Request an Emergency Passport

If you have urgent travel plans, we can assist you by issuing an emergency passport.  Such passports will be limited in validity, and cannot be extended (validity depends on the case but maximum validity is up to one year).  Passport holders are required to exchange their limited validity passport for a full-validity photo-digitized passport upon completion of their emergency travel, either through passport facilities in the U.S. or at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad.

To apply for an emergency passport, please CLICK HERE to make an appointment for “Passport services other than adding pages.” At the time of your appointment, you will need to provide ALL of the following documents:

  • All applicants must apply in person.
  • Please remember to bring your airline ticket along with any other evidence that proves your urgent need to travel.  A consular officer will review your case and provide further instructions at that time.
  • Bring your current U.S. Passport.
  • Provide one color passport photo  (2”x 2” or 5cm x 5cm) with a white background taken within the last 6 months.  Photo requirements are listed here.  You can also click here for a reference list of some photo shops located near our offices.
  • Complete Form  DS-82.  Overseas applicants may complete the form online but cannot submit it electronically.  Please PRINT the completed form and bring it to the appointment.  Please enter all required information completely and accurately.  Note: you cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms.  Please list an emergency contact in the United States.
  • Bring cash or credit cards/ debit cards to pay the passport fee.  All fees are payable in U.S. Dollars or Vietnamese Dong in cash or by credit card/ debit cards.  In addition, fees are also payable with the following credit cards/ debit cards in U.S. dollars: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.  We cannot accept checks.
  • A return delivery courier slip (available at the Embassy/Consulate) filled out by you will be used to return your passport.  Please note that you will pay for this service in cash directly to the EMS courier service.
  • All applicants (children) must appear in person accompanied by both parents. 
  • Please remember to bring your airline ticket along with any other evidence that proves your urgent need to travel.  A consular officer will review your case and provide further instructions at that time.
  • Bring your current U.S. Passport.
  • Provide one color passport photo  (2”x 2” or 5cm x 5cm) with a white background taken within the last 6 months.  Photo requirements are listed here.  You can also click here for a reference list of some photo shops located near our offices.
  • Complete DS-11.  Overseas applicants may complete the form online but cannot submit it electronically. Please PRINT the completed form and bring it to the appointment.  DO NOT SIGN.  Note: you cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms.  Please list an emergency contact in the United States.
  • Parents’ valid ID.
  • Present proof of parent-child relationship(if circumstances allow) Minor’s U.S. Birth Certificate/Minor’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad / Minor’s Foreign Birth Certificate /Adoption decree/Court order establishing custody or guardianship/Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent/Death certificate of non-applying parent.
  • If either parent cannot be present, the appearing parent will need to provide either a photocopy of the non-applying parent’s ID and a notarized form DS-3053 Statement of Consent (PDF-41KB)(Note: All DS-3053s for parents present in Vietnam must be notarized by a U.S. Consular Officer) or form DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances (PDF-50KB), depending on your circumstances.
  • Bring cash or credit cards/ debit cards to pay the passport fee.  All fees are payable in U.S. Dollars or Vietnamese Dong in cash or by credit card/ debit cards. In addition, fees are also payable with the following credit cards/ debit cards in U.S. dollars: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We cannot accept checks.
  • A return delivery courier slip (available at the Embassy/Consulate) filled out by you will be used to return your passport.  Please note that you will pay for this service in cash directly to the EMS courier service.

Upon receiving the required documents, the consular officer will determine if you are eligible for an emergency passport.

Please note that in order to be fair to applicants, our office only consider expedite requests when there is an urgent need to travel due to an extreme emergency.  If you need to request an expedited appointment, you must first make a regular appointment as instructed above.  After successfully scheduling a regular appointment, you must visit our Inquiry Form to submit an expedite request.  Please include:

1) the reason your case is an extreme emergency and you must have an earlier appointment,

2) the date and time of your scheduled appointment and the date and time of your preferred appointment if your request is approved, and

3) attach evidence of your emergency situation or an explanation why an earlier appointment will help you resolve your emergency situation.

If you do not provide ALL the information listed above, your request will not be considered.