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 black ink.
*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 Order)
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 the embassy.
Step 7: Get an “insured letter” (cenné psaní) envelope with the required number of stamps from Czech Post. Put the materials in the envelope (it’s ok to fold the application form). Enter the U.S. Embassy address and your return address.
IMPORTANT: Include a return address on BOTH the mailing and self-addressed, postage paid envelopes! [All envelopes without a return address or sufficient postage will be rejected].
Step 8: Mail all the items listed above to the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic at: Attn: ACS, U.S. Embassy, Tržiště 365/15 11800 Prague. You are strongly encouraged to send your DS-82 passport renewal package via registered mail or courier.
Step 9: Your new passport will be delivered using your pre-paid, self-addressed envelope. If you do not provide a pre-paid envelope or do not provide sufficient postage, you will be required to pick up your passport in person. Passport processing takes approximately 4 weeks.