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How to apply for a U.S. Passport

  • Adult - First Time Passport

    Adult - First Time Passport

    • NOTE:  For passport purposes, anyone age 16 or over is considered an adult. 

      REQUIRED FORM:

      • DS-11 
      • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

      REQUIREMENTS:

      • Proof of U.S. Citizenship: Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate, original Consular Report of Birth Abroad, original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.  If you are over 16 years old and were issued a U.S. passport during your childhood, you may submit it as proof of U.S. citizenship.  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.

      • Photo Identification: Driver’s License or Photo ID card.

      • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.

      • $135.00 U.S. Dollars.  Non-refundable

      • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, International credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted. 

      TO REQUEST or CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation.  After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy.  To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.

  • Adult - Passport Renewal

    Adult - Passport Renewal

    • NOTE: Applicants whose previous passport was issued more than 15 years ago must apply for a first time passport.

      REQUIRED FORM:

      • DS-82
      • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

      REQUIREMENTS:

      • Previous U.S. passport (in good condition, not stained or ripped).

      • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.

      • 110.00 U.S. Dollars non-refundable

      • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted. 

      TO REQUEST or CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.


      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application. Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy. To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.

  • Adult - Lost or Stolen Passport

    Adult - Lost or Stolen Passport

    • NOTE:  If you reported the theft of your belongings to the local police please bring a copy of the police report.

      • If you can wait 2 weeks for your passport please fill out form DS-64 and  refer to the instructions for first time adult passport
      • If you have an emergency travel to the United States you do not need to request an appointment, just come to the Consular Section, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.,  Monday through Friday (except U.S. and local holidays) and bring a copy of your travel itinerary.  You must justify your emergency with the Consular Officer.

       REQUIRED FORMS:

      Please print and fill out both forms before your appointment.  If you cannot print the forms, they are available at the Embassy.

      REQUIREMENTS:

      • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (if you have it): Original or copy of Birth Certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.

      • Photo Identification (if you have it): Driver’s License or photo ID card original or photocopy.

      • $135.00 U.S. Dollars.  Non-refundable

      • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.

      • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted. 

      Please Note: If an applicant has a history of two lost and/or stolen passports, he or she will be issued a limited one-year validity passport


      TO REQUEST OR CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy.  To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.

  • Adult - Damaged or Mutilated Passports

    Adult - Damaged or Mutilated Passports

    • DEFINITIONS:

      Damaged Passport:  Ordinary wear or tear, carelessness, or accidental.

      Mutilated Passport:  Intentional alteration of the document. 

       REQUIRED FORMS:

      • DS-82 - If all the biographical data and photo are NOT damaged. 
      • DS-11 - If the passport was mutilated or if the biographical data and/or photo ARE damaged. 
      • Please print and fill out the appropriate form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the forms, they are available at the Embassy.

      DOCUMENTATION NEEDED:

      • Signed Statement: The statement must satisfactorily explain the circumstances regarding the damage of the passport book.

      • Proof of U.S. Citizenship: Passport (if readable), Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate, original Consular Report of Birth Abroad, original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.

      • Photo Identification: Driver’s License or Photo ID card.

      • 135.00 U.S. Dollars non-refundable

      • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.

      • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted. 

      TO REQUEST or CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy.  To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.

  • Minors - First Time Passport
  • Minors - Passport Renewal

    Minors - Passport Renewal

    • NOTE: For passport purposes, anyone under the age of 16 is considered a minor.  Those over 16 years old must follow the instructions for adult passports.  If this will be your first passport after turning 16, please see the instructions for first time adult passports. 

      REQUIRED FORM:

      • DS-11
      • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

      DOCUMENTATION NEEDED:

      • Both parents (or the child’s legal guardian(s)), as well as the child, must be present.

      • Evidence of both parents’ identities: passports, driver’s license, or other photo identification

      • Child’s original U.S. Birth Certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.

      • Previous U.S. passport

      • Age progression photos should be submitted to establish the physical changes during the growth of minor children; these photos should range from the age in which their last passport was issued to their current age.

      • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.  Photo service is available at the Embassy.

      • 105.00 U.S. Dollars non-refundable

      • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.  Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted. 

      SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

      • If only one parent is present in Costa Rica, the “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent,” form DS-3053, is required.  Please note that the DS-3053 will not be accepted if notarized in Costa Rica.  Any parent who is in Costa Rica must come to the Embassy to sign the passport application in person.

      • If neither parent is present in Costa Rica, a notarized written authorization in English from both parents is required.

      TO REQUEST OR CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy.  To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.

  • Minors - Lost / Stolen / Mutilated Passports

    Minors - Lost / Stolen / Mutilated Passports

    • NOTE: For passport purposes, anyone under the age of 16 is considered a minor.  Those over 16 must follow the instructions for adult passports.  If this will be your first passport after turning 16, please see the instructions for first time adult passports. 

      REQUIRED FORMS:

      • DS-11
      • DS-64
      • Please print and fill out both forms before your appointment.  If you cannot print the forms, they are available at the Embassy.

      REQUIREMENTS:

      • Both parents (or the child’s legal guardian(s)), as well as the child, must be present.

      • Evidence of both parents’ identities: passports, driver’s license, or other photo identification.

      • Child’s original U.S. Birth Certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.

      • Other Photo Identification (i.e. photo ID card, other expired passport, Costa Rican ID, etc.)

      • Age progression photos should be submitted to establish the physical changes during the growth of minor children; these photos should range from the age in which their last passport was issued to their current age.

      • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.

      • $105.00 U.S. Dollars.  Non-refundable

      • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted. 

      SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

      • If only one parent is present in Costa Rica, the “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent,” form DS-3053, is required.  Please note that the DS-3053 will not be accepted if notarized in Costa Rica.  Any parent who is in Costa Rica must come to the Embassy to sign the passport application in person.

      • If neither parent is present in Costa Rica, a notarized written authorization in English from both parents is required.

      TO REQUEST or CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy.  To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.

  • Additional pages

    Additional pages

    • NOTE: Additional pages cannot be added to passports that are damaged. 

      REQUIRED FORM:

      • DS-4085  
      • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

      REQUIREMENTS:

      • Valid U.S. passport

      • 82.00 U.S. Dollars non-refundable

      • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted. 

      TO REQUEST or CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy.  To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.

  • Name Change, Data Correction and Limited Passport Book Replacement

    Name Change, Data Correction and Limited Passport Book Replacement

    • • To change your name in your valid U.S. passport (if your current passport was issued less than a year ago). 

      • To correct a printing error in your valid U.S. passport

      • To replace a limited validity passport, if your passport was issued less than a year ago.

      REQUIRED FORM:

      • DS-5504 
      • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

      REQUIREMENTS:

      • Valid US passport
             
      • One (1) recent photograph, in color size 2"x2", with a white background and full front view. Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted. Photo service is available at the Consulate.

      • For a data correction: birth certificate or original documents showing your full name.

      • For a name change: Evidence to support the request change, such as original marriage certificate, divorse or court order showing the change of name.

      • There is no FEE when submitting form DS-5504

      TO REQUEST or CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CLICK HERE.

      The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

      ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

      SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: If you already have a social security number, you MUST provide it on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS.  If you do not have a social security number, you may apply for one at the Embassy.  To schedule an appointment with Social Security, please call 2519-2228 between 8:00am and 11:30am, Monday through Friday, or email fbu.costarica@ssa.gov.