American citizens residing or traveling abroad who require a U.S. passport are issued the latest state-of-the-art passports that incorporate photo-digitized images and other enhanced security features. These passports are produced at a domestic U.S. passport facility. This increases processing times, but the Department is committed to ensuring that American citizens receive secure documents in a timely manner. American citizens are encouraged to apply early for renewal of expiring passports. It takes approximately 3 weeks to obtain a U.S. passport.
The Embassy wishes to remind all U.S. citizens that U.S. law requires all U.S. citizens, including dual-national citizens, to enter the United States using their U.S. passport. We urge all U.S. citizens to keep their U.S. passports current.
Please read the following information carefully:
- All visits to the U.S. Embassy for passport applications require an appointment.
- All application forms must be completed prior to the appointment. The American Citizen Services Unit reserves the right to reschedule your appointment if you do not have all the required documents with you at the time of the appointment.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates can issue passports in emergency cases. However, emergency passports will be limited in validity and cannot be extended. Bearers will be required to exchange their limited validity passports for full-validity photo-digitized passports upon completion of their emergency travel, either through a passport facility in the U.S. or a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
If you have been issued a Social Security number you must provide it on your application for a U.S. passport. If you fail to provide this information, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application. If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”
If you have been issued a social security number and cannot remember it, or are unsure as to whether you have ever been issued one, we recommend that you schedule your passport appointment for 10:30 a.m. or later. Earlier appointment times are available and may be scheduled if more convenient but this may also lead to a longer wait time at the Embassy.
Apply for a Passport
This form is for applicants who:
- Cannot present their last passport (lost or stolen)
- Have never been issued a U.S. passport
- Hold a passport issued before the age of 16 or more than fifteen years ago
- Hold a five year passport
There are special instructions for passports for minors under 16. Please see “Apply for a passport for a minor”.