How to Renew a Korean Passport


Any Korean citizen planning to travel to the Republic of Korea for business, family matters or pleasure must carry a valid Korean passport. If an existing passport has expired, it must be renewed at the nearest Korean Consular Office. Passport renewal requires biometric finger printing, so it must be done by the person seeking the passport, if he is over 18. However, before visiting the office, there are a number of preparatory measures to take care of.

Things You'll Need

  • Old passport
  • Passport photograph
  • Copy of Green card or Visa Stamp
  • $55 cash or personal check
  • Copy of Family Relationship Certificate (when required)
  • Contact the local Korean Consular Office by telephone or email to check business hours and make an appointment, if necessary, or check this information on the office's website.

  • Collect all necessary documentation and application materials. This includes the expired passport which is being renewed, a recent passport photograph with white background, a copy of any Green Card or Visa Stamp held, a copy of a Family Relationship Certificate if required and the $55 passport fee in the form of cash or a personal check.

  • Purchase Express Mail postage ($18.30) at a post office to pay for the shipment of the new passport while ensuring you'll receive all necessary application materials at the Korean Consular Office.

  • Visit the local Korean Consular Office. Take with you all the application materials and the Express Mail postage. Undergo the application process, which includes filling out the application form and providing biometric finger prints.

  • Wait three to four weeks after making the application to receive the renewed passport. In the meantime an e-passport will be provided.

Tips & Warnings

  • A child who has multiple nationalities -- when either parent is a Korean national, even if the child's birth has not been reported in Korea -- must obtain a Korean passport. The required documents are the same as above and also include a copy of the U.S. birth certificate as proof of residence.

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