In this article, you will find details on how to renew your passport, replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport and how to obtain an emergency passport.
Finding Your Local U.S. Embassy in Spain
To find your nearest U.S. Embassy go to http://www.usembassy.gov/. On the home page you will find a map; all you need to do is click on Europe-Eurasia and this will take you to a list of embassies, which are in alphabetical order.
Scroll down to either Spain Barcelona or Madrid and click on the option you require. You will then be taken to the embassy website where you can find contact details for the Embassy.
Registering with the U.S. Embassy
U.S. citizens living abroad are advised to register with the Embassy in order that they can receive notifications in the event of an emergency.
Registration is now called the "Smart Traveller Enrolment Program" and this can be completed online. It is free to sign up; further information can be found by going to: https://step.state.gov/step/
Renewing an American Passport
The first step to renewing an American passport in Spain is to make an appointment at the United States Embassy; renewing a passport cannot be done online.
U.S. Citizens have the choice of either submitting the application form themselves or asking a third party to submit the application for them. The only requirement is that the person wishing to renew their passport has signed the application form themselves.
Passport Renewal Step Two
Once the application form has been completed the applicant will have to complete a DS-82 form. You will need to fill out all of the information on the form including your contact information and a social security number.
You'll also need:
- One 2" x 2" photograph; this needs to be a forward facing photograph. The Embassy asks that people don't wear sunglasses, hats, hairbands, or anything that might obscure their features.
- Pictures that are taken on a light background are best and it must be a recent photograph from the last six months. The Embassy has a photo booth for taking passport photographs.
- Your most recent passport
- Your completed application form
- Credit card/cash to cover the fee
There is a $110.00 or €105 fee for renewing a passport. Payment fees for passports can be paid by credit card or cash.
How Long Does a Passport Last?
A passport will last for five years for a person aged under 16 years and it will last 10 years for people aged over 16.
Lost or Stolen Passports
In the event of a lost or stolen passport, you'll need to make an appointment at the Embassy. You'll be required to take along a form of photo identification and evidence of your U.S. Citizenship.
At the Embassy, you'll be asked to fill out a DS-11 application for a passport and a DS-64 statement detailing information about the lost, stolen or damaged passport. If you filled out a police report, you are asked to take that along with you to the U.S. Embassy as well.
Once the passport application and statement has been completed, you'll need to take a new passport photograph. The embassy will require that it is a recent photo (less than six months old) and that it is a full face front facing photograph.
The Embassy has a photo booth on the premises where passport pictures can be taken.
A DS-11 application is subject to a $135.00 or €129 fee.
Should an urgent situation arise and you require an emergency passport then this can be obtained the same day by going to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid or the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona. An emergency passport will only be suitable for temporary use.
Obtaining an Emergency Passport
To obtain an emergency passport, you are usually required to make an appointment at the Embassy.
Nevertheless, in the case of emergency it is possible to obtain one without an appointment by visiting the Embassy between 08:00-13:00.
Once you have finished your emergency travel, you will have to exchange your emergency passport for a regular full American passport.
You can find further information via the U.S Embassy in Madrid at http://madrid.usembassy.gov/citizen-services/passports.html