Passport Renewals (age 16 and older)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and consulates in Japan have suspended all routine appointments for passports and notarial services. If you need an emergency passport for immediate international travel or for reasons relating to immigration, please contact the Embassy or consulate nearest you.

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.

 

  • Processing time is about 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Original documents will be returned to you after review of your application
  • Do NOT send your application to the National Passport Processing Center in the U.S. This will significantly delay your processing.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning June 22, 2020, U.S. Embassy Tokyo will begin 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 appear in person. Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $110 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 PayPal. Please see our Passport Renewal “By mail with online fee payment” to determine if you are eligible for online fee payment. See our FAQ page for more information on this new process.

U.S. citizens residing or traveling abroad who require a U.S. passport are issued the latest state-of-the-art passports that incorporate photo-digitized images and other enhanced security features. These passports are produced at a domestic U.S. passport facility. U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply early for renewal of expiring passports.

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.

Applicants who wish to apply for their passport renewal in person may still do so. This requires an appointment and paying the fees to our cashier at the Embassy/Consulate. Click here to schedule an in-person appointment.

Please note that the online fee payment option is limited to U.S. citizens residing in Japan. U.S. citizens who reside outside of Japan are not eligible for the online fee payment option at this time. Online fee payment is currently available for 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


In order to use the online payment system, you must answer YES to all of the following:

  1. I can submit my most recent U.S. passport book by mail with my renewal application.
  2. I was at least 16 years old when my most recent U.S. passport book was issued.
  3. I was issued my most recent U.S. passport book less than 15 years ago.
  4. My most recent U.S. passport book has a validity of 10 years from issuance to expiration.
  5. The U.S. passport book that I am renewing has not been mutilated, damaged, lost or stolen.
  6. I currently use the same name as appears on my most recent U.S. passport book, or I have had my name changed by marriage or court order and can submit proper certified documentation to reflect my name change with my renewal application.
  7. I currently reside in and/or have a valid mailing address in Japan.

If you do not meet these criteria please see Applying for a Passport or Adults (age 16 and older) application in person for instructions on making an appointment to submit a passport application in person at the Embassy/Consulate.

Instructions for DS-82 Processing by Mail and Online Fee Payment – for U.S. citizens residing in Japan:

Step 1: Complete the DS-82 Passport Renewal Form (PDF version). Please complete the entire form by typing or printing clearly in black ink. Be sure to sign and date the form where indicated.
* 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 one color passport photo 2″ x 2″ (5 x 5 cm) taken within the past 6 months; full face, frontal view against a plain white or off-white background, no eyeglasses. See more information on photo requirements.

Step 3: Include the passport you are renewing in the package you mail to the Embassy.

Step 4: Pay the $110 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.

If you wish to pay by U.S. postal money order, you do not have to visit Pay.gov or pay online. Please include it with your application when you mail it in.

Step 5: Obtain a pre-paid, self-addressed Japan Post LetterPack envelope (with the complete address to which you want your new passport sent in Japan). Go ahead and 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, please provide one self-addressed envelope that will be mailed via the Military Postal Service (MPS).

IMPORTANT: Include a return address on BOTH the mailing and self-addressed envelope! All envelopes without a return address will be rejected.

Step 6:  Mail all the items listed above to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan at the below address.  You are strongly encouraged to send your DS-82 passport renewal package via Japan Post LetterPack envelope/registered mail.

U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Passport Unit
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420

Or, for military postal service:

PSC 471 Box 1111 FPO, AP 96347

Step 7: Your new passport will be delivered using your pre-paid, self-addressed Japan Post LetterPack envelope (or self-addressed MPS envelope). Passport processing takes 4 to 6 weeks.

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 eyeglasses / 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).
  • 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 eyeglasses / 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).
  • Passport Fee

For renewing your Emergency passport, please see here.