Replacing an Emergency Limited Validity Passport

Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport

UPDATE: If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021. See this page for more information.

Replacing an Emergency Limited Validity Passport

If you have been issued an emergency limited validity passport. You can replace it for a full validity passport by mail, please follow the instructions below. Please note that your emergency limited validity passport must have been under the following conditions:

  • issued within one year of its issuance date, and
  • is not damaged.

Check your passport endorsement, it must be one of the following endorsements, see page 11.



If your emergency limited validity passport has different endorsement, was issued more than one year from its issuance date, or was damaged, please visit our website at to research your appropriate passport option.

The process takes approximately two to three weeks from the date we receive your application to when you receive your new passport book by mail

1.1 Complete DS-5504  in full. SIGN the application with the same signature as your most recent passport.

Remarks: For a minor age 0-15, one of parents must sign the application and submit two additional documents as following:

  • a copy of valid passport or a government issued photo ID of parent who signs the application
  • a copy of parental relationship evidence, one of the followings:
    1. U.S. birth certificate
    2. Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    3. Foreign birth certificate
    4. Adoption decree
    5. Divorce/Custody decree

*NOTE: You must provide a Social Security number if you been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

  • If you do not have, forgotten or lost, a Social Security number, please click here.
    If an applicant is unable to provide their SSN, then U.S. Embassy Bangkok can issue a direct-return passport to the United States only.
  • If you have never been issued Social Security Number (SSN), you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct:  I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”

1.2 Complete and Print Checklist (PDF 203KB)

1.3 Your emergency limited validity passport

1.4 One passport photograph (See photo requirements)

Photo Examples

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There is no passport application fee required when replace an emergency limited validity passport with a full validity passport within one year of its issuance date.

  • Purchase 100 THB Bank draft for a Return Envelope fee from the following banks:

– print “Bank draft request form (PDF 289KB)

  • Pay to American Embassy Bangkok in Thai Baht

IMPORTANT: Please check for correctness on the issued bank drafts (see sample below) prior to leaving the bank. DO NOT write on the bank draft.

Send your completed application package ONLY through the following couriers (Thailand Post and DHL), otherwise the package will be rejected; ensuring that you received a tracking number from the courier.

Mailing address:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok Mailing Address:
Passport-by-Mail Service
ACS/Consular Section,
U.S. Embassy,
95 Wireless Road,
Bangkok 10330, Thailand


Consulate General Chiang Mai Mailing Address:
Passport-by-Mail Service
ACS/Consular Section,
U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai
387 Witchayanond Rd.
T.Changmoi A. Muang
Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand