Can I renew my passport before it expires?
You may renew your passport at any time before or after it expires.
If I don’t plan to travel back to the United States any time soon, why should I renew my passport now?
- The passport is proof of U.S. citizenship. Every U.S. citizen abroad should have valid proof of his/her citizenship at all times.
- Life is unpredictable. You never know when you may need to travel suddenly to the United States. The last thing you need to do in an emergency is worry about getting to the Embassy to get your or your child’s passport renewed. It is much better to do it when it is convenient for you.
- If you wait too long, adults cannot renew an expired passport by mail. You will have to apply in person and pay an extra fee.
Will I get my passport back when I renew it?
Yes. In nearly all cases, your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you with the new one. If we are not able to return your old passport for any reason, we will discuss this with you at the time of application.
What happens to the visa stamps in my current passport when the passport is cancelled?
We do not have the authority to transfer visas or stamps issued by other countries. When you renew your passport, your old passport will be cancelled and returned to you with your new one; you should then contact the appropriate authority of the country that issued the visa for further information.
For information regarding Swedish visas and permanent residence permits, please contact Migrationsverket directly.
Do I submit my passport application directly to the United States?
No. You must apply for the passport at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you are currently present. If you are in Sweden, you must submit your application to this Embassy.
The instructions on the passport forms are different from those on this website. Which should I follow?
You should disregard the instructions on the passport forms as they refer specifically to passport applications processed in the United States. You should follow the instructions on this website.
How long is a passport valid for?
In general, children under the age of 16 are issued passports valid for five years; those 16 and over are issued passports valid for ten years.
Can I have extra pages added to my valid passport, or should I apply for a new one?
As of January 1, 2016, it is no longer possible to add extra pages to a U.S. passport. You are required to apply for a new passport and in most cases may do so by mail.