There is a limited number of Russian consulates across the vast territory of North America, and it would be quite inconvenient to have to attend one of them in person for passport renewal, especially since at least some of them appear to require lengthy prior appointments.

Is there perhaps any way to apply for a Russian passport by mail or over the internet, when abroad?

I recall seeing some info on the SF web-site that mail applications were discontinued (this info has since been removed, it appears), is there any information why and when it was discontinued?

It seems like the present regulations might require in-person appearance, but it's somewhat difficult to track when such regulations were introduced and what were the prior ones.

Does federal law cover this at all?

It seems like Федеральный закон № 114-ФЗ от 15 августа 1996 г. says the following:

Паспорт оформляется гражданину Российской Федерации по его письменному заявлению о выдаче паспорта, поданному лично, через его законного представителя или в форме электронного документа с использованием информационно-телекоммуникационных сетей общего пользования, в том числе сети Интернет, включая единый портал государственных и муниципальных услуг

Is there any way to construe USPS or FedEx/UPS as one's legal representative? Or how does one make the whole application through the internet and/or mail?

Are there perhaps any other developments for a more speedy passport issuance than the personal attendance plus the three months for processing?

  • North America covers Canada and Mexico. Is this for US only?
    – Karlson
    Apr 28 '15 at 19:09
  • I'm presently in the US, but plan to go to Canada for the summer (have to do land crossing, not having a passport!).
    – cnst
    Apr 28 '15 at 19:11
  • The regulations and actual processing times may vary from country to country. Can you narrow this down?
    – Karlson
    Apr 28 '15 at 19:12
  • Could you please translate, or at least paraphrase the gist, of that Russian block quote?
    – JoErNanO
    May 27 '15 at 18:39
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    @NateEldredge I don't think that's right; see cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5023-eng.html#s2x5. "Permanent residents of the United States may travel to Canada from the United States or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon without passports, travel documents or visas provided they produce satisfactory evidence of their identity and status."
    – Calchas
    May 27 '15 at 20:46

Consulates and Embassy in the USA have required in person visit for renewal and pickup of the Russian passport. Spoke with the consulate in Seattle today and apparently there is some legislation that has passed but not yet effective, that will enable some passport services to take place by mail in the future. He had no information on effective date.

  • do you have any details on this legislation? i've read a comment on the google plus reviews of the SF consulate that you can apply by mail through a new order by Putin, but I haven't found the actual law. I'm really interested in reading the actual law etc. if anyone knows a reference, please kindly share.
    – cnst
    May 27 '15 at 22:13

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