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Important Passport Information

Payment Methods & Details

Payments are made at the Embassy when you apply.  Our cashier accepts cash (dollars or leke) and credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover).  Unfortunately we cannot accept checks or money orders.

For a complete listing of all current passport related fees, please visit the Department of State’s passport fees page.

Note: The passport card is used to enter the United States at the land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.  The passport card can also be used for domestic air travel.  The passport card may not be used for international air travel.  If you would like to apply for a card too, please select the appropriate box on top of the application form.

Appointments & Locations

Schedule an Appointment: 

Renew a Passport by Mail: 

  • We do not offer this service at this time.  Hoping in the near future…

Processing Times: 

  • As soon as you enter the consular area, please appear inside the customer service space and go to the appropriate servicing window.
  • At this window a consular assistant will collect your documentation and explain the passport renewal process.
  • Processing times vary from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the daily load.

What to Know About Your Appointment

  • Please appear by the consular gate in time.
  • Let the security officer know that you have an appointment.
  • Show your appointment confirmation letter together with an ID (U.S. passport preferred).
  • If your name is not on the appointment list, for security reasons the security officer will not let you inside the consular facility.
  • If that’s the case and you believe that you have actually scheduled your appointment, please email us at ACSTirana@state.gov, or request to confirm it via phone with the consular staff.

Please note: Electronic devices and other objects (e.g. tablets or laptops, pocket knives, etc.) are not allowed inside embassy premises; while you may leave your phone in the designated area as instructed by the security officer.

Receiving your Passport

Full validity passports are printed in the U.S. and are generally available for pickup at the embassy or courier delivery about 7 to 10 business days after your application is accepted.

Pick up at the Embassy in person:

  • You will receive an automated email when the passport is produced and ready for pick up.
  • If for some reason you do not receive notice from our office, please contact us via email.
  • You may also appear after the above period passes to inquire about the status of your passport.

Private Courier Delivery:

  • If you would like to have your new passport delivered via private courier, please inform us at the time you submit your application.
  • The cost for each passport is 500 ALL within Tirana and 600 ALL outside of the Tirana area.
  • Payment is collected by the Albanian Courier office when you pick up your passport.
  • Please note that passports are not delivered directly to your address but rather at an Albanian Courier delivery point.
  • The Albanian Courier officials will text or call your number to let you know where and when to pick up your passport in your city.

If you have questions about passports not answered on our website, please email us at ACSTirana@state.gov.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

    • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
    • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
    • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
    • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.