We develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the UK and the United States.

We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and the US.

The ambassador is responsible for the direction and work of the embassy and its consulates. His tasks are to present UK policies to the American government and to Americans, to report and explain American policies and views to his own government in London, and to support UK interests. He is also responsible for press and cultural relations, and for consular services. He is based at the British Embassy in Washington but travels regularly throughout the United States.

British consulates champion trade and investment between the UK and US. They also keep the ambassador aware of political, economic and other developments in their consular districts. The consuls are also responsible for the consular protection of British nationals who are temporary residents in, or visitors to, their consular district.

Our services

Our consulates

Our consulates across the US support a number of services. Select your nearest consulate to learn more:

Visas

For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website

Passport renewal

For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Please note that our embassy and consulates are not authorized to respond to individual enquiries about passport applications.

Travel Advice

Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.

Births, deaths and marriages

Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Emergency travel documents

Information on getting an emergency travel document if your passport is lost or stolen while abroad.

Legalisation Service

How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Notarial and documentary services

Information about official documents, certificates and letters available at our offices in the US.

Living in the USA

Information for British nationals living in the United States who need information about services that are not provided by our embassy or consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances

USA & Canada Prison Pack

This guide aims to explain the legal and prison system to British Nationals who are imprisoned. You can also read about how to apply for a transfer back to a UK prison.

Consular fees

Information on the current cost of fee-bearing services.

Our people

Sir  Peter Westmacott KCMG, LVO

Sir Peter Westmacott KCMG, LVO

British Ambassador to the USA

Contact us

British Embassy Washington

3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
USA

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British Council USA

3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008
USA

The British Council's US team works to energize the transatlantic relationship through the arts, education, society and English.

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