If your passport expires soon or has already expired, the Embassy recommends that you apply for a new passport as soon as possible. While processing time for applications received at the U.S. Embassy Prague is significantly shorter than in the U.S. (generally within 8-10 business days), we cannot guarantee the time in which your passport will be returned. It is important to plan accordingly prior to travel. Additionally, all U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad should have valid proof of citizenship.
Please note that as of September 26, 2005, passports are no longer amended to reflect changes in personal data. If your name has legally changed because of marriage or another court order, however, you may apply for an updated passport. Additionally, if you received an incorrect passport, you can request a corrected passport.
Online Fee Payments
U.S. Embassy Prague is now accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications. Paying online allows you to mail your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to apply in person. Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $130 passport renewal fee online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or Pay Pal. See our FAQ page for more information on this new process.
Please note that the online fee option is limited to U.S. citizens residing in the Czech Republic. Online fee payment is currently available for adult passport book renewals only. If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Citizen Adult Passport Renewals
To use the online payment system, you must answer YES to all of the following:
- I can submit my most recent U.S. passport book by mail with my renewal application;
- I was at least 16 years old when my most recent passport book was issued; I am not applying for my first adult passport;
- I was issued my most recent U.S. passport book less than 15 years ago;
- My most recent U.S. passport book has a validity of 10 years from issuance to expiration;
- My most recent U.S. passport book was issued in my current name (or I can document my name change by submitting a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order with my passport application;) and
- I currently reside in and/or have a valid mailing address in the Czech Republic.
If you do not meet these criteria, please see “Apply for a Passport” for instructions on making an appointment to submit a passport application in person at the Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
For DS-82 Processing by Mail and Online Fee Payment – for U.S. citizens residing in the Czech Republic:
Step 1: SIGN and complete the DS-82 Passport Renewal Form. Type or print clearly in
*NOTE: You must provide a Social Security number if you have been issued one. If you
do not have a Social Security number, please click here.
Step 2: Obtain a 2” x 2” (5 x 5 cm) color passport photo on a WHITE background. The
photo must have been taken within the past 6 months. No eyeglasses should be worn in
the photo. See more information on photo requirements.
Step 3: Include one photocopy (color or black and white) of the data page of your
previous U.S. passport.
Step 4: Include the passport you are renewing in the package you mail to the Embassy.
Step 5: Name change documents (if applicable) (original + 1 photocopy)
If you would like to change the name on your new passport due to marriage, divorce, or
court order, please include proof of your name change. Documents must be original
with English translation if applicable (ex. Marriage certificate, Divorce Decree, Court
Step 6: Pay the $130 passport application fee via the U.S. government’s secure
payment site. After successfully paying the fee, you must print out the electronic
payment confirmation you receive via email and include it in the package you send to
Step 7: To have your passport renewal package picked up from you and delivered to us
for 250 CZK by the Messenger courier service, please follow instructions at this link:
The Embassy no longer accepts passport renewals sent by Czech Post; if you wish to
send your passport for renewal by mail, you must use the Messenger Courier Service.
Step 8: Passport processing takes approximately 12 business days from the day we
receive and process your passport application. Once your new passport is ready for pick
up, you will receive an automated email from us. You can again opt in for courier
delivery of your new passport (250 CZK) or pick it up in person during business hours.
Detailed information will be provided in the automated email.