U.S. Passport Renewal in India: Application Guide
iVisa | Updated on Sep 22, 2023

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Ready to renew your U.S. passport while in India? Navigating the renewal process has never been easier.

Here at iVisa, we're committed to simplifying your travel journey. Our intuitive platform and mobile app are designed to guide you every step of the way. With over a decade of expertise and a reach extending to 180 countries, you can trust us to update you with the most current renewal requirements.

Take the complexity out of renewing your U.S. passport in India. With our comprehensive application guide and relentless support, your ticket to continued global exploration is just a click away. Let's get started!

Passport renewal service in India

Wondering how to renew your American passport in India? Well, you have two passport services to choose from:

1. Mail-in applications

In India, the U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad is the service provider of passport services for all adult passport renewals.

Urgent renewals: If you're in a rush due to emergency travel situations, direct your queries to [email protected] for immediate assistance and to find out which consular services apply to your case.

2. In-person applications

Though online submissions are not an option, in-person applications are possible under specific conditions. Contact the U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad for details on in-person renewal procedures.

What are the requirements for a passport renewal application in India?

Now that you know your options, let’s look at what you need to be eligible for with each one of them.

Mail-in requirements

  • Ten-year validity: You must have a U.S. adult passport with a ten-year validity currently in your possession. A short-validity passport holder will not be eligible for this service.

  • DS-82 form: Filled out online, printed, and signed.

  • Previous passport: It must be in good condition.

  • Proof of online payment: Include a printed payment receipt.

  • Optional additional documents: Photos you can get through our online passport photo service or name change documents, if applicable.

In-person renewal

While mail-in renewals are convenient, there are situations where an in-person visit to the U.S. Consulate is necessary for those seeking passport services. These scenarios typically require you to renew your U.S. passport in person:

  • First-time adult passports: If you've never had a U.S. adult passport, you'll likely need to apply in person.

  • Passport expired for over five years: Passports that have been expired for over five years generally require an in-person renewal.

  • Damaged or lost passport: If your existing passport is damaged beyond normal wear and tear or lost or stolen, in-person renewal is usually required to obtain either a duplicate passport or a new emergency passport.

  • Name change without supporting documents: If you've changed your name and don't have legal documentation to support the change, an in-person visit is likely necessary.

  • Minors aged 16 or younger: Children who are renewing or getting a U.S. passport generally must do so in person, accompanied by their parents or guardians.

  • Special cases: Instances such as dual citizenship, owing back taxes, or having criminal records may require an in-person renewal to sort out these more complex situations.

  • Emergency travel: If you have immediate travel needs and can't wait for the regular mail-in process, in-person expedited services might be available.

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How do I apply for passport renewal in India?

Navigating a passport application in a foreign country can be daunting, but we've got you covered. If you're an American citizen in India looking to renew your U.S. passport, here’s what to expect:

Mail-in application procedure

To complete your mail-in application successfully, follow these steps:

  1. DS-82 form: Fill out the DS-82, your application form for U.S. passport renewal. While the form can be initially completed online, it requires physical mailing for submission.

  2. Previous valid passport: Your most recent ten-year validity passport should be in good condition and included in your application package.

  3. Proof of online payment: Most fee payments are made online. Remember to include a printed receipt as your proof of payment.

  4. Compile and mail your application: Once all elements are gathered, send them through India Post to the following address:

Mailing address for DS-82 adult passport renewal:

American Citizens Services, Consular Section

U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad

Survey No. 115/1, Financial District, Nanakramguda

Hyderabad, Telangana, 500032

In-person renewal procedure

Alternatively, those applying for a passport renewal in person will need to follow these steps:

  1. Book an appointment: Schedule an appointment with the U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad or any other relevant U.S. Consulate in India.

  2. Compile required documents: Besides the regular renewal documents, some scenarios may require additional paperwork, like police reports for lost passports or court orders for name changes.

  3. Attend the appointment: Be sure to bring all necessary documents and arrive promptly for your appointment. Missing or incorrect documents can lead to delays.

  4. Pay the applicable fee: The price for in-person renewals may differ from mail-in renewals. Payment methods vary by location, so check ahead.

What is the passport renewal processing time for U.S. citizens in India?

Time is of the essence, especially when it comes to renewing your passport for upcoming travels. For U.S. citizens in India, the processing time for a passport renewal typically varies based on several factors, such as application volume and whether you've opted for regular or expedited service.

Regular processing time:

  1. Mail-in renewals: The processing time for mail-in renewals can take up to 4-6 weeks from when the U.S. Consulate receives your application.

  2. In-person renewals: Generally speaking, in-person renewals may take a similar amount of time, around 4-6 weeks, unless there are complications like missing documents.

Expedited processing time:

If you have an urgent travel need, expedited services are available, usually shortening the processing time to about 2-3 weeks. However, this is subject to approval and may require additional fees.

Remember, these are estimated times, and the actual time can vary.

How much does it cost to renew my passport in India?

The cost of renewing a U.S. passport can vary based on various factors, such as the type of passport you're renewing (adult or minor) and whether you're opting for any additional services like expedited processing. The basic costs are:

  • Adult passport book renewal (DS-82): US$130

  • Adult passport book & card: US$160

  • Adult passport card: US$30

  • Adult passport replacement (lost, stolen, damaged): US$165

  • First-time adult passport: US$165

  • Minor passport (under age 16): US$135

  • Report of birth abroad (CRBA): US$100

Additional fees may apply for expedited services, overnight delivery, or other exceptional circumstances. Payments are usually accepted in a credit/debit card or cash in U.S. dollars or the local currency. Since this information may change, we suggest checking the official fee structure before applying for your new passport.

Where can I learn more?

If you have any questions about getting a fresh passport in India, don't hesitate to contact our customer support team anytime via online chat or at [email protected]. They'll be delighted to assist you with your passport renewal inquiries.

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