Passport Renewals (age 16 and older)

Online Appointments are Necessary.

The Embassy in Tokyo does NOT store laptops or large luggage. Please see the full list of Prohibited Items.

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before or after your scheduled appointment time.

To apply for a social security card, please DO NOT make an appointment here. Please contact the Federal Benefits Unit at FBU.Tokyo@ssa.gov


• Tokyo  • Sapporo  • Osaka/Kobe  • Fukuoka  • Naha

  • Processing time is about 4 to 5 weeks.
  • Original documents will be returned to you after review of your application

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MAIL-IN PASSPORT RENEWAL APPLICATIONS:

Effective December 30, 2019, Japan Post Bank (Yu-cho Bank – JPゆうちょ銀行) no longer issues International Postal Money Orders.  After this date, it is not be possible to purchase money orders for mail-in passport renewals in Japan outside of U.S. military installations as noted below.

If you have an International Postal Money Orders purchased before December 30, 2019, please note that we must receive your passport application at least 15 working days prior to the money order’s expiration and no later than February 28, 2020, whichever comes earlier.

As of January 2020, most passport renewals in Japan will require in-person application at the U.S. Embassy or consulate.

NOTE:  this change does not impact U.S. Postal Service money orders.  We continue to accept U.S. Postal Service money orders.  U.S. Postal Service money orders continue to be available for purchase on U.S. military installations in Japan by authorized personnel/family members, or at any post office in the United States.

Remember to make sure you have adequate validity in your U.S. passport to cover the duration of your stay outside the United States.  Many countries (not Japan) require you have at least six-months validity on your passport.

You MUST apply in person at the appropriate Embassy/Consulates with an appointment.

  • Current or expired passport
  • If the most recent passport was issued within the last 15 years and when you were age 16 or over, complete form DS-82 online and print out single-sided. Otherwise, complete form DS-11 online and print out single-sided. (How to complete the online application form)
    *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.
  • One valid proof of ID
  • Name change documents (if applicable) (original + 1 photocopy)
    If your ID does not match your name that is on your current/expired passport, please bring  proof of your name change. Documents must be original. (ex. Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Court Order)
  • One passport photo 
    White background / 2″×2″ in size / no eye glasses / no uniforms
  • One “Japan Post LetterPack envelope” (self-addressed) 
    LetterPack LIGHT: 370 yen, traceable, signature not required
    LetterPack PLUS : 520 yen, traceable, signature required
    For persons using an APO/FPO address, bring one self-addressed envelope that will be mailed via Military Postal Service (MPS). MPS is NOT trackable.
    *NOTE: Effective October 1, 2019, the LetterPack envelope fee has been increased by 10 yen. For full details of this change, click HERE.
  • Passport Fee

You MUST apply in person at the appropriate Embassy/Consulates with an appointment.

  • Current/expired passport or Proof of U.S. citizenship (original)
  • Form DS-11
    Complete online and print out single-sided. (How to complete the online application form)
    *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.
  • One valid proof of ID (original + 1 photocopy)
  • Name change documents (if applicable) (original + 1 photocopy)
    If your ID does not match your name that is on your current/expired passport or proof of citizenship document, please bring  proof of your name change. Documents must be original. (ex. Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Court Order)
  • One passport photo
    White background / 2″×2″ in size / no eye glasses / no uniforms
  • One “Japan Post LetterPack envelope” (self-addressed) 
    LetterPack LIGHT: 370 yen, traceable, signature not required
    LetterPack PLUS : 520 yen, traceable, signature required
    For persons using an APO/FPO address, bring one self-addressed envelope that will be mailed via Military Postal Service (MPS). MPS is NOT trackable.
    *NOTE: Effective October 1, 2019, the LetterPack envelope fee has been increased by 10 yen. For full details of this change, click HERE.
  • Passport Fee

You can renew by mail using Form DS-82(Sign on page 1) if your most recent full validity passport:

    • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
    • Was issued within the last 15 years
    • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change by submitting marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order with the passport application)

    If all of these requirements are met and you have a U.S. Postal money order, you may put the following items in an envelope and mail to the  Consular office in your district . If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you MUST apply in person using form DS-11.

    • Do NOT send your application to the National Passport Processing Center in the U.S. This will significantly delay your processing.
    • Expedited Services and Overnight Delivery are NOT available to applicants residing outside of the U.S.
    • Current or expired passport
    • Form DS-82(Sign on page 1) Complete online, and SIGN. Fees and instructions provided on this form are for domestic use. See below link for application fees in Japan. (How to complete the online application form)

      *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.
    • One passport photo
      White background / 2″×2″ in size / no eye glasses / no uniforms
    • One “Japan Post LetterPack envelope” (self-addressed)
      Please fold it in half if necessary
      LetterPack LIGHT: 370 yen, traceable, signature not required
      LetterPack PLUS : 520 yen, traceable, signature required
      For persons using an APO/FPO address, one self-addressed envelope that will be mailed via Military Postal Service (MPS). MPS is NOT trackable.
      *NOTE: Effective October 1, 2019, the LetterPack envelope fee has been increased by 10 yen. For full details of this change, click HERE.
    • U.S. Postal Service money order
      ($110 for passport book – Expedited service and overnight delivery service are only available for applicants in the U.S. Do NOT include additional services fees in your payment.)Address the money order to: “U.S. Department of State”
      Address: PSC 471 Box 1111 FPO, AP 96347

    Where to send your package: Consular office in your district.

For renewing your Emergency passport, please see here.