Passports

Passport application forms are available at the Consular Section’s American Citizen Services Unit, or may be downloaded from the internet at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.

Except in emergencies, all U.S. passports must be printed at facilities in the U.S.  Processing time takes approximately two weeks. U.S. Passports can no longer be amended.  For name changes and other forms of amendments, please apply for a new passport.

While a Consular Section employee will be available to assist American Citizens with most Passport-related services at any time during normal working hours, US Citizens can ensure more efficient service and shorter wait times if they schedule appointments in advance. In order to make certain you bring the required documents with you to the Embassy, please contact the Consular Section in advance of your visit and we will provide you with a checklist. To schedule an appointment, please click here.

To determine which form and documents to present, please click on the appropriate link below:

Department of State directives determine the manner in which names are entered in United States passports. The following information covers the majority of cases that arise. If a particular case does not fall within these guidelines, the Embassy/Consulate will consult with the Department of State.

Note: If applying for a passport and change of name for a child under the age of fourteen, please contact the Embassy.

    1. Adoption of Spouse’s Surname: An applicant who assumes his/her spouse’s surname upon marriage, may have his/her passport written in that name, upon presentation of an original marriage certificate. If, for any reason, this document is not available, the applicant must appear personally at this office to execute his/her application and provide acceptable identification showing exclusive use of the married name. The applicant will be asked to make a statement as to the reasons why the certificate cannot be presented.
    2. Hyphenated Surname through Marriage: A person may have a hyphenated surname placed in a passport, providing the original marriage certificate, or acceptable identification in the hyphenated name, is produced. The surname joined by the hyphen may be written in the order in which the applicant uses them.
    3. Married/Divorced/Widowed Applicants Using Maiden Name or Previous Married Surname: A married, divorced, or widowed applicant who uses a maiden or previous married surname exclusively may have the passport written in that surname provided he/she submits three pieces of acceptable identification. If using a previous married surname, the applicant will be required to complete a statement, which includes the spouse’s name, date and place of birth, date of marriage, and reason for termination (i.e. divorce, death). You will also be required to furnish the divorce or death certificate. The applicant will need to produce evidence of claim to the former name i.e. marriage certificate or, in the case of maiden name, a birth certificate or expired U.S. passport in that name. An applicant whose maiden or previous surname is restored after a divorce may present the divorce decree or court order so specifying (original or certified copy)
    4. Maiden or Previous Married Surname as “known as” entry: A woman may have her maiden or previous married surname included in her passport as a “known as” name. She must submit a sworn statement confirming use of her former name, plus documentary evidence of her claim to that name such as a previous passport, a birth certificate, or a previous marriage certificate.
    5.  “Known As” Professional or Religious Name: An applicant who has assumed a name for professional or religious reasons, while retaining the use of the legal name, may have the professional or religious name included in the passport as a “known as” name. Both the legal name and the professional or religious name must be shown on the application. The applicant must present acceptable identification in the “known as” name together with public documents as described below. A sworn statement confirming the use of the “known as” name will also be required.
    6. Use of Stepfather’s Surname by Minor: A minor who has been using the surname of his/her stepfather may have this name reflected on the passport providing documentary evidence as described below establishing the minor’s exclusive use of that surname for at least five years is provided. Also required is the written consent of both natural parents. Written consent may be in the form of the natural parents’ notarized affidavit of consent, execution of the minor’s passport application, or signature on the minor’s passport application to identify the child. If the child has used the name for less than five years the name may be written as a “known as” name providing documentary evidence is submitted (see paragraph 5).
    7. Use of Guardian’s Surname: When the whereabouts of the natural parents are unknown or the natural parents are deceased, and the child has assumed the guardian’s surname, the passport may be written in that surname. In all cases the guardian must provide evidence of legal guardianship (such as the original or certified copy of a court order) and documentary evidence as described on page on showing the exclusive use of the guardian’s surname for at least five years. If the whereabouts of the parents are unknown the guardian must also provide a notarized affidavit regarding the whereabouts of the natural parents and the child’s assumption of the guardian’s surname. In the case of the death of the natural parent(s) the death certificate(s) must also be provided.
    8. Assumption of Parent’s Birth Surname Following Divorce: If a minor has assumed the birth surname of a parent following divorce, a passport for that minor may not be written solely in that surname unless the following documents are submitted:
      • The original divorce decree;
      • The written consent (minor’s application executed by parent, parent’s signature on application to identify minor, or parent’s notarized affidavit) of both natural parents to the name change; or
      • Two or three public documents showing exclusive use of the assumed name for at least five years, and an affidavit from the parent as to the child’s use of the parent’s birth surname. If the assumed name has been used for less than five years, it may be included as a “known as” name if documentary evidence as outlined in paragraph five is provided.
    9. Complete Change of Name through Usage: An applicant requesting the issuance of, or amendment to, a passport showing an assumed name, where the name has not been legally changed by Court Order, may have a passport written in the assumed name providing s/he has been known exclusively by this name for at least five years. The applicant must present acceptable identification in the assumed name together with public documents as described below showing the use of the assumed name for at least five years.
      In addition, the applicant must be able to submit “Statement of Witness in Support of Change of Name” executed by two or more persons who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s use of both names, and who can attest to the applicant’s exclusive use of the assumed name for at least five years. These statements may be executed by relatives, close friends, or business associates. Witnesses will need to accompany the applicant to this office in order that their statements may be prepared and sworn to before a Consular Officer.
      The witnesses will need to produce some form of legal (photo) identification, preferably their own passports. Affidavits will be executed free of charge. The applicant will also be required to execute his/her own sworn statement confirming the usage of the assumed name.
    10. Complete change of name by Court order/adoption/statutory declaration: An applicant who has had his/her name legally changed by U.S. Court Order, and who submits the original or certified copy of the order or decree, may have a passport issued in the new name as reflected in the order or decree. Uncertified copies are not acceptable.
      A child who has been legally adopted and has a court order showing a change of name may have a passport issued in the new name provided the original court order shows the previous and present names. An applicant who has had his/her name changed by Statutory Declaration may have a passport issued in that name providing acceptable identification showing usage of the new name is submitted with the original declaration. A minor (under the age of 18) must have the statutory declaration signed by both parents. If parents are separate or divorced, please see paragraph 6, 7 or 8.

Note: There are varying forms for name changes. However, the only acceptable document for a passport name change is a statutory declaration, which has been executed in accordance with the statutory declarations act, 1835. This document must be signed by the applicant in the presence of a Solicitor administering the oath; the document will be sealed by that official.

The declaration should be signed thus: “Janet Doe formerly Janet Smith”.

What documents are required?

All applications for a change of name (except a change of name by marriage where the marriage certificate is available) must be accompanied by at least three pieces of acceptable identification:

      1. School Record
      2. Employment Records
      3. Tax Records
      4. Military Records
      5. Medicare Card
      6. Driving License
      7. Bank Books
      8. Federal/State Or Local Govt. Card
      9. Deeds to Property
      10. Insurance Records

I wish to apply for a new passport: If you wish to renew your passport to reflect your new name, it will be necessary for you to present the following documentation:

      • Your most recently issued passport. Note: If your most recent passport was limited, please contact the Embassy. If you and your child have different last names it will be necessary for you to submit documentation that will link you to the child, i.e. child’s birth certificate, parents’ divorce decree and/or subsequent marriage certificate.
      • A completed form DS-11. Children aged 14 or over must sign their own form.
      • Passport Photographs: Click here for info

Method of Application

Applying in person: All forms of name changes must be executed personally at the Embassy. No appointment is necessary. The Consular Section is open to accept applications from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 am, on Fridays.

For children under age 16, both parents and the child must personally appear at the Consular Section and present all of the following required items.  The Consular Section cannot accept incomplete applications.

  • Completed, but not signed, Form DS-11. Please do not sign until instructed to do so by a consular officer.  If the applicant has a social security number, it MUST be included in the application in order for the application to be considered complete.
  • Two full-face 2 inch by 2 inch identical color photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background.
  • Evidence of the child’s relationship to the parents/guardians, such as an original birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.  Previous U.S. passports are not acceptable as proof of relationship to the applying parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Proof of identity for both parents.
  • Proof of the child’s citizenship, such as a previous U.S. passport or original U.S. birth certificate.
  • Proof of the child’s identity, such as a photo i.d. If the child’s appearance has changed significantly since the last passport was issued, or if the previous passport expired more than 6 months before your application, please bring photographs of the child to assist in confirming identity.  We strongly encourage you to bring at least one photo from each year since the previous passport was issued, especially if it was issued when the child was under two years of age.
  • Cash fee of $85 ($60 application security surcharge, $25 execution fee).

One Parent Applying

If only one parent can appear, she or he must submit one of the following items:

  • The second parent’s original notarized statement of consent authorizing passport issuance for the child (this can be either an original notarized Form DS-3053 or an original notarized written statement with the same information on a sheet of paper from the non-appearing parent); Or
  • Primary evidence of sole authority to apply such as one of the following:
    • A birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad that lists only applying parent; or
    • Court order granting sole legal custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order); or
    • Adoption decree listing the applying parent as the sole adopting parent; or
    • Court order specifically permitting applying parent’s or guardian’s travel with the child; or
    • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent; or
    • Death certificate of non-applying parent.

Third-Party Applying

If a third-party is applying on behalf of a minor under the age of 14, she or he must submit an original notarized written statement or original affidavit from both parents authorizing the third-party to apply for a passport.  When the statement or affidavit is from only one parent, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent.

Payment Information

The Consular Section can only accept cash fees in U.S. Dollars.  We regret that we cannot accept checks or credit cards.

If you are replacing a 10-year validity passport that was issued within the last 15 years and you are able to present this passport, you can apply for a new passport using Form DS-82.  You do not need to appear personally and can send the completed form and original passport to the U.S. Embassy with someone you trust.  Please do not send the application and passport by mail.  All of the following required items must be presented.  The Consular Section cannot accept incomplete applications.

  • Completed and signed DS-82. If the applicant has a social security number, it MUST be included in the application in order for the application to be considered complete.
  • Two full-face 2 inch by 2 inch identical color photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background.
  • Original U.S. passport.
  • Cash fee of $75.

If you are applying for your first adult passport, replacing a mutilated passport, or are not able to present a 10 year validity passport that was issued within the last 15 years, you must appear in person to apply for a new U.S. passport and present the following required items.  The Consular Section cannot accept incomplete applications.

  • Completed, but not signed, Form DS-11.
  • Two full-face 2 inch by 2 inch identical color photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background.  Photo Shops inDakar.
  • Proof of citizenship, such as a previous U.S. passport or original U.S.birth certificate.
  • Proof of identity, such as a photo identification card.
  • Cash fee of $100 ($75 issuance fee, $25 execution fee).

Payment Information

The Consular Section can only accept cash fees in U.S. Dollars.  We regret that we cannot accept checks or credit cards.

If your passport was lost or stolen, you must appear in person to apply for a new U.S. passport and present the following required items.  The Consular Section cannot accept incomplete applications.

  • Completed, but not signed, Form DS-11.
  • Complete and signed Form DS-64 (Statement Regarding a Lost of Stolen Passport)
  • A police report if the passport was stolen.
  • Two full-face 2 inch by 2 inch identical color photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background.
  • Proof of citizenship such as an original U.S. birth certificate.  If you cannot obtain proof of citizenship, the Consular Section can access previous passport applications to verify your citizenship.
  • Proof of identity, such as a photo identification card.
  • Cash fee of $100 ($75 application fee, $25 execution fee).

To prevent identity theft, please report any lost or stolen passports as quickly as possible.  If you find a passport that was reported lost or stolen, it is invalid and cannot be used for travel.

Please note that embassies and consulates abroad will discontinue issuing extra visa pages in U.S. passports on January 1, 2016.  The last day to add pages to your existing passport is December 31, 2015.    United States citizens who run out of visa pages after January 1, 2016 will be required to apply for a new passport.

If you would like to insert new passport pages in your passport, please complete and sign Form DS-4085 and submit it to the Consular Section with your passport.  Normally, this service takes approximately one hour.  However, you may also choose to return the next working day to pick up your passport. You may add extra pages twice to a passport.

Amendments

Consular Sections can no longer amend U.S. passports.  The State Department will issue you a new passport at no additional fee if your last passport was issued less than one year ago, and you would like to apply for a new passport due to one of the following reasons:

  • You have had a legal name change
  • You would like to extend the validity of a limited passport
  • Your previous passport has a printing error

To apply for a replacement passport, you must appear in person and submit the following items:

  • Completed and signed Form DS-5504.
  • Previous passport;
  • Two full-face 2 inch by 2 inch identical color photographs taken within the last six months with a white or light background.
  • The documentation required for the change (see page 2 of the Form DS-5504)

If your previous passport was issued more than one year ago, you must apply for a new passport through the normal process.