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U.S. Passports

Aplying for a U.S. Passport?

IMPORTANT:  An appointment is required for all regular passport services.

 

Adult - First Time Passport

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

REQUIRED FORMS:

Form DS-11

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.

• 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.  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.

Appointment request

Your passport will be ready in 2 weeks.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You MUST provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

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.

Adult – Passport Renewal

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

REQUIRED FORMS:

Form DS-82

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.  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. 

Appointment request

Your passport is going to be ready in 2 weeks.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You MUST provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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.

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:

Form DS-11

Form DS-64

REQUIREMENTS:

• Proof of U.S. Citizenship (if you have it): Original or copy of Birth Certificate, Report of Birth Abroad, or Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.

• 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.  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. 

Appointment request

Your emergency passport is going to be ready on the same day.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You MUST provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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.

Adult - Damaged or Mutilated Passports

DEFINITIONS:

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

Mutilated Passport:  Intentional alteration of the document. 

REQUIRED FORMS:

Form DS-82 - If all the biographical data and photo are NOT damaged. 

Form DS-11 - If the passport was mutilated or if the biographical data and/or photo ARE damaged. 

DOCUMENTATION NEEDED

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

• Proof of U.S. Citizenship: Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate, original Consular Report of Birth Abroad, original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.

• 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.  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. 

Appointment request

Your passport is going to be ready in 2 weeks.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You MUST provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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.

 Minors- First Time Passport

NOTE: For passport purposes, anyone under the age of 16 is considered a minor.   Those 16 years old or over 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:

Form DS-11

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 licenses, or other photo identifications

• Child’s original Birth Certificate

• Proof of U.S. citizenship: Original birth certificate original or certified copy, original Consular Certificate of Report of Birth Abroad original, Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate original.

• Photo Identification: School diplomas, photo ID card, photographs of child clearly in the U.S.

• If the applicant is a minor born in the U.S., please bring family photos of the child in the U.S.

• Age progression photos should be submitted to establish the physical changes during the growth of minor children; these photos should range from the age since 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.  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. 

Appointment request

The passport is going to be ready in 2 weeks.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

• If only one parent is present in Costa Rica, form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent” is required.

Form DS-3053

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

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You MUST provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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.

Minors  - Passport Renewal

All routine services, including passport renewal or replacement, are available by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

We are pleased to offer an online appointment system for your convenience. Please review the information below and then click here to make a passport appointment.

STEP 1: Complete Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport

Complete Form DS-11

 To submit Form DS-11, the minor: 

STEP 2: Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

The minor's evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11. All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you. 

Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (one of the following):

*A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar's signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes. 

STEP 3: Submit Evidence of Relationship

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must submit evidence of their relationship to the minor applicant. 

Evidence of Relationship (one of the following):

  • Minor's certified U.S. birth certificate with both parents' names
  • Minor's certified Foreign Birth Certificate with both parents' names*
  • Minor's Report of Birth Abroad with both parents' names 
  • Adoption Decree with adopting parents' names*
  • Court Order establishing custody 
  • Court Order establishing guardianship 

*All foreign documents submitted with a passport application must be accompanied by an English translation (formal or informal).

STEP 4: Present Identification of Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

Both parent(s)/guardian(s) must present acceptable photo identification. 

Identification (one of the following):

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Current Government Employee ID (city, state or federal)
  • Current Military ID (military and dependents) 

Evidence of a legal name change must be submitted if the name of a parent/guardian has changed since the original documents were issued (e.g. photocopy of a marriage certificate, etc.).

STEP 5: Provide Parental Consent

Both parents must provide consent authorizing passport issuance for a minor under age 16. See the scenarios below, and follow the instructions that best apply to your circumstance: 

Both parents MUST:

  • Appear in person with the minor 
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of the Consular Officer/Associate 

One parent MUST:

  • Appear in person with the minor 
  • Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer/Associate 
  • Submit the second parent’s notarized Statement of Consent (Form DS-3053

One Parent (with sole legal custody) MUST:

  • Appear in person with the minor Sign Form DS-11 in front of a Consular Officer/Associate

Submit primary evidence of sole authority to apply for the child with one of the following: 

  • Minor's certified U.S. or foreign birth certificate listing only the applying parent 
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) listing only the applying parent 
  • Court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child's travel is restricted by that order) 
  • Adoption decree (if applying parent is sole adopting parent) 
  • Court order specifically permitting applying parent's or guardian's travel with the child 
  • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent 
  • Death certificate of non-applying parent 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The written consent from the non-applying parent that accompanies an application for a new passport must be less than 3 months old. New written consent from the non-applying parent must be obtained and submitted with any future passport application for the minor under age 16. 

STEP 6: Provide Two Passport Photos

Submit two, 2x2 inch, color photographs, taken within the last six months. The image size measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (including hair) should not be less than 1 inch, and not more than 1-3/8 inches. The photographs must be in color, clear, with a full front view of the face, and printed on thin paper with plain light (white or off-white) background. The photographs must be taken in normal street attire, without a hat, head covering or dark glasses, unless a signed statement is submitted by the applicant verifying the item is worn daily for religious purposes or a signed doctor’s statement is submitted verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes. Photographs retouched so that the appearance is changed are unacceptable.

Photographs can be taken  at the Embassy’s Consular Section for a small fee. 

STEP 7: Pay the Applicable Fee

Child passport (under 16 years old) $105

Child passport card $40

Payment is due at the time the application is submitted, and is payable by credit or cash, dollars or colones. The fees above include any applicable passport processing, execution and security fees. By law these fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

The passport will be ready in 2 weeks.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You MUST  provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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

Appointment request

 

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:

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 Birth Certificate.

• Photo Identification: School diplomas, photo ID card, photographs of child clearly in the U.S.

• If the applicant is a minor born in the U.S., please bring family photos of the child in the U.S.

• 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.  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. 

Appointment request

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

• If only one parent is present in Costa Rica, form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent” is required.

 Download Form DS-3053 

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

The passport will be ready in 2 weeks.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You MUST  provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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

Additional Pages

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

REQUIRED FORMS:

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. 

Appointment request

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You  MUST provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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.

Name Change, Data Correction and Limited Passport Book Replacement

Conditions:

• 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 FORMS:

Form DS-5504

REQUIREMENTS:

• Valid U.S. passport

• Evidence to support the requested change, such as original marriage certificate, divorce or court order showing the change of name. 

• One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.

There is NO FEE when submitting Form DS-5504

Appointment request 

The passport will be ready in 2 weeks.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

You  MUST  provide your social security number on your passport application.  Applicants who fail to provide a valid social security number are subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS. 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to 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