How far in advance can I apply for a new passport?
We recommend applying for a new passport within one year of your current passport’s expiration date. We also recommend that you not let your passport get below 6 months remaining validity. Many countries in the region do not allow you to enter unless your passport is valid for more than 6 months. Country Specific Information on Entry/Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens is available on travel.state.gov.
How do I receive my new passport when it’s ready?
For mail-in applications, Please complete and print the U.S. Passport Delivery Form. Your new and previous passport will be delivered to you by courier for a fee of NT$185, pay on delivery.
For in-person applications, we use a courier service which will return the passport to the address you indicate to them (1F near exit). Your new and previous passport will be delivered to you by courier for a fee of NT$185, pay on delivery.
Will I get my old passport back?
Yes, we deliver the new passport along with the old, cancelled passport. We are careful not to cancel pages containing valid visas. If you have valid visas in your cancelled passport, you will need to travel with the two passports for a while. Please attach a note about this to your application when using the mail-in procedure, or point it out to our staff when applying in-person.
What if I need my current passport during the three weeks that I’m waiting for the new passport?
If you need your current passport while your application for passport renewal is still in process, please contact the American Citizen Services via email at TaipeiACS@state.gov for assistance. We do not cancel the current passport until the new passport has arrived and been Quality Assured. We are careful not to cancel pages containing valid visas.
How do I get a bank draft in U.S. dollars?
Most banks in Taiwan at their Foreign Exchange Department can issue cashier’s checks ( 美金匯票 ) payable to American Institute in Taiwan in U.S. dollars.
What are the fees in NT Dollars?
The exchange rate used for collecting fees in NT$ is set by AIT and changes periodically. The cashier at AIT can inform applicants of the NT$ fee (for in-person applications by appointment). Mail-in applications should include a bank draft (cashier’s check 美金匯票) payable to American Institute In Taiwan in U.S. Dollars.
Can I change my name in my U.S. passport?
Yes. If you would like to change your name in your passport, you will need to apply for a new passport with proof of your legal name change. Please follow instructions on Change Name on U.S. Passport.
My U.S. passport will expire in less than six months. Can I travel back to the United States on my U.S. passport?
Yes, you can travel back to the United States on your U.S. passport as long as it is still valid.
I have an appointment but I don’t have my confirmation page. Can I still come for the appointment?
Not having your confirmation page will not affect your appointment. We will be able to verify your identity with your ID.