Passport Services

U.S. Embassy Abidjan can perform the following passport services:

  • Issue first time passports
  • Renew expired passports
  • Amend a passport (change of name, change of validity, correction of errors)
  • Replace a lost, stolen, or mutilated passport

Note: Passport forms are available at the Embassy and can also be downloaded from the State Department website (first time passports here, (PDF 100 KB) and passport renewals here (PDF 81.3 KB)).  Do not mail these applications directly to the U.S.  Take them to the Consular Section with supporting documents for processing.


General Information About Passport Applications

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit is open from Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 with the exception of American and Ivorian holidays.

An appointment will be required for Passports services. Walk-ins for these consular services are no longer accepted. To schedule a passport appointment, please click here.

To avoid disrupting travel plans, citizens are urged to apply for passports at least two weeks before any anticipated date of international travel.

Passport applicants should be aware that the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan prints only those passports that are required for emergency travel.   Emergency passports have a limited period of validity.

Applications for full validity passports are reviewed and accepted at the Embassy.  All full validity passports are printed at the National Passport Center in New Hampshire in order to ensure that these documents incorporate the best available security features.  Secure passports help minimize the misuse of U.S. passports by criminals and terrorists.

Full validity passports normally are available for pick up at the Embassy fourteen business days after the consular section accepts and approve the passport application. There is NO courier service for U.S. passport deliveries.

The forms used for passport applications can be obtained in advance from the American Citizen Services unit of the Embassy.  All these forms can be downloaded from the State Department website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/forms_847.html.

The most common of these forms are the DS-11 and DS-82 application forms and the DS-64 statement of loss or theft of a U.S. passport.  DS-5504 must be used to request a new passport reflecting a name change or amending other information on the data page of a current passport.

Each applicant, including children and infants, must submit one recent color photograph that provide a full front view of the applicant’s face against a plain light background.  Glasses and head covers needs to be removed. Head covers are only accepted if submitted with a statement that applicant uses this for religious purposes. The image of the face, measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (including hair), should be not less than one inch and not more than one and three-eighths inch. The cost for photos is not controlled by the Embassy.

Passport fees may be paid either in U.S. dollars or CFA in cash. The fees must be paid at the consular cashier’s window in the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit.  Checks, credit and debit cards are NOT accepted.

Renewal of ten year validity passport for adults over 16 years old

 

Adults wishing to renew passports that were issued within the last 15 years and when the bearer was at least 16 years old must surrender their most recently issued previous passport.  This will be canceled and returned.

Passport application form DS-82 is used to process these applications.  The form can be downloaded from https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/form-finder.html

 

Applicants must provide one recent color photograph that provide a full front view of his or her face against a plain light background (See Photo Requirements.)

In rare circumstances, the interviewing consular officer may request additional evidence of citizenship or identity.

Passports issued to persons 16 years of age or older are valid for ten years.

The fee is USD 110.

 

Renewal application for adults over 16 years old (first time adult)

 

A U.S. citizen who is applying to renew a passport for the first time after reaching the age of 16 years must submit his or her most recently issued U.S. passport. This will be canceled and returned.

Passport application form DS-11 is used to process these applications.  The form can be downloaded from https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/form-finder.html. The applicant will sign this form under oath or affirmation.

All applicants must provide one recent color photograph that provide a full front view of his or her face against a plain light background.

The interviewing consular officer may ask for additional documents or evidence to verify the applicant’s identity.  If the applicant is applying to renew a passport issued when he or she was an infant or young child, family photos that illustrate the applicant’s growth and development since the issuance of the previous passport may be helpful.  All photographs and other identity documentation will be returned to the applicant.

Passports issued to persons 16 years of age or older are valid for ten years.

The fee is USD145 dollars.

 

For comprehensive information and requirements for obtaining a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. Department of State passport site.  Specific information about obtaining a U.S. passport from outside the United States can be found here.

To schedule a passport appointment, please click here.

If the passport applicant is less than 16 years old and it is the first time applying for a U.S. passport, both parents must accompany the child to the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit of the Embassy.

The parents must provide evidence of the child’s identity and U.S. citizenship.  A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate or the original of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen frequently constitutes sufficient evidence of a child’s citizenship.  However, the interviewing consular officer may request additional evidence, particularly if the child has not been issued a U.S. passport previously.  In such circumstances, useful evidence of citizenship or identity may include the pre- and post-natal medical records of the child’s mother, hospital certificates, infant and childhood medical and vaccination records, hospital bills, family pictures illustrating the child’s growth and development, and school transcripts, diplomas or certificates, preferably with pictures attached.

The parents of a child who has been issued a previous U.S. passport must bring their child’s most recent passport, unless it has been lost or stolen.

Passport application Form DS-11 is used to process these applications.
The form can be downloaded from the Department of State passport forms page.

The parents also must provide one recent color photograph of the child.

If only one parent is living with the child applicant in Cote d’Ivoire, that parent must provide the Embassy with the written, signed and notarized statement of the absent parent granting consent for the accompanying parent to apply for a renewed or replacement passport for the child.  This statement must be in English.

If one parent is deceased, the surviving parent must present a certified copy of the deceased parent’s death certificate along with the other required documentation.

If one parent has sole legal custody of the child, the parent must provide a copy of the court decree granting sole custody.

If the parents are divorced but have joint or shared legal custody of the child, both parents must accompany the child to the Embassy or the applying parent must provide a written, signed and notarized statement from the absent parent granting consent for the accompanying parent to apply for passport for the child.  This statement must be in English.

If the child was born out of wedlock, and the father is not listed on the child’s birth certificate, and the parents never married, the child’s mother must provide a written and signed statement that she never married the father of her child and that no legal determination of custody has been made.  The Embassy provides Form DS-3053 on which the mother can make this statement under oath or affirmation.

In circumstances where only one parent has physical custody of the child and has lost contact totally with the absent parent, the applying parent must submit a statement to this effect under oath or affirmation.  The Embassy provides Form DS-3053 on which this statement can be made.

When the child is living in Cote d’Ivoire with a guardian other than a parent, and both parents are living outside the country, both parents must execute a signed and notarized power of attorney granting the guardian authorization to apply for a passport for the child.  This power of attorney must be written and notarized in English.  The guardian must present the original of this document when applying for the child’s passport.

Frequently as a child grows older it no longer resembles its photograph in a previous passport.  This is particularly true when the previous passport was issued when the child was an infant.  In circumstances such as this, the parents should bring as many photos of the child as possible to illustrate its physical development over the years since the issuance of the previous passport.  All photos will be returned to the parents.

The interviewing consular officer may ask for additional documents or evidence to verify the child’s identity.

Passports issued to all children less than 16 years of age are valid for five years.

The fee for a passport for a child under 16 years of age is currently USD115.

An online appointment system is available for most passport services requiring a personal appearance.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY BEFORE GOING TO OUR ONLINE APPOINTMENT PAGE

Important General Information: 

When you enter your appointment information please remember:
“Surname” means “Last Name”
and
“Given Name” means “First Name”

Passport forms and instructions:  Please read all the instructions and complete all forms (do not sign them) for the service you have requested.  Failure to submit a complete and correct application will delay your case.

When you schedule your appointment, print the appointment details webpage and keep the password for use in case of cancellation or modification of your date.

Selective Service Registration: American citizen males between the ages of 18-25 are required by law to register for Selective Service.  Please bring your passport and Social Security Number with you when you come to the Consular Section to register.

Appointments for Children

If you have more than one child to schedule, please do the best you can to schedule them together.  (The website calendar shows you how many vacancies there are for each appointment time, so try to avoid starting with a time that does not have enough vacancies to accommodate you.) Each child must have an individual appointment. If you must schedule your children at on separate days, please help the embassy determine your first choice (second choice, third choice) by listing your children in alphabetical order by first name, with the first child taking the day you would most prefer.

For further information you may refer to the U.S. Department of State website page on passport applications for U.S. citizens. Please remember that some procedures for passport applications abroad may vary according to the country in which the passport application is made.

When traveling, please remember to carry a photocopy of your passport separately from your passport. In the event of loss or theft, the copy will facilitate issuance of an emergency passport.

Your photo is a vital part of your passport application. To learn more, review the information below on how to provide a suitable photo to avoid passport processing delays. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. passport agency.We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements. Note: Photos must be 2 x 2 inches in size with a background that is uniform, plain and white, and free of shadows.

If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your passport photo must be:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
  1. Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
  2. Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  3. Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  4. If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
  5. Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
  6. Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

Review the Photo Examples to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.

For a List of Photographers, please click here.

Current passport fees for the U.S. Passport Book, the U.S. Passport Card, and other passport services can be found here