Renew a Passport

To renew your passport follow the instructions at

All passport renewals must include the following:

Applicants who prefer to apply in person or who do not qualify for mail-in passport renewals can book an appointment online.

If your name has changed since your passport was issued:

  • Enclose the original of the legal document specifying your name change (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption decree, or court order).
  • No photocopies accepted.


Your photo is a vital part of your passport application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo to avoid passport processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency.  We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements.  Note: Photos must be 2″x2″ in size with a background that is uniform, plain and white, and free of shadows.

If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your passport photo must be:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    1. Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    2. Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    3. Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    4. If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
    5. Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    6. Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

Review the photo examples to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.


The U.S. Consulates General in Johannesburg accepts U.S. dollars and South African Rands.  The consular exchange rate may change with little notice. Please contact us for the current exchange rate. We accept cash or credit card payment (in person only) and do not accept personal checks.

To view a complete list of fees for consular services, please click here. What follows is a list of fees for the most common consular services we provide:

Fee Type Cost $
Passport Application1/Renewal (Adult) $110
Passport Application (Minor)1 $115 (inclusive of Execution fee)
Passport Application (1st Adult, Lost & Stolen) $145 (inclusive of Execution fee)
Execution fee/Examination of Oath1 $35
Passport Card (Minor) $15
Passport Card (Adult) $30
Consular Report Of Birth Abroad (CRBA) $100
Additional Notarial Copy $50
Notarial $50
Additional Notarial Copy $50
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship $2350
Photocopy of Required Documents $1 for each copy


An additional Examination of Oath fee of $35 applies for all first passports, all minor passports and minor passport cards, a first 10 year passport or passport card at or after age 16, lost, stolen or mutilated passports, and renewals of passports that were issued more than 15 years ago.