If you are a U.S. citizen, but have never been issued a U.S. passport, you must apply in person at the U.S. Embassy Consular Section during American Citizen Services hours. Please follow the steps below.
Schedule an appointment. Please use the online Appointment System to choose a date and time. After you have scheduled an appointment, proceed with the following steps:
Gather the following items to bring to your appointment:
- DS-11 application form – complete and print. Do NOT sign the form. You must sign the DS-11 in the presence of the consular officer;
- Proof of U.S. citizenship — a certified copy of U.S. birth certificate, original Naturalization Certificate, or U.S. Certificate of Citizenship;
- Proof of identity – any valid, government-issued ID, including a driver’s license, ID card, or military ID;
- Two passport photos – 2×2 inches (5 x 5 cm) with a white background. See Photo Requirements.
- The appropriate fee – To be paid in U.S. dollars, cash only.
Processing time & Passport pick up
Passports are printed in the United States with a secure photo-digitized image of the bearer. You should allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be processed. You will receive an email when your passport is ready to be picked up at the U.S. Embassy Consular Section.
The Consular Section does not mail passports. You – or a person you designate by name with a signed letter – must appear in person to pick up the passport.