Renewing US Passport in Madrid?

Posted by: colenot

Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/17/09 03:36 PM

This not a work topic, but I it seemed like the best forum to put this in since it deals with official documents.


So, my US passport expires in Feb 2010 and I wanted to know how I can renew it.


Anyone know exactly how to do it? Are there several options?


One thing I've learned about Spain is that they have such an outdated way of doing legal things that they make you run around forever to get additional documents from many different places. Non stop back and forth...


I guess I'd be looking for the easiest SUREFIRE way to get it renewed, even if it cost a little more.


Thanks!


Posted by: steve robinson

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/18/09 04:09 AM

Wouldn´t you just be able to go the consular division of the US embassy on Serrano ? They would surely have a passport renewal department . Or maybe i´m being to optimistic !
Posted by: gazpacho

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/18/09 01:31 PM

Colenot and Steve,

One thing for sure, Spain does not issue U.S. passports. Here in the U.S., we go to the county court building or post office and get the form. Then fill out the form and get the required photos. Send in a ridiculously high renewal fee, $67 in 2007. Mail the form, photos and fee in and wait.

Gazpacho
Posted by: steve robinson

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/18/09 02:52 PM

I´ve heard the fee is even higher for a British passport . Isn´t that disgraceful .. that you have to pay so much to prove you´re a citizen of your own country !!
Posted by: colenot

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/18/09 02:56 PM

Originally Posted By gazpacho
Colenot and Steve,

One thing for sure, Spain does not issue U.S. passports. Here in the U.S., we go to the county court building or post office and get the form. Then fill out the form and get the required photos. Send in a ridiculously high renewal fee, $67 in 2007. Mail the form, photos and fee in and wait.

Gazpacho



I originally got my passport by walking into a post office in Los Angeles, but now that I am in Madrid and my 10yr renewal is coming up, I need to do it from here.

I found the answer here- http://www.embusa.es/cons/acsdocumenting.html



Thanks!
Posted by: gazpacho

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/18/09 03:08 PM

Colenot,

I see the price has increased to $75.

Gazpacho
Posted by: Jim Costello

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/18/09 05:45 PM

Colenot, Steve is right. Go or call the US embassy in Madrid and they will tell you what forms & photos are needed. I believe the fee is $75 US or about 55 euros. I would suggest you get it done ASAP. My daughter who lives in Madrid recently did her passport at the US embassy.
Posted by: colenot

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/18/09 08:22 PM

Thanks everyone!
Posted by: pedmar

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 11/21/09 12:17 PM

US embassy will renew it with showing the old one;you can pay in USD or Euros and credit cards are accepted. All Americans abroad can do so at their Embassy of the country they are transiting or living.
cheers!
Posted by: colenot

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 04/05/10 09:07 PM

Thanks for everyones help on his. It turned out to be pretty easy.

The process-

I printed out the brief forms online, showed up at the embassy (made an appt online, first), they had a photo booth in the waiting area, walked up to the window when my number was called, ave my old passport/forms/new pics, paid about 56€, then about 10 days later (normal time it takes), the messenger came to my door (20 minutes outside the city center) and paid 6€ to receive my new passport hand delivered to my doorstep.

When you pay for your passport renewal (56€), they will ask you how you want them to return it to you. You either ive them a self addressed stamped envelope (with about 4€ postage on it), or request a messenger to hand deliver it (what I chose). You pay the messenger fee upon delivery and not in advanced.

All in all, pretty quick and painless process.

Hope this helps.
Posted by: pedmar

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 04/06/10 07:52 AM

of course, been doing it for years ::)
Posted by: madridmanjim

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 09/08/10 05:05 AM

I think the embassy in Madrid has a fotomat for those who need photographs. I think they also have an expedited service (same day?) for around 90€.
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 09/08/10 06:19 AM

This is all good information as I'll have to renew mine next year. Sounds a lot easier/faster than renewing a Spanish DNI card, that's for sure.

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 03/22/11 06:53 AM

I'm now studying this thread - and others like it - as I'll have to renew my US passport in the next few months. I WON'T put it off until the last minute, either. xfingers I should get in touch with my contact at the US Embassy too just in case the process has changed recently.

UPDATE: The US Embassy in Madrid has changed their website address from embusa.es to http://madrid.usembassy.gov/

Saludos, MadridMan
Posted by: pedmar

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 03/23/11 06:46 AM

yes the embassies are getting "secure" hehehehe, now the one in Paris requires online appointment setting, and go with that paper to the Embassy Lol! Then you mingled with all non Americans like sardines in a hallway and wait for a number at the time of your appointment !!!

At least the French do it privately and no appointments ::) Have not renew my Spanish passport in years, but use the DNI !
Posted by: MadridMan

Re: Renewing US Passport in Madrid? - 03/13/12 03:14 AM

UPDATE: Not meant to return attention to this particular blog post now, but noticed it didn't include my own experience from last September's passport renewal. For those who found this thread, feel free to read about it on my blog entry: "Passport Renewal at Madrid's US Embassy".

Saludos, MadridMan