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As an American living abroad, can I renew the passport of my 11-year-old daughter in a city where we're not residents?

by Stephen
(Abymes, Guadeloupe, French West Indies)

I'm an American citizen living with my family in Guadeloupe - the French West Indies. My 11-year-old daughter's passport (issued in Paris, France) is about to expire. We hope to visit my family in Denver, Colorado in August. There's no U.S. Embassy or Consulate here in Guadeloupe.

Question 1: If she gets a French passport in time to leave in August (her mother is French), can I then renew her American passport in Denver in August? If yes, how long will it take?

Answer: An American citizen must present a valid passport when re-entering the United States. If your daughter's passport will expire prior to your departure date, it needs to be renewed before the trip.

Concerning processing time, routine service takes 4-6 weeks. Expedited service through a passport application acceptance facility takes 2-3 weeks. You can schedule an appointment at the Aurora Colorado Passport Agency and get the passport as quickly as the same day. Note, you can only schedule an appointment when you have 14 days or less before your departure date.

Concerning the fact that you are not residents of Colorado, additional identification documents are required.

Question 2: If she can't get a French passport in time or isn't allowed-for some reason- to renew it in Denver, I've read that it could be done in Barbados, West Indies. Are there other places (hopefully nearby) where this can be done? About how long does this take?

Answer: Click the link below for a complete list of U.S. embassies and consulates to find the one nearest you.

U.S. Embassy and Consulate General Lists

Question 3: My 9-year-old son's passport expires next year. Can it be renewed in advance (In Denver, Barbados, etc.) in order to avoid these hassles?

Answer: Yes, it can be renewed early.

For a complete list of requirements, please click the link below.

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