Passports Services

If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States UNTIL JUNE 30, 2022 ONLY.  See this page for more information.

This exception allowing travel on an expired U.S. passport in certain cases will END ON JUNE 30, 2022 and will NOT be extended.  Any U.S. citizen traveling to the U.S. from July 1 onwards is required to travel on a valid U.S. passport.  If your passport has expired and you have travel coming up, please read the below instructions carefully for information on how to renew your passport.    

Reminder for Dual National U.S. Citizens:  U.S. law requires all U.S. citizens, including dual-national citizens, to enter the United States using their U.S. passport. We urge all U.S. citizens to keep their U.S. passports current.

IMPORTANT U.S. PASSPORT APPLICATION INFORMATION

FORMS: Print only the actual form pages 1 and 2. Do not print the attached instructions but use this website instead to prepare your application.  Find details below or visit the What Form Should I use? to find the correct application form and fees.

PHOTOCOPIES: Bring the original documents required for your service and also bring printed plain legible photocopies of ALL these originals, including passports, to your appointment, one full set of copies per application!

VALIDITY: Adult passports are valid for 10 years, children’s passports are valid for 5 years.

PAGES: All passports issued overseas have 52 pages, no pages can be added.

PHOTO: Passport photos must be 2″x2″ (5×5 Cm.).

PASSPORT DELIVERY: New passports are delivered to you via Post Nord recommended mail.  You must provide a self-addressed envelope with postage attached with your application.   We cannot mail passports outside of the Kingdom of Denmark / Sweden.  You may also pick up your new passport in person at the Embassy:  Monday – Thursday at 8:15 a.m.

WHERE TO APPLY: All passport services are available by appointment only, except for the adult renewal-by-mail program.

Adults renewing their passports should renew by mail and not schedule an in-person appointment.  Visit the Renew an Adult Passport page for details.

PROCESSING TIME: Current passport processing time is approximately 4 weeks.  We strongly recommend you use the renewal-by-mail option if you are eligible.

You will find detailed guidance for the service you need further down this page. Make sure you are fully prepared for your visit to the Embassy.

Information about Social Security Numbers (SSN) 

If you have been issued a Social Security number you must provide it on your application for a U.S. passport. If you fail to provide this information, you will encounter a delay in processing your application. If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

For additional inquiries about SSN or Federal Benefits, Social Security services for residents of Denmark are provided by the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Oslo, Norway. For information on Social Security benefits, you should access the FBU website https://no.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/.

For information on how to obtain certified copies to apply for a Social Security Number, please visit our website here: https://dk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/.

This section is for applicants who:

 

  • Cannot present their last passport (lost or stolen)
  • Have never been issued a U.S. passport before
  • Hold a passport issued before the age of 16 or more than fifteen years ago
  • Hold a five year passport
  • Hold a damaged / mutilated passport

There are special instructions for passports for minors under 16. Please see “Children’s Passport“.

You must come to the embassy to apply for a passport. Please read application instructions carefully.

In an emergency situation, If there are no regular appointments available in the next two weeks and you need a new passport on very short notice because you have an emergency situation requiring you to travel to the United States, you may use the following guidance to prepare for your application:

  1. Fill out and print FORM DS-11 or FORM DS-82

For a Lost, stolen passport or passport for minor child:

Complete FORM DS-11 online, and print it out. At ‘Mailing Address’ list your Danish address, even if it is only temporary.  Do NOT sign the form.

For a Recently expired 10-year passport:

Complete FORM DS-82 online, and print it out. Do not print the instructions as you are to use this website instead.  At ‘Mailing Address’ list your Danish address, even if it is only temporary. You may sign the form in advance.

2. Proof of Citizenship

Bring your last issued U.S.passport.  If you no longer have your last issued passport, prepare FORM DS-64, and bring:

– your original U.S. birth certificate, or
– your original Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or
– your original Naturalization Certificate, or
– your original Certificate of Citizenship

3. One 2″x2″ (5 x 5 cm.) U.S. format color passport photo

Provide one U.S. format photo: 2″ x 2″ (5 x 5 cm.) passport photo. Click here for guidance on U.S. passport photos.

4. Photocopies

Bring a photocopy/print out of:

  • Your expired passport
  • Your proof of the emergency
  • any other documentation applicable to your application.

Copies of the application forms are not required.

5. Emergency Passports for Minors

Emergency passport issuance for children under age 16 has the same document requirements as regular passport issuance for children under age 16.  I.e. you must present proof of your relationship with the child, both parents must consent to the issuance of a passport, etc.  Please click here for more information on how to prepare for such an application.

6. Passport Application Fee

You can pay the appropriate passport services application fee in DKr, in U.S. dollars, or by credit card.  Note that we can only process credit card payments if the card holder is available to sign the payment authorization slip.

7. Do I need an Appointment?

Yes!  First try to set up an appointment via the regular instructions:

Note that slots open up if we receive cancellations. Check back with our appointment system regularly if you wish for a earlier appointment slot.

If you are currently in Denmark and have imminent travel, but no valid passport, and there is no appointment available in the next 10 working days, send an email to CopenhagenACS@state.gov.

Amending passports: Adding extra pages is no longer possible. If you run out of pages, you need to renew your passport.

Learn more about changing your name on your passport.