Passports

There is no walk-in service for United States citizens who require a service related to passports, citizenship or birth registration.  These services are by appointment only. You can make an appointment online using the link available in the appropriate category of service. If you have immediate travel plans and have not been able to set an appointment online before your departure date, please contact the American Citizen Services to request an emergency appointment.

The regular processing time for a new passport is 7 – 10 business days from the time of the application. If you have urgent need of travel and there is insufficient time in which to process a full-validity U.S passport, you may apply for an emergency, limited-validity U.S. passport.  You may also apply for an emergency passport if your application for a full-validity passport is still pending and you have urgent travel within the next 2 business days.

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.