Ask the Consul – How to Renew your U.S. Passport

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If you are a U.S. citizen and have a U.S. passport, take a moment now to look at it to check if  it has expired or is about to expire.

All U.S. citizens, including children, must have a valid, current U.S. passport to enter the United States, including any of its territories.  U.S. citizens cannot enter the United States with a birth certificate, a U.S. driver’s license, or the passport of another country.

Even if you do not have immediate travel plans, it’s a good idea to maintain a current U.S. passport in case of an emergency.

The passport application process in total may take two weeks, so you are encouraged to apply well before your scheduled travel date.  Although we may issue emergency passports in exceptional circumstances, there is no guarantee that you will be issued a passport in time for you to travel if you wait until the last minute.

Passport interviews are by appointment only.  In Santo Domingo, you need to make an appointment using our online appointment system:

If you would like to make an appointment at one of the Consular Agencies, please email Punta Cana Consular Agency,, or Puerto Plata Consular Agency, If you experience technical difficulties or do not have access to internet, you may make your appointment by calling (809) 552-8990 for Punta Cana or calling telephone numbers (809) 586-8017, (809) 586-4204, (809) 586-8023 for Puerto Plata.

To see if you are eligible to use our renewal drop-off program, visit our passport website,

Finally, a tip for you and your family:  To ensure your family is always ready to travel, start a new tradition of checking your U.S. passport on your birthdays, so that you know where it is, and to ensure it has not expired.  Check the U.S. passport for yourself and your family.  To renew a passport, visit the Embassy website, for the passport forms and instructions, and make your appointment today!