Effective June 10, 2020, the U.S. Mission to Australia began accepting mail-in passport applications (forms DS-82 and DS-5504), in addition to continued emergency citizenship services. Effective June 22, 2020, the Consulates in Sydney and Perth will resume limited routine passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services by appointment only. We cannot predict processing times. U.S. citizens with immediate travel should contact their nearest consulate to request an emergency appointment.
Applicants who are renewing their passport, changing their legal name or correcting information on a previous passport issued may use the Form DS-82 if all of the following are true:
- you are able to submit your most recent passport;
- you were at least 16 years old when that passport was issued; and,
- that passport was issued less than 15 years ago.
Applicants who do not meet all of these requirements should refer to “Applications requiring personal appearance” on the passport page.
Applications to renew a damaged passport via mail may be accepted at our discretion if all the identifying information is still legible. If the photograph or identifying information is illegible, or the passport is significantly damaged, please refer to the information regarding Lost/Stolen/Damaged passports.
Preparing a Complete Application
Disregard the pre-printed instructions on the online forms – the application can be submitted to the U.S. Consulates in Australia for processing. Please submit all of the following:
- Completed, legible, and signed Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport. All applicants must provide their Social Security number on the application form. For further details, please see our additional information.
- Most recent U.S. passport
- One (1) U.S. sized passport photograph (Note: these are a different size from Australian passport photographs.)
- One self-addressed, Express Post or Registered Post envelope for the return of your new and old passports. Please add the signature on delivery feature available from Australia Post to ensure safe delivery. Be sure to provide an envelope big enough to fit two passports (and, if applicable, any original documents submitted with your application) per applicant – minimum 20mm thickness/500gms.
- Applicable fee: US$110.00 (AU$ amount listed here); payments can be by Australia Post money order or bank check (personal/business checks are not accepted), and must be payable to the “U.S. Consulate General”. Under no circumstances are other payees accepted. Do not write anything additional on the face of the money order/bank check (eg: name of the applicant) — our cashier is unable to process it as valid payment. Incorrect payments cannot be accepted, even if there is an overpayment.
- If applicable, original documentation to support name change or change of other descriptive data (photocopies certified by a Justice of the Peace are not acceptable)
- For damaged passports: a signed statement outlining the reason the passport is damaged
Submitting the Application
- In person: Applicants who qualify to renew their U.S. passports by mail should do so. Applicants who attend an appointment for an application which could be submitted by mail should expect to be asked to mail it to us so we can focus on providing services to those who are required to attend our office.
- By mail:
- Applicants in New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT are directed to mail their applications to the U.S. Consulate in Sydney for processing
- Applicants in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory are directed to mail their applications to the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne for processing
- Applicants in Western Australia are directed to mail their applications to the U.S. Consulate in Perth for processing