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;
- issued with a 10-year validity; and
- was issued in your current name or you have legally changed your name since your passport or passport card was issued and can submit legal documentation to prove this change.
If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must apply in person.
How long does it take?
- Once we have everything we need, processing time is normally about 2-3 weeks.
- All passport are returned via Cargo Expresso or can be picked up in person. Courier company charges a fee for the service on delivery.
Step 1: Application Requirements
- 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.
- SIGN YOUR APPLICATION FORM.
- One passport photograph that meets the specified requirements. You 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 not sign the application until instructed to do so at your appointment.
- You must provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 6039E. Failure to provide information requested on the form, including your SSN, may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application.
- 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.
- If you are in Honduras and do not know your social security number, or require a new or replacement Social Security Number card, you should contact the Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica.
Step 2: Application Fee
The passport application fee is U.S. $130.00 (3,185 L). The passport card application fee is U.S. $30 (735 L).
- For mail-in applications:
- Pay online using the U.S. government’s secure payment site. Please note, this is for applications for passport books only. If you are applying for both a passport book and passport card, or only a passport card, you will need to use the alternative payment option below– money order if paying in U.S. dollars or cashier’s check if paying in lempiras.
- Pay.gov can only be used for DS-82 forms and cannot be used for passport cards.
- Please do not use pay.gov if you are applying with a DS-11 form or applying for a visa.
- you can pay with a money order if paying in U.S. dollars or a cashier’s check if paying in lempiras.
- The money order or cashier’s check must be made out to/written to “UNITED STATES DISBURSING OFFICER SYMBOL # 8769“. If the name on the payment is not written exactly as above, it will be returned to the customer. Common mistakes are to write the check to the U.S. Embassy or Embajada Americana; those payments will not be accepted. Payments written “al portador” will also not be accepted. (Note: To get a cashier’s check from a Honduran bank, an active local bank account is required)
- The bank issuing the cashier’s check may charge additional fees.
- If you are mailing in more than one application, please ensure each person applying has a separate payment in the amount of $130 (3,850 L). A single payment for multiple applications will be sent back causing unnecessary delay.
Step 3: Method of Application
Mail-in applications and all required documents should be sent using Cargo Expresso (use this link to locate the Cargo Express nearest to you) to the following address:
Embajada de Estados Unidos-Tegucigalpa
Avenida La Paz
Atención: ACS/Consulado — DS-82
Courier Service Process:
- Applicants submit documents to Cargo Expreso (Please visit this link to locate the Cargo Expreso nearest to you or call +504 2280-5300). The applicant must pay the fee for shipment of the application to the Embassy at this time.
- Documents are sent to the U.S. Embassy in Honduras in a sealed envelope provided by the agency.
- The U.S. Embassy processes the applications upon receipt of the documents. An incorrect or missing fee payment will result in no processing and return of all documents.
- Once it is ready, the new passport will be sent back to the agency along with the cancelled previous passport using a new Cargo Expreso shipment guide also known as Servicio Collect.
- Cargo Expreso will then deliver the package to the applicant, and they will charge the return shipment fee at that time. The delivery can be at a Cargo Expreso Agency or at the address previously provided by the applicant on their passport application.