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How can a 16 years old renew a passport while in the UK?

by Afsana
(Woodside, NY)

Question: My daughter has a American Passport and now she is visiting the UK. But her passport is expiring soon; can she renew her passport while she is there?

Answer: Your daughter can visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate general in the United Kingdom in order to get a new passport. There are some special considerations since your daughter is only 16.

One, your daughter must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If this is not possible, an adult third party can accompany your daughter and submit a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents expressing consent for your daughter to obtain a passport. When the affidavit is from one parent only, the third party must also submit evidence that the parent has sole legal custody.

Two, your daughter must schedule an appointment with the U.S. Citizen services of the embassy. Passport services are by appointment only. If she is in England or Wales, she can schedule the appointment at the U.S. Embassy in London. If your daughter is in Northern Ireland, she can schedule an appointment at the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast. If is currently in Scotland, she can apply for a passport service at the U.S. Consulate in Edinburgh.

Three, she must complete the application form DS-11. However, she should ignore pages 1 and 2 since they apply to applicants in the United States. This is the same form used for first-time applicants since passports issued to minors cannot be renewed by mail.

Four, your daughter needs to submit evidence of United States citizenship, proof of identity and one passport photo. Note, your daughter should emphasize at the location she has her picture taken that they are for an American passport. Passport photos for a UK passport are a different size than those for an American passport. Her current passport will serve as evidence of citizenship and may be accepted as proof of identity.

Finally, your daughter needs to pay the fee of $135. This can be paid by cash (either dollars or UK sterling), credit card, International Money Order to the exact U.S. dollar amount made payable to the "United States Disbursing Officer" or Banker's Draft drawn in U.S. dollars only on a bank in the United States made payable to the "United States Disbursing Officer".

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