Passports

URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE

The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest is now able to offer a very limited number of appointments for routine applications for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  All requests must be submitted via email AcsBucharest@state.gov.

Passport processing centers in the United States have resumed operations.  The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest also resumed processing mail-in routine renewal passport applications with appropriate form of payment (U.S. Postal money order, or cashier’s check issued by an American bank.)  Please click here for instructions for mail-in passport applications.

If you need a passport for immediate international travel or for reasons relating to immigration, please email the American Citizen Services unit to request an appointment.  Emergency requests will be given priority. Your email should include the full name of the passport applicant, date of birth, telephone number, email address, the accompanying parents’ names if the application is for a minor, the expiration date of your the most recent passport, and the applicant’s travel date or the reason for requesting the appointment.

U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports.  If you have an immediate need to travel and have a confirmed flight to the United States, please email AcsBucharest@state.gov and request an emergency passport appointment.

 

Social Security Number

Inclusion of a Social Security Number or an Application for a Social Security Number is now required for all passport applications. 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f) requires you to provide your Social Security number, if you have one, when you apply for a U.S. passport or renewal of a U.S. passport.  If you fail to provide the information, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application.  You will also be subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS pursuant to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E). All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.

If you would like to apply for a U.S. passport, and you don’t have a Social Security number, you will need to submit a statement, signed and dated, which 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 are applying for a passport for your a child who does not have a Social Security number yet, you will need to submit a statement, signed and dated, which 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:  (Child’s full name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

If you are outside the United States and need to travel urgently but cannot locate your Social Security number, we may be able to issue you a limited passport for direct return to the United States only. If you are in the United States, the Department of State cannot issue you a passport unless you provide your Social Security number.