Embassy of Australia
United States of America
Embassy address: 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 - Telephone: (202) 797 3000 - Fax: (202) 797 3168

How to lodge your application

 
Most applications must be lodged in person at your nearest Australian Passport Office.  However, some clients are eligible to lodge by mail if they are renewing their passport.  Please check the table below to see if you qualify for a mail application.  

All passport information on this website is current.  We ask that you do NOT contact our offices to re-confirm information you have already obtained on this website. 

First child passport

Must lodge in person - one parent or person with parental responsibility for the child must lodge in person. The child is not required to attend the interview.  It does not matter if the lodging parent is Australian or non-Australian.  

First adult passport

Must lodge in person - this applies even if you previously held a passport as a child.

Child renewal

Lodge by mail or in person – if you are renewing a passport for a child who is still under 18 years of age, and that passport had an original validity of two years or more, you may lodge either by mail or in person.  The passport can be renewed before or after it expires.

Adult renewal (including name change)

Lodge by mail or in person - If you are renewing an adult passport that was issued after 20/08/1986 with an original validity of two or more years, you may lodge either by post or in person. It does not matter if your passport is expired. The passport can be renewed before or after it expires. 

Note: If your previous passport was issued to you as a child, you must lodge in person.

Replacement of passport issued before 20/08/86

 Must lodge in person.

Replacement of lost, stolen or seriously damaged passport

 Must lodge in person.

Replacement of emergency passport or other limited validity document

 Must lodge in person.

First passport since obtaining or resuming Australian citizenship.

 Must lodge in person.

 
For clients that must lodge in person, there are no exceptions.  If you do not live near a passport office, you must make appropriate arrangements to lodge your application in person.

Please note that our Honorary Consuls in Denver, Miami and Houston are not authorised to conduct passport business.  It is not possible to attend an interview in Denver, Miami or Houston.