U.S. Citizen Services

The United States government has no higher responsibility than to serve and protect its citizens, including those who live or are traveling abroad. To this end, the American Citizen Services Unit in Costa Rica provides prompt, courteous, and efficient services to United States Citizens and other clients, consistent with U.S. laws and regulations.

American citizens can apply for U.S. passports, document their foreign-born children who qualify as U.S. citizens, notarize documents for execution in the U.S., inquire about social security and other federal benefits, and request help in an emergency.

Whether you are Residing in Costa Rica or here for a week’s vacation, please enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that we may be better able to assist you in an emergency.

On September 19, 2016, the Department of State published a notice of proposed rule making notifying the public of its intention to change the passport execution fee by $10, from $25 to $35.

The Department of State generally sets consular fees at an amount calculated to achieve recovery of the costs to the U.S. government of providing the consular service. The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs determines the cost of each service through a Cost of Service Model. The most recent update to the Cost of Service Model showed that the costs associated with passport execution were higher than the current fee of $25.

Comments will be accepted until November 18, 2016. Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposed passport execution fee change must submit their comments to the Department directly – not to posts – in one of the following manners:

  • Visit the Regulations.gov website at: http://www.regulations.gov and search for the RIN, 1400-AD81.
  • Mail (paper):  U.S. Department of State, Office of the Comptroller, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/C), SA-17 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20522-1707.
  • E-mail: fees@state.gov. The commenter must include the RIN (1400-AD81) in the subject line of the message.

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