If you are NOT eligible for mail-in renewal, you must apply as a first-time applicant.
Paying online allows you to mail your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to apply in person. Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $130 passport renewal fee online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S. based bank account, Amazon Pay, or PayPal. Please see the checklist below to determine if you are eligible for online fee payment. The processing time is approximately four weeks from the date we receive your application and payment.
You may pay online and renew by courier if all of the following applies:
- You can submit your most recent passport.
- You were at least 16 years old when your most recent passport was issued. Please note: if your most recent passport was issued when you were under 16 years old, you must apply as a first-time applicant.
- Your most recent passport was issued no more than 15 years ago. Please note: if your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago, you must apply as a first-time applicant.
- You use the same name as on your most recent passport; or have had your name changed by marriage or court order and can submit proper documentation to reflect the name change.
Instructions for DS-82 Processing by Courier and Online Fee Payment – for U.S. citizens residing in Bulgaria:
Step 1: Complete the DS-82 Passport Renewal Form. Please complete the entire form and print it. Be sure to sign and date the form where indicated.
Step 2: Obtain one color passport photo 2” x 2” (5 x 5 cm) taken within the past 6 months; full face, frontal view against a plain white or off-white background. See more information on photo requirements.
Step 3: Include the passport you are renewing in the package you mail to the Embassy (this passport will be canceled and returned to you along with the new passport). Please make sure that your passport is signed.
Step 4: Include one photocopy (color or black and white) of the data page of your current passport.
Step 5: If your current passport is issued more than a year ago and you would like to change the name on your new passport due to marriage, divorce, or court order, please include proof of your name change. Documents must be originals with an English translation, if applicable. The documents will be returned to you along with your new passport.
Step 6: Pay the $130 passport application fee via the U.S. government’s secure payment site. After successfully paying the fee, you must print out the electronic payment confirmation you receive via email and include it in the package you send to the Embassy. In the name fields, please use your current legal name, even if it is different from the name that appears on your prior passport. If you are submitting a payment on behalf of another passport renewal applicant, please enter their name. All fields are required. Note: You can only use this form to pay for one passport application at a time. Fee payments for multiple renewal applications must be submitted separately.
Step 7: Request a DHL courier pick up by calling 0700 17 700 (press 1) and provide DHL account number 316103248.
Step 8: Visit http://126.96.36.199/ to request DHL delivery of the new passport. The Embassy will receive a waybill for you. Current cost for delivery is 8.78 BGN in one direction.
We strongly encourage you to not use our appointment system to visit the Embassy if you are eligible to pay online and submit your application by courier.