Passport Services

Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport
If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022.
See this page for more information.



General Information

U.S. citizens residing or traveling abroad who require issuance of a U.S. passport will be issued the latest, state-of-the-art passport incorporating a photo-digitized image and other enhanced security features. U.S. Embassies and Consulates achieve this goal by transferring the passport issuance function to a domestic U.S. passport facility.

The average time for processing a new passport is approximately one week to ten days from the time of the application. However, U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply early for renewal of their expiring passports.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates will continue to issue passports in emergency cases. Such passports will be limited in validity, and cannot be extended.

U.S. citizens, including minors, in need of passport services must appear in person at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje. We are open for U.S. customers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 15:00, by appointment only.

All consular fees may be paid either in cash, US dollars, North Macedonia denars or by credit card (accepted credit cards are: Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express and Diner’s).

We do not accept Euros or checks.

The passport application form should not be signed until instructed to do so by a Consular Officer.

Applicants should be aware that the Embassy will reject any photographs that do not conform to U.S. Passport standards, (i.e., photo too small, headsize too small, not identical, out of focus, dark background).

Note:  Vending machine photographs are not acceptable.

Please check the Guidelines for Producing High Quality Photographs for U.S. Travel Documents.

Steps to take to schedule your appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje.

1. Review our website to determine the specific service you need.

2. Ensure that all applications, forms, and additional documents are completed correctly before you come to your appointment. For passport services, we strongly encourage you to complete passport and additional page forms online.

3. Schedule your appointment: CLICK HERE

4. Print your appointment confirmation letter and bring it with you to your appointment.

  • Schedule one appointment per applicant per service. For example if you have two children where each requires a passport renewal, each child must have his or her own appointment. If you have questions about what type of appointment you require, email for additional assistance. Duplicate appointments for the same service will be deleted in the system without notice.
  • Cancel your original appointment in the system if you need to change the date. In order to cancel your appointment you will need a password which you can find on your appointment confirmation letter. Please email for assistance.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment. If you are late to your appointment you may be asked to reschedule your appointment. When you arrive at the Embassy, please inform one of the guards that you are a U.S. citizen with an appointment and go directly to the Consular Section.

American citizens in North Macedonia can visit the Consular Section for passport services, including applying for new passports and adding extra pages. New passports take approximately two weeks to arrive. You may keep your existing passport until the new one arrives.

Once your new passport arrives, you will be asked to submit your old passport for cancellation. Any current visas in your old passport will not be cancelled and the cancelled passport will be returned to you with your new passport.

Note: All passport issuance for children under the age of 14 require the signatures of both parents. Further information about passport applications can be found at Passport Services.

Application forms for passports can be accessed below or from the website.

Use this form if:

  1. you have never had U.S. passport,
  2. you are under age 16,
  3. your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago, or
  4. your most recent passport was lost or stolen.

Please note that when applying outside the U.S., this form MUST be signed in front of a consular officer.

Use this form if:

  1. you can show your most recent passport, and
  2. you were at least 16 years old when your most recent passport was issued, and
  3. your most recent passport was issued in the last 15 years, and
  4. you use the same name as on your most recent passport.

Please note that when applying outside the U.S., this form MUST be signed in front of a consular officer.

Please do not sign the application forms, you will be asked to do it in front of a Consular Officer.

Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship:

  • Certified Birth Record or
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or
  • Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship, or
  • Previous U.S. passport

Provide proof of identity: Drivers’ license or State or other photo ID card.

Important: Please provide a local report filed with the Police in the area where the theft/loss occurred.

Photo: Your photo must be:

  • In color
  • 2 x 2 inches in size
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Taken in normal street attire:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily
    • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture
    • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)

Fee: $165.00. The fee may be paid either in cash, in U.S. dollars or North Macedonia Denars or by credit card (accepted credit cards are: Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express and Diner’s). Payment in Euros or with check cannot be accepted.

To Make an Appointment, Please go to Appointment System


Use this form if:

  1. you can show your most recent passport, and
  2. you were at least 16 years old when your most recent passport was issued, and
  3. your most recent passport was issued in the last 15 years, and
  4. you use the same name as on your most recent passport.

Please note that when applying outside the U.S., this form MUST be signed in front of a consular officer.

U.S. Passport Card

The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

Learn more about U.S. Passport Card


Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

  • Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
  • Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
  • The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
  • It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
  • Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
  • Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
  • To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
  • The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
  • No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
  • Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
  • During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
  • Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
  • Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.