The US State Department’s ‘online payment program’ allows adult Americans in Italy to pay to renew their passport over the internet, according to a recent announcement published on the website of the US embassy to Italy.
The scheme means US citizens can now apply to renew their passport without having to make an in-person appointment at the US embassy or a general consulate in Italy, as was previously the case.
Applicants can pay the $130 renewal fee via the US government’s secure payment site and will then need to post their application documents to the embassy or a consulate (a tracked courier service is highly recommended).
Once the new passport is ready, they can opt to collect the travel document in person or receive it via courier, completing the entire process remotely.
The announcement states that the service, which opened on May 22nd, is open to US citizens over the age of 16 who are officially resident in Italy or the Republic of San Marino – with some restrictions.
To be eligible for the online payment service, applicants must have been at least 16 years old when their most recent passport was issued, and the passport should have been issued no more than 15 years ago and should have a 10-year validity period.
The applicant must have a valid Italian mailing address and be able to send their undamaged passport to the US embassy or one of the general consulates in Florence, Milan or Naples.
Parents can not use the service when applying for new passports for their minor children under the age of 16, but must continue to apply in person.
16 and 17-year-old applicants require parental consent and must make an appointment to apply in person, though they can still make the payment online.
The announcement highlights that the service is available only for the renewal of passport books, and not passport cards.