Freitag, 2. September 2016

Passport in-person checklist for the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt

Official Checklist: for comparison.

Summary and take-away follows.

Do bring:

  • Appointment (alternative link) printed out.
  • Printed, filled out but unsigned Form DS-11 (A4 paper is ok)
  • Social Security Number
  • Pre-paid, filled out courier envelope:  DHL Express Easy Brief
  • Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (e.g. expired passport)
  • Present Identification (e.g. German Personalausweis)
  • Photocopy of Identification (I was not asked for this)
  • Photo (2 x 2 inches - 51 x 51 mm)
  • Around $135 dollars in cash or a credit card

Do NOT bring any electronic devices. They are 100 % strict about this.
There is a little shop ~500 meters next to consulate which takes the mobile phone in safe keeping for €2 in case you forget. You get a numbered plastic card to get the phone back later.

The appointment is "only" for the front gate. You will get a number from the front gate and later inside they will call your number. Waiting time inside is up to and around 45 minutes.

Present Identification: This one is interesting. The official checklist states that an expired passport would be sufficient. But in my case they wanted another ID so I used my German Personalausweis.

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