When British residents realise that their passport is about to run out, what can they do?I found all this info on the UKinUSA.fco.gov site. Hope it helps...
How to apply from the USA
You need to send your completed passport application and documents to our Regional Passport Processing Centre in Washington, DC.
We recommend that you print this page, so you can refer to it. Print
- Where to send
- How to send
- How much
- How to pay
- Delivery back to you
- Specific requirements
- Need more information
- Urgent travel
- Contact us
Where to sendUK Passport Service for the Americas and Caribbean
19 Observatory Circle N.W.
Washington DC 20008
How to sendWe recommend that you send us your application by secure means such as registered post or a courier. If using a courier to submit your application you should not pay for a return service as this is covered by a separate fee charged by us - see below.
A list of relevant passport fees, including postage, can be found on our website.
How to pay
Personal cheques, or certified personal cheques and cash are not accepted
Payments can be made by:
- Credit card (Mastercard/Visa) by completing the authorisation form. Please advise your bank/credit card company that a payment will be taken from your account by this office. Your credit card company may charge a transaction fee for this payment.
- Money orders, cashier or bankers certified cheques in US Dollars made payable to:
If your credit card payment is declined, after three attempts, or money order is incorrect the application will be rejected and returned to you via UPS. Please advise your bank/credit card company that a payment will be taken from your account by this office. Your credit card company may charge a transaction fee for this payment.
Delivery back to you
We will return your passport by UPS which you have paid for.(Postage charge is $12 for up to 3 applications or $24 for 4 more) as detailed on the Fees Chart.
PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH A STREET ADDRESS WHERE AN ADULT MAY SIGN FOR THE PACKAGE UPON RECEIPT. (P.O. BOXES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE).
The UPS Postage Fee includes insurance of up to $100. If you wish to insure the package to cover the cost of replacing the passport /supporting documentation you may choose to do so for an additional fee of $1.80 for up to $300 and $0.60 per $100 after that.
All foreign legal documents submitted with a passport application (such as birth/death/marriage certificates, divorce papers, change of name documents, affidavits, etc) should be translated into English. You can find a list of officially recognised translators on the country's main website. You cannot get a friend or relative to do this for you.
Need more informationIf you need detailed information about what type of passport you need, what documents you need to supply for different types of application please go to What passport do I need? page
If you need to travel urgently and your normal passport is not available you should contact your nearest consular office. They may be able to provide you with emergency travel documentation. Please note they will not be able to answer general passport questions or give information on passport applications in progress (as they are no longer involved in this process). You should only contact them if you have a need to travel urgently and you will be asked to supply evidence of your need.
If we can't answer your question on the website please call our Passport Information Helpline (Careline): + 44 208 082 4721.
Hours of operation: Lines are open 24 hours a day from Sunday 1900 to Friday 2030 Eastern Standard Time
For customers with hearing difficulties, a Textphone service is available by contacting:
+ 44 1750 725 368
Please be aware that you will be charged for this call so try the website first. Calls will be charged at a rate of GBP 0.69 per minute + VAT. Please have your credit card ready before you call. (Telephone service providers will also charge for the cost of the international call).
Alternatively you can call via a premium rate telephone number:
1 900 945 2220
Calls will be charged at a rate of $2.50 per minute for the duration of the call. Calls made on a mobile phone may be subject to additional charges, please check with your mobile phone provider.
Please do not contact us before the expected delivery time as detailed above. We will not be able to give further information and you may be charged for this call.
If you feel that you have not received a high level of service from the Passport Information Helpline please email ukpassportserviceUSAcanada@careline-services.co.uk
How to apply from USA