Prepare for your appointment
2. Bring printed form DS-82, your printed online appointment confirmation, as well as your current passport, credit card or cash payment, and 6 euros exact change to take a photo at the fotoautomat inside the embassy passport room (if you won’t have professional photos taken beforehand to the U.S. specifications).
They only need 1 photo for your passport. I chose to get the extended 56 pg passport just in case I travel a lot in the next 10 years. It doesn’t cost anything more but adding later costs $30.
Botschaft der Vereinigten Staaten vonAmerika
14195 Berlin, Germany
Public transportation directions
Embassy is off U3 Oskar-Helene-Heim stop, which is almost at the end of the U3 line. You can take the s-bahn ring or u-bahn and transfer to U3. I commuted from Friedrichshain (east Berlin) which took 50 minutes with transfer on subway.
When you exit the station, you will be on Clayallee only half a block south of the embassy. Make a left turn and cross to the corner diagonal from you.
At the Embassy
Embassy security will have you leave your mobile behind in a locker which you will get a key for to pick up before you leave.
You will be guided to the second floor which is for U.S. citizens (first floor is for others applying for U.S. visas). The room is relatively empty and calm. There isn’t really any line and there are 2-3 service desks.
The fotoautomat has very flat fluorescent lighting. You spin the seat until it is your correct height and you can take 3 photos with the option to choose your best before printing.
I am traveling in 8 days and they said I can come pick it up 7 days from now! You get to keep your passport in the meanwhile and it will have holes punched in it.
If you aren’t in a travel hurry and don’t want to have to come back you can bring a registered mail envelope with I believe 3.80 for
postage. I read that you needed a DHL prepaid envelope with tracking but I did not have to use it and the girl before me was fine giving them a regular registered mail envelope.
Overall the woman was super sweet and I hope my photo is fine. I don’t know if I sat too close. The pre-filled out online form makes
everything go speedily. I was out in 5 minutes!
Good luck with your renewal!
(this post is written entirely on my iPod touch on the u-bahn ride back. If you found this post useful and would like to make a donation so I can keep writing guides this year, chip in $1 or two! gracious thanks to you 🙂 )