Renew a Passport

Renew by mail if all of the following are true:

Your Most Recent U.S. Passport:

  • is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
  • was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • was issued within the last 15 years
  • was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must apply in person.

How Long Does it Take?

  • Processing time is normally about 2-3 weeks.
  • We return passports to you via UPS. UPS charges a fee for the service on delivery.
  • Expedited services or 1-2 day delivery options are not available in Turkey.

The following items must be included in your mail-in application:
  • Your most recent U.S. passport and a photocopy of it. We will cancel and return this passport to you with your new passport.
  • Fill out and print your application form using the online Passport Wizard. The Passport Wizard will automatically direct you to the appropriate application form.  When the Passport Wizard directs you to the “Next Steps” page, simply click “Create Form” at the bottom and print out the form it generates.
  • One passport photograph that meets the specified requirementsYou must remove glasses for their passport photo, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances.
  • Name change documentation. If you have changed your name since your last passport was issued, legal name change documentation, such as your original marriage certificate or other legal document and a copy are required.


  • You must sign the application form.
  • You must provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 6039E.
  • If you have never been issued an SSN, enter 000-00-0000 on the application form  and fill out the following statement: SSN Statement: SSN Never Issued (PDF 89KB). You will need to apply for an SSN when you receive your new passport.

Completing the passport application form online: The below informational video from U.S. Embassy London may help you to fill out the passport form online.

The passport application fee is U.S. $110. The passport card application fee is U.S. $30. Expedited services or 1-2 day delivery are not available in Turkey, so please do not include expedited service or 1-2 delivery fee in your check. 

  • For mail-in applications, you must pay with a cashier’s check (keşide çek) – bloke döviz çeki or yurtiçi döviz çeki* – issued by Garanti BBVA Bank (only the main city branches will be able to provide cashier’s checks in U.S. dollars).
  • In order to obtain a cashier’s check, please ask your local Garanti BBVA branch if they have a USD blocked check on hand. Only the main city branches will be able to provide cashier’s checks in U.S. dollars. You can ask them to process the check from the drawing the check (keşide çek düzenleme) option.
  • Cashier’s checks are valid for ten days and should be received at the Embassy or Consulate at least three days before the expiration date. If you are mailing your application to Ankara, the check should be addressed to “U.S. Embassy Ankara.” If you are mailing your application to Istanbul, it should be addressed to “U.S. Consulate General Istanbul.”
  • The bank issuing the check may charge additional fees.
  • If you are mailing in more than one application, please ensure each person applying has a separate check in the amount of $110. A single check for multiple applications will be sent back causing unnecessary delay.

*If the Garanti BBVA Bank you are using is not familiar with the cashier check process, please have the representative get in touch with the Garanti BBVA Istanbul Branch at  0-212-229-6640 or Garanti BBVA Embassy Ankara Branch at 0-312-457-7370 depending on where you reside.

You can mail-in your application to Ankara or Istanbul depending on where you reside*

Ankara mail-in applications should be sent to:
U.S. Embassy Ankara
ATTN: Consular/ACS
Ataturk Blv No: 110
Kavaklidere, 06100 Ankara

Istanbul mail-in applications should be sent to:
U.S. Consulate General Istanbul
ATTN: Consular/ACS
Poligon Mahallesi, Sariyer Caddesi, No: 75
Istinye, 34460 Istanbul

*Applications from the provinces of Balikesir, Bilecik, Bolu, Bursa, Canakkale, Duzce, Edirne, Istanbul, Kirklareli, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Tekirdag, and Yalova should be directed to U.S. Consulate General Istanbul.  Applicants from all others provinces should direct applications to U.S. Embassy Ankara. 

U.S. Consulate in Adana and Izmir Consular Agency do not accept mail-in passport applications. You can mail in your application to Ankara from Izmir. To apply in Adana, please email U.S. Consulate in Adana Adana.