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Replace a limited validity (emergency) passport
February 1, 2024

Your Limited validity passport was issued less than one year ago

The exchange of an emergency passport for a full validity one will be free of charge if the application is submitted within one year from the issue date of the temporary passport. The application package must be mailed to: U.S. Embassy Madrid or U.S. Consulate General Barcelona.

Please send the following documents by mail:

  • Current emergency passport + photocopy.
  • Fill out, print, sign and date the DS-5504 form.
  • Photograph: One 2”x2” (5x5cm) passport picture. Full face looking forward, no plastic photos accepted, taken within the last 6 months with a white background, and no smile. You must remove your eye glasses, sunglasses, hats, hair bands or anything on your head. Photo must be no older than 6 months.
  • A DHL express label is required to return passport. Please strictly follow instructions on the link.
    Your limited validity passport was issued more than one year ago:

If your emergency passport was issued more than one year ago, please follow the procedures for passport renewals.


Note:  These instructions are valid unless the letter provided at time of application indicates otherwise.