ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning September 2023, U.S. Embassy Ashgabat will begin accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications. Paying online allows you to drop off your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to apply in person or schedule an appointment. 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 Pay Pal. Please see the criteria below to determine if you are eligible for online fee payment. Send an email to ConsularAshgab@state.gov for any questions related to this new process.
Please note that the online fee option accepted by U.S. Embassy Ashgabat is limited to U.S. citizens residing in Turkmenistan. Online fee payment is currently available for passport book renewals only. If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Citizen Adult Passport Renewals
To use the online payment system, you must answer YES to all of the following:
- I can submit my most recent U.S. passport book by mail with my renewal application;
- I was at least 16 years old when my most recent passport book was issued;
- I was issued my most recent U.S. passport book less than 15 years ago;
- My most recent U.S. passport book has a validity of 10 years from issuance to expiration;
- My most recent U.S. passport book was issued in my current name (or I can document my name change by submitting a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order with my passport application;) and
- I currently reside in Turkmenistan
If you do not meet these criteria, please see “Apply for a Passport” tab on our passports website for instructions on making an appointment to submit a passport application in person at the Embassy or Consulate nearest you.
Instructions for DS-82 Processing by Drop Off and Online Fee Payment – for U.S. citizens residing in Turkmenistan:
Step 1: SIGN and complete the DS-82 Passport Renewal Form. Type or print clearly in blank ink.
*NOTE: You must provide a Social Security number, if you been issued one. If you do not have a Social Security number, please click here.
Step 2: Obtain one WHITE background color passport photo 2” x 2” (5 x 5 cm) taken within the past 6 months; no eyeglasses. See more information on photo requirements.
Step 3: Include one photocopy (color or black and white) of the data page of your previous U.S. passport.
Step 4: Include the passport you are renewing in the package you mail to the Embassy.
Step 5: Name change documents (if applicable) (original + 1 photocopy)
If 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 original with English translation if applicable (ex. Marriage certificate, Divorce Decree, Court Order)
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 drop off at the embassy.
Step 7: Drop off all the items listed above to the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat on any workday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. at the below address:
U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Attn: Consular – American Citizen Services
1984 Str. (Pushkin Str.) No. 9
Step 8: The Embassy does not need to keep your old passport and will not cancel it until the new passport has arrived. Send an email to ConsularAshgab@state.gov to arrange a time to pickup your old passport.
Step 9: Passport processing takes approximately four to six weeks. You will receive an email notification when your new passport has arrived at the Embassy.
If you do not wish to use the online payment and drop off option described above, you may also continue to schedule a regular in-person appointment for a passport application. In this case, please schedule an online appointment using our online appointment system.
In general, you will need to bring the following to your appointment:
- DS-82 application form (fill out on-line and print)
- One 2-inch x 2-inch (5cm x 5cm) professional quality color photo taken on a white background
- Your most recent U.S. passport
- The $130 application fee