Applying by Mail or in Person

You may apply for passport renewal in person through pre-arranged appointment or by mail if your passport :

  • Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application;
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older;
  • Has not expired more than five years ago;
  • Was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change by U.S. Court Order or Marriage Certificate;
  • Was valid for 10 years.

If the above statements do not apply to you, you must schedule an appointment and apply for the passport in person.   Click on “Passport Services in Person” on the left-hand navigation bar and follow the instructions that describe your situation.

Please review the following FIVE STEPS before beginning your application

Step 1 – Complete Form DS-82, Application for a U.S. Passport
Applicants are required to complete the passport application form DS-82: Please print only the last two pages of the form on two separate sheets of paper.   Do NOT print this form on front and back of the same sheet.

Tips for applicants applying in Greece

Step 2 – Supporting Documents

If any of the following apply in your case, you are required to submit:

  • Your most recent U.S. passport: This passport will be cancelled and returned to you with your new passport.  Please make sure your most recent U.S. passport is signed;
  •   If your most recent U.S passport was an emergency passport, issued under 22 CFR 51.41 and/or 22 CFR 51.28 (check the endorsement on the last page of your passport), you are also required to submit proof of citizenship (if your endorsement specifies 22 CFR 51.41):
  • 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
  •  Proof of Identity (if your endorsement specifies 22 CFR 51.28):
  • a valid passport of any country;
  • a valid driver’s license with photograph;
  • a national identity card with photograph;
  • a U.S. military I.D. card;
  • Original Marriage Certificate or U.S. Court Order showing change of   name.
  •  Foreign naturalization certificate: If you have naturalized as a citizen of a foreign country since your last passport was issued, please provide a photocopy of your foreign naturalization certificate and a statement regarding your intentions when you naturalized (i.e. whether or not it was your intention to relinquish your U.S. citizenship when you naturalized as a foreign citizen);

Step 3:  Pay the applicable fee

The application fee is $110.00 USD or 94 Euros. (Note these are set rates that are updated periodically and are not affected by daily currency conversion fluctuations). Accepted payment methods are:

IN PERSON – Cash, USD or Euros or by Credit card – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Diners

BY MAIL – Fees by mail may be paid by sending a bank check of 94 Euros, made out to the American Embassy, obtained only from one of the following banks: National Bank of Greece; Alpha Bank; Eurobank; Bank of Piraeus; Attica Bank; CitiBank; HSBC; Geniki Bank; obtained at a Greek bank, made out to the American Embassy. The Embassy is not authorized to accept personal checks or cash.  If you are enclosing more than one application, you may send one bank check for the total amount.   Finally, please note that the fee is a non-refundable processing fee and is retained by the Department of State whether or not the passport is issued.

NOTE:  if you apply in person you are required to schedule an appointment

Step 4
 – Passport Photographs

Please submit two recent color photos (taken within the last six months), 5cm x 5cm with a white background.

NOTE:  U.S. passport photographs are different from Greek passport photographs and many Greek photographers are not familiar with U.S. photo specifications.  We strongly recommend that you print out the photo requirements and take them to the photographer. Photographs that do not meet the specified requirements will be rejected.  Vending machine photographs and photographs printed on a home computer are unacceptable. A photographer is available most days in the Consular waiting room from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost for two photos at the Embassy is 12€, payable in cash.  Alternatively, several shops near the Embassy offer photo services.

Step 5 – Submitting the Application
Send your application, passport and required documents to:

American Embassy
Passport & Citizenship Unit
91 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue
101 60 Athens

Step 6 – Delivery of passport

For the delivery of your passport you must enclose a pre-paid return envelope for registered mail which you must purchase from a local post office (see sample below from ELTA). The envelope may contain up to two passports.  Alternatively, if you prefer to have your passport returned by courier, please enclose a note to that effect, and provide you mobile phone number.  The courier will be paid by you upon receipt of the passport.


prepaid envelope sample