Passport Services

Please note:  There are no walk-in services for United States citizens who require a service related to passports, citizenship or birth registration.  These services are by appointment only.

Many countries have passport validity requirements. Before traveling we recommend you visit the Department of State website  to ensure that your passport is valid for travel to all countries you will visit.


General Information About Passport Applications

 

Passport applications must be made in person at the American Citizen Services unit of the Embassy. If the applicant is a minor, the minor needs to appear with his or her parents as well. Information on third party attendance during the passport application process is available here (PDF 115KB). Limited validity emergency passports may be issued in special circumstances. After you fill out the application online, print it, and bring it with you on the day of your appointment. The forms are available here Please note that expedited passport services are only available when applying from the United States.

Your passport application form should be completed online using the online passport application, printed, and brought with you to your appointment (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner).  Applicants arriving without the passport application, correct passport photos, and their most recent U.S. passport will be asked to reschedule their appointments.

Important instructions for all passport applicants:

Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the application.

 You must provide your Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

  • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a signed statement including 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.”
  • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

New passports and passport cards are printed in the United States and delivered to Abidjan via a courier service. New passports are generally issued in two to three weeks after application and new passport cards six to seven weeks after application. New passports are available for pickup within two or four weeks of your application. You will receive an email from the Embassy when your passport is ready. Please wait for our e-mail notifying you that your passport is ready for pick-up. Please note that the American Citizen Services unit will hold your new passport for up to 90 days. If you are unable to return to the Embassy to pick up your passport, you may authorize a friend or family member to collect it from the Embassy on your behalf. Your paid receipt, current passport, and signed authorization letter written in English must be presented by your friend or family member for your passport to be released. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Ensure your U.S. Passport has sufficient validity to travel.

For renewals, we urge you to plan ahead and to apply at least 6 months prior to your passport’s expiration.  Many countries require a minimum of 6 months’ validity to accept a visitor’s visa.  Airlines will not let you board a flight to these countries without 6 months’ validity on your passport.

Application forms for passports can be accessed here.

Use this form if:

  1. you have never had U.S. passport, or
  2. you are under age 16, or
  3. you are applying for your first U.S. passport over the age of 16, or
  4. your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago, or
  5. your most recent passport was lost or stolen.

Please note that this form MUST be signed in front of a consular officer.

We strongly encourage you to fill out your passport applications online, print them, and bring them to our office. This will greatly reduce the time you have to spend at the Embassy.

Please click here to access the appointment calendar.

Download the application form now!

Please bring the following items to the Embassy to renew your passport:

  1. Your most recent U. S. passport
  2. A clear, high-resolution photocopy of the biodata page of your passport
  3. One recent 2×2 inches (5×5 cm) photo, see photo requirements
  4. If your current passport was valid for 10 years, complete form DS-82. If your present passport was only valid for five years, complete form DS-11 (do not sign)
  5. USD 110 or USD 145 if using form DS-11

Note:

– Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the application.

– You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

  • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a signed statement including 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.”
  • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
  • You must schedule an appointment for this service, as all adult passport holders must appear in person to renew their passport.

We strongly encourage you to fill out your passport application online, print it, and bring it to our office. This will greatly reduce the time you have to spend at the Embassy or Consulate.

To better serve customers, all routine American Citizen Services are by appointment only.

Please click here to access the appointment calendar.

Download the application form now!

Please bring your child and the following items to the Embassy to renew your child’s passport:

  • Evidence of child’s U.S. citizenship. Child’s most recent U.S. passport;
  • Completed U.S. passport application, Form DS-11.  Please do not sign this form, it will be signed in front of a consular officer;
  • Evidence of Parent’s relationship to child. Child’s certified U.S. birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or other evidence of parents’ relationship to child;
  • Acceptable Identification for each Parent.  Please provide a valid, government-issued form of identification for each parent;
  • Photocopies of the required documents are needed;
  • Notarized Parental ConsentForm DS-3053, for each parent not present at the time of application;  If neither parent is present, a notarized statement signed by both parents authorizing a third party to renew the child’s passport must be presented to the Consulate; 
  • Facial development photos. Photographs of the child showing his or her facial development since the last U.S. passport was issued up to the present time;
  • One U.S. passport-sized photo: 2 x 2 inches, with a white or light-colored background;
  •  The application fee for minor U.S. passports is $115.00.  

For children under 16, both parents need to be present and provide unequivocal consent to passport issuance by signing the application form in front of the Consular Officer. If one or both parents are unable to attend the interview, non-appearing parent(s) must submit a notarized letter of consent, in English, or the  DS-3053, which can be notarized at the American Embassy free of charge (click here for DS-3053). Consulates will also accept letters of consent notarized by non-American notaries. Alternatively, the parent applying for the passport must submit proof of sole, legal custody.

Children ages 16-17 need to appear in person with at least one parent to show parental awareness.

The consular officer has the right to request additional information.

Additional Reminders:

– Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the application.

– You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

  • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a signed statement including 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.”
  • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Obtaining a Lost Passport Report In the case of a lost or stolen passport, the loss must be immediately reported to the local police station where the event took place for issuance of a police report.

Applying for A Replacement Passport You must apply in person.  Things to bring to the Embassy when replacing your lost/stolen passport:

    • The above original Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport ;
    • One recent color photo with white background (2 x2 inches);
    • USD 145.00 for adults over the age of 16, USD 115.00 for minors under the age of 16, equivalent FCFA is acceptable;
    • Completed DS-11 and DS-64 forms printed on one-sided pages;
    • Present a proof of U.S. citizenship: One photocopy of the lost passport , if available, U.S. Birth Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization. You should bring the original and a copy of it;
    • Additional photo IDs (e.g. passport card, state ID card, driver’s license, foreign passport);
    • For Children Under 16 Years of Age Only:  Notarized Statement of Parental Consent, Form DS-3053, for each parent not present at the time of application; 
    • For Children Under 16 Years of Age Only:  Facial development photos.  Photographs of the child showing his or her facial development since the last U.S. passport was issued up to the present time;
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship (e.g. original birth certificate, cancelled U.S. passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization).

Note:

– If the applicant is a minor under age of 16, both parents need to appear with the minor.

– Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the application.

– You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

    • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a signed statement including 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.”
    • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

We strongly encourage you to fill out your passport applications online, print them, and bring them to our office. This will greatly reduce the time you have to spend at ACS office. If your name has been legally changed due to marriage or a court order within one year from the date of issuance of the passport, then you will need to bring:

  • Your valid passport;
  • A completed form DS-5504, Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement Form;
  • A certified copy of your marriage certificate or your name change court decree;
  • One recent color photo with white background (2 x 2 inches), and your current valid passport;

Photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable for passport purposes. If your name has been legally changed due to marriage or a court order more than one year form the date of issuance of the passport, then you will need to submit a form DS-82 which is passport renewal for adults and pay USD 110.00 or FCFA equivalent.

If you have discovered a printing error, including spelling errors or incorrect date of birth, in your passport, then you will need to bring:

  • A completed form DS-5504, Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement Form;
  • Your valid passport;
  • One recent color photo with white background (2×2 inches).

Note: Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the form.

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

If you are an American citizen with an after-hours emergency, such as the hospitalization, arrest, or death of an American citizen, please call 22 49 44 50 or 05 61 89 24 within Cote d’Ivoire.

NOTE
:  A lost, stolen, or expired passport can only be replaced during normal business hours, and does not constitute an after-hours emergency.