Please find the answers to the most frequent questions relating to U.S. citizens residing in, or visiting Sweden.
How do I get a certified copy of a U.S. birth/death/marriage/divorce certificate?
How do I obtain a certified (or replacement) copy of my Consular Report of Birth Abroad certificate?
I am currently outside the U.S. How do I register to vote, and where can I obtain an absentee ballot?
I am currently residing in Sweden and my U.S. driver's license has expired. How can I renew it?
You need to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the U.S. state where your license was issued. An online search should give you the relevant contact details. The U.S. Embassy in Sweden cannot assist with the renewal of your U.S. driver’s license.
Is my Swedish driver's license valid in the U.S.?
I need to have a document notarized for use in the U.S. Can I do that at the Embassy?
I need to hire a lawyer. What assistance can the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm offer?
I want to get married in Sweden. Are there any special regulations I should be aware of?
Can I file for a divorce in Sweden if I got married in the U.S.?
Is my divorce/marriage valid in Sweden/U.S.?
Where can I find information about validity of marriage and divorce in the U.S. and in Sweden?
I would like to move to Sweden. How can I obtain a residence permit?
I wish to extend my stay in Sweden. How can I extend my Swedish tourist/student/resident visa?
How do I obtain up-to-date information on visa requirements, travel warnings and public announcements about the countries I will be traveling to?
How do I locate friends/relatives in the United States?
I’m a U.S. citizen; do I need to apply for travel authorization using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the U.S.?
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) does not apply to U.S. citizens. Only citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries (such as Sweden) must apply for travel authorization online prior to traveling to the U.S. Please note that according to Section 215 of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185), it is illegal for an U.S. citizen to enter or leave the U.S. on any other document than an U.S. passport. This applies to dual citizens as well, meaning that persons holding e.g. both Swedish and American citizenships and passports must enter and leave the U.S. on a U.S. passport. They may not enter/leave the U.S. on a Swedish passport. This applies to children as well as adults.