Frequently Asked Questions

Passports are printed in the U.S. and can take up to 3 weeks to be processed.

The passport application form DS-82 does not require a visit to the Embassy, however, there is currently NO way for the Embassy to accept payments by mail nor electronically. Until a solution to this problem is approved by the Department of State, you must submit your application to the Embassy in person, and you must make an appointment

Yes, all children under 16 must apply in person with both parents present, or the appearing parent must present a notarized consent from the non-appearing parent — for further instructions see the section on Passports for Minors. Also, adolescents age 16 and above, or young adults over 18 who cannot submit a 10-year validity passport for renewal, must appear in person and submit the DS-11 application form — for further instructions see our section on the DS-11 application.

The passport application form DS-82 does not require a visit to the Embassy, however, there is currently NO way for the Embassy to accept payments by mail nor electronically. Until a solution to this problem is approved by the Department of State, you must submit your application to the Embassy in person, and you must make an appointment. Other passport services require your personal appearance. The Passport and Citizenship Unit is open to the public between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon weekdays, except from Fridays and American and Danish holidays. Please note that you are required to schedule an appointment in advance of your visit.

No, when living abroad you should always submit your application to the embassy or consulate serving your consular district. In Denmark, this is the Embassy in Copenhagen.

Yes, you may renew your passport at any time that is convenient for you. Please ensure that you have enough time to receive your new passport before you need to travel.  Because passports are printed in the United States, the process of obtaining a new passport can take up to 3 weeks.

No, just tell us that you will need to keep it valid while we wait for your new one to be processed. It does mean, however, that you will need to apply in person for your new passport (i.e., you cannot submit your application by mail). You will also have to return to the Embassy to pick up your new passport so we can cancel the old one you have now.

Your passport may be used for travel to and from the United States within the validity date displayed in the passport. Certain countries may demand that your passport is valid for longer than 6 months. Please see www.travel.state.gov and country specific information under International Travel for entry requirements to foreign countries.

American citizenship is for life. No child has to do anything at any age to retain, choose, affirm, or confirm American citizenship. In the 1980s, the Supreme Court ruled that citizenship is a Constitutional right which cannot be taken away from a citizen who does not want to relinquish it.

No. Section 215 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) requires U.S. citizens to use a valid U.S. passport when entering or leaving the United States.

Generally, citizens are allowed to carry only one valid passport at a time. In some cases the issuance of a second passport is possible: frequent travel and the delays due to visa applications, or the presence of a stamp from one country that could cause problems in another country. We will ask for justification from an employer or proof of compelling reasons for personal travel. You will have to visit the Embassy in person to make your request. Please note that you are required to schedule an appointment. The Passport and Citizenship Unit is open to the public between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon weekdays, except Fridays and American and Danish holidays.

Yes, all American citizens world-wide must report income by filing an annual U.S. income tax return, regardless of whether they also file and pay taxes elsewhere. For more information see www.irs.gov.

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen has no Federal Benefits Unit. Expanded regional Federal benefits services are provided by the Federal Benefits Unit in Oslo, Norway to all of Scandinavia. Please see our section on Federal Benefits. It is important that every U.S. citizen has a social security number, especially as you are unable to fulfill your U.S. tax obligations without one.

Please see our section on Dual Nationality. The Danish Immigration Authorities do allow dual citizenship.

Please see our section on How to obtain vital records from the U.S. — please note that the Embassy cannot obtain records on your behalf.