Passports

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. passport agencies have suspended processing and shipping overseas regular passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) until further notice. We will accept and transmit passports when normal operations resume. However, because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has limited passport operations.

U.S. Embassy Bucharest’s highest priority remains supporting U.S. citizens in Romania. If a U.S. citizen needs a passport to travel before normal operations resume, please call and make an appointment or send an email to ACSBucharest@state.gov to apply for an emergency passport for an adult or a minor. If you have not yet received your CRBA due to this delay in processing and have immediate travel plans, please contact us to discuss the possibility of an emergency passport.

Please consider waiting to apply for citizenship services until we resume normal operations. If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents.

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.