Apply for a Passport

You must apply in person using Form DS-11 if at least one of the following is true:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport;
  • You are under age 16;
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16;
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged; or
  • You previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

You may renew your passport in person using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:

  • Is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear’);
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older;
  • Was issued within the last 15 years; and
  • Was issued in your current name.

Please Note: Passports for children under 16 are only valid for 5 years.

How to Apply

  • Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport (for all first-time applicants, all minors, and applicants who are not eligible to use the DS-82)
  • Form DS-82: U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals

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 61.60(f).

52-page passport books will be issued at no additional cost to all passport applicants applying from outside the United States.

There is no walk-in service for U.S. citizens who require a service related to passports, citizenship, or birth registration.  To ensure quality service and brief wait times, please schedule a separate appointment for each person requiring a service.  Standard appointments are available at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, except on U.S. or Bruneian holidays.

Please click here to schedule an appointment.

Please bring to your appointment at least one of the following original documents:

  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:
    • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
    • Lists your full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Lists your parent(s)’ full names
    • Has the date filed with registrar’s office
    • Has the registrar’s signature
    • Has the seal of the issuing authority
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

Both legal parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of a minor’s passport.  The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to go with the minor in person to apply for the passport.

What if both parents/guardians cannot appear in person?

You have sole legal authority You must submit evidence of this with the applications.  Examples include:

  • Complete court order granting you sole legal custody of the child, such as a divorce decree or other custody order
  • Complete court order specifically permitting you to apply for your child’s passport (photocopy is acceptable)
  • Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate listing you as the only parent
  • Certified copy of an adoption decree listing you as the only parent
  • Certified copy of the judicial declaration of incompetence of the parent that cannot appear in person
  • Certified copy of the death certificate of the parent that cannot appear in person
One parent unable to appear If one parent/guardian cannot go with the child to apply for the passport, they can give permission by completing Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent” (PDF 51 KB).  You must submit the completed form with the child’s passport application.  The parent that cannot go with the child must:

  • Sign and date Form DS-3053 in the presence of a certified notary public, and
  • Submit a photocopy of the front and back side of the ID that they present to the notary public with Form DS-3053

Notary service is available at the Embassy, review here for full instructions.

You cannot locate the other parent You must submit Form DS-5525 “Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances” (PDF 42 KB).

  • Please complete the form with as much detail as possible.
  • We may ask for additional information (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to protect against international parental child abduction.
Neither parent able to appear A third party may apply for the child’s passport with a notarized statement from both parents/guardians giving that third party permission to apply for the child.

  • The statement must include a photocopy of the parents/guardians’ identification.
  • When the statement is from only one parent/guardian, the third party must present evidence of sole custody of the consenting parent/guardian.


Please Note: Written authorization from the parent that cannot appear in person must be less than three months old.

  • You must bring a clear photocopy of the passport applicant’s bio page, including the signature page.  For each applicant under the age of 16, you need to bring photocopies of both parents’ passports.
  • You must also bring photocopies of any original documents required to be submitted with the passport application, i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, divorce decree, adoption decree.
  • It is important that the photocopies be clear and match the original documents you are presenting for inspection.  If the copy does not match the original, it will not be accepted and we may charge you US$1.00 for each new copy we must make.
  • If you do not bring your own copies, we can make copies for you.  However, please note that we charge US$1.00 per copy.

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.

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. Effective for applications filed on or after November 1, 2016, eyeglasses may not be worn in a photo for a passport application, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons, e.g. the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant’s eyes. In such a case, a medical statement signed by a medical professional must be provided.

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.

More information on photo requirements at

This Embassy accepts major credit cards for all U.S. citizen services.  We also accept currency from Brunei, Singapore, or the United States.  In response to a local bank policy, we cannot accept USD older than the year 2000, or bills that are ripped or damaged.

Adult First-Time Applicants (Age 16 and Older):

Product Form Fee
Passport Book DS-11 US$135
Passport Card DS-11 US$55
Passport Book & Card DS-11 US$165


Minor Applicants (Age 15 and younger):

Product Form Fee
Passport Book DS-11 US$105
Passport Card DS-11 US$40
Passport Book & Card DS-11 US$120