How to Renew a British Passport in the USA

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You can renew your U.K. passport in the United States through the British Embassy in Washington.
You can renew your U.K. passport in the United States through the British Embassy in Washington. (Image: passport image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)

If your British passport is set to expire while you're in the United States, you can renew it through the UK Passport Service for the Americas and Caribbean in Washington. The U.K. government states that you can renew your passport at any time, even before it expires. If you apply within nine months of its expiration, you can transfer the remaining validity time to your new passport. In other words, if you renew your passport six months before it expires, your new passport will be valid for 10 years and six months.

Things You'll Need

  • Passport application
  • 2 new passport photos
  • Previous passport
  • Passport fee (in U.S. dollars)

Download and print an application form from the British Embassy website.

Complete the application. Make sure you include your e-mail address in section 1a, and initial in the bottom right-hand corner of each page.

Have a new passport photo taken and include two copies with your application. These photos cannot be more than one month old at the time of application. The British Embassy in Washington recommends CVS and Walgreens for passport photo services. Photos must be head shots in which you are facing the camera, without anything obstructing your face. Keep your lips closed.

Ask someone to countersign one of the two photos for you. This cannot be a partner or relative. On the back of the photo, this countersignatory must write:

"I certify that this is a true likeness of [Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms or other title followed by your full name]"

They must sign and date underneath.

Include your previous passport if you have it, along with the current application fee. The British Embassy in Washington states that you must pay in U.S. dollars. Payment must be from a Visa, MasterCard, money order or bank checks; personal checks are not accepted.

Submit your passport application, photographs, previous passport and application fee in one packet to the following address:

UK Passport Service for the Americas and Caribbean British Embassy 19 Observatory Circle N.W. Washington DC 20008 U.S.A.

If approved, you should have your new passport within a month's time.

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