 (check the endorsement on the last page of your passport), you will also have to submit the following in addition to the listed requirements for your specific renewal:

Proof of Citizenship (if your endorsement specifies 22 CFR 51.41):

  • a U.S. birth certificate; or
  • a U.S. naturalization certificate; or
  • a U.S. certificate of citizenship; or
  • a U.S. consular report of birth abroad; or
  • an expired passport;

Proof of Identity (if your endorsement specifies 22 CFR 51.28):

  • a valid passport of any country; or
  • a valid driver’s license with photograph; or
  • a national identity card with photograph; or
  • a valid U.S. or State government ID card; or
  • a U.S. military ID card;

 

Last modified: April 28, 2017