Passport Services

** APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED **

If you arrive at the consulate for any non-emergency passport service without an appointment, you will be asked to return after securing an appointment. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy, which will ensure that services are offered in a more efficient manner, with shorter wait times.  Please note that failure to renew a passport in a timely manner prior to your travel is not an emergency service, and you will need an appointment to receive a new passport.

As we have limited cash on hand please bring exact change or pay with credit card.

To shorten the time spent at the Embassy, we recommend you complete and print all necessary passport forms using the Passport Wizard and bring them to your appointment.

Note: You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States.

To help calculate your passport costs, use the Estimate Your Fees calculator. 

To shorten the time spent at the Embassy, we recommend you complete and print all necessary passport forms using the Passport Wizard and bring them to your appointment.

Form

You must complete and bring Form DS-82 if ALL of the following are true of your most recent U.S. passport:
• Undamaged and can be submitted with your application,
• Issued when you were age 16 or older,
• Issued within the last 15 years, and
• Issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change.

You must complete Form DS-11 if any of the following are true:

  • Your expired passport has been lost, stolen or damaged,
  • You were under age 16 when your most recent passport was issued,
  • Your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Completed passport application form,
  • Previous U.S. passport. Your new passport will be issued with the same name in your most recent passport, unless you include with the application an original or certified court order or marriage certificate showing a change in name. These documents will be returned to you with your new passport,
  • Two (2) 5 cm x 5 cm passport photograph,
  • Current ID (if applicable)
  • Social Security number. If you do not remember your Social Security Number or don’t have one, please inquire with the Federal Benefits Office in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is mandatory to have a Social Security Number.  Failure to provide the social security number will delay the passport application process.
  • Passport fee.
  • If the passport submitted contains a baby photo or the person has changed a lot, you will need to present progression photos to verify the physical development and identity.

To shorten the time spent at the Embassy, we recommend you complete and print all necessary passport forms using the Passport Wizard and bring them to your appointment.

Form

You must complete and bring Form DS-11 if any of the following are true:

  • You have never had a U.S. passport,
  • Your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged,
  • You were under age 16 when your most recent passport was issued,
  • Your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Completed passport application form,
  • Previous U.S. passport. Your new passport will be issued with the same name in your most recent passport, unless you include with the application an original or certified court order or marriage certificate showing a change in name.  If never had a U.S. passport bring your U.S. birth certificateor Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.  These documents will be returned to you with your new passport.
  • Two (2) 5 cm x 5 cm passport photograph,
  • Current government issued photo identification,
  • Social Security number. If you do not remember your Social Security Number or don’t have one, please inquire with the Federal Benefits Office in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is mandatory to have a Social Security Number.  Failure to provide the social security number will delay the passport application process.
  • Passport fee.
  • If the passport submitted contains a baby photo or the person has changed a lot, you will need to present progression photos to verify the physical development and identity.

Applicants Age 16 and 17

If you have your own identification document (ID), you may apply for a passport by yourself. However, we strongly recommend that at least one parent accompany you to show parental awareness.

Examples of Parental Awareness:

  • A parent appearing with you in person when you apply for your passport
  • A signed statement consenting to issuance of a passport from at least one parent (should be accompanied by a photocopy of that parent’s ID).

If you do not have a current ID, you must show at least one parent knows that you are applying for a passport.

Your passport application may be denied if we have received written objection from one of your parents or legal guardians.

To shorten the time spent at the Embassy, we recommend you complete and print all necessary passport forms using the Passport Wizard and bring them to your appointment.

Forms

All applicants age 15 and under must complete and bring Form DS-11.

Passports for Minors

All children must appear in person. Parents must sign the passport application for all children under age 16 only in front of the Vice Consul or Consul the day of the interview. The child’s birth certificate, parents’ or guardians’ own passports or other legal identification, and a copy of the court-ordered guardianship, if applicable, are required. If the old passport contains a baby photo, you will need to present progression photos to verify identity of the applicant.

If one parent is unavailable to appear at the Embassy, an original, notarized DS-3053 Statement of Consent is required, along with a copy of the absent parent’s signed photo identification, which was presented to the notary.  The DS-3053 Statement of Consent is only valid for a period of 90 days.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Completed passport application form,
  • Minor and both parents present with valid IDs. Please bring photocopies of the IDs.
  • Minor’s original birth certificate (In case of a Paraguayan birth certificate, a copy of “Acta de Nacimiento” must be legalized by the Civil Registry). Please bring a photocopy of the birth certificate.
  • If your child was issued a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), please bring it.
  • Minor’s previous passport, if applicable. Please bring a photocopy of the passport.
  • Photos showing physical development of minor.
  • If one of the parents cannot be present at the interview, an original notarized form DS-3053 by U.S. Notary Public or U.S. Consul must be submitted.
  • Two (2) 5X5 cm photo with a white background.
  • Minor’s Social Security Number.
  • Passport application must be signed only in front of the Vice-Consul or Consul during interview with both parents and child present.

To shorten the time spent at the Embassy, we recommend you complete and print all necessary passport forms using the Passport Wizard and bring them to your appointment.

The Consular Section may replace lost, stolen or mutilated passports after verification of your identity and your citizenship. The following items are required.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Completed form DS-11Application for a U.S. Passport,
  • Completed form DS-64Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport,
  • Photo identification, (i.e. valid driver’s license or military ID),
  • Proof of citizenship, (i.e. copy of passport, U.S. birth certificate or Naturalization Certificate) + copy,
  • Two (2) 5 cm x 5 cm passport photograph,
  • Police report of the loss or theft ,
  • Passport fee,

The U.S. Embassy may issue an emergency passport for immediate travel due to illness or death or to allow a visitor in Asuncion to return to the United States or to continue with onward travel when the passport has been lost or stolen.

Emergency passports are limited in validity and must be replaced as soon as you conclude your emergency travel.

If you have an urgent travel need for the reasons stated above and do not find a suitable appointment date, you may come to the Embassy without an appointment.  You can come Monday through Thursday from 1:00 until 3:30 pm for this specific service.  Please remember that the Embassy is closed on all Paraguayan and American holidays.

If you are an American citizen with an after-hours emergency, please call (595-21) 213-715 and press “0” to be connected to the Operator.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Completed form DS-11Application for a U.S. Passport,
  • Previous U.S. passport.
  • Photo identification, (i.e. valid driver’s license or government ID),
  • Two (2) 5 cm x 5 cm passport photograph,
  • Current ID (if applicable)
  • Social Security number. If you do not remember your Social Security Number or don’t have one, please inquire with the Federal Benefits Office in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is mandatory to have a Social Security Number.  Failure to provide the social security number will delay the passport application process.
  • Passport fee.
  • If the passport submitted contains a baby photo or the person has changed a lot, you will need to present progression photos to verify the physical development and identity.

 

For information applying for diplomatic, official and no-fee passports, please visit the State Department Passport Page.

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

  • Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
  • Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
  • The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
  • It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
  • Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
  • Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
  • To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
  • The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant.  Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee.  Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
  • No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
  • Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question.  Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
  • During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
  • Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
  • Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview.  For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel.  Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview.  Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate.  It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.  The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.