Passports

IMPORTANT: If you are eligible to renew your passport by mail, please utilize this option to avoid visiting the embassy.  We will not grant in-person appointments to applicants who are eligible to renew by mail and have the time to do so. 

 Passport Renewal by Mail:  If you are renewing an adult 10-year passport (DS-82 application) you do not need to come into the Embassy for an appointment. With Pay.Gov, you may pay for your passport renewal online, and you can expect to receive your new passport within four weeks. Renewing your passport by mail is easier for you and it avoids COVID risks for everyone!  Follow the steps below under Adult – Passport Renewal by Mail or at https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/online-fee-payment/ to renew by mail and pay online.

For those U.S. citizens renewing an adult passport by mail, applicants send and receive the documents through Correos de Costa Rica. Applicants DO NOT come to the Embassy for this service. If you have an existing in-person appointment for an adult passport renewal (DS-82) and it is not an emergency, please cancel the appointment and use the renewal by mail option.

Click on the pertinent section below and read all the information completely. You may then schedule an appointment (if required) using the link at the bottom of each section.

Please ensure you make an appointment for the correct service.  Applicants requesting services utilizing the wrong appointment type may be turned away.  Please contact us at ACSSanJose@state.gov if you have questions.

 Passport fees as of December 27, 2021, are the following:

  • Adult passport renewal $130
  • Minor’s passport renewal $135 (for minors under the age of 16)
  • First adult passport $165
  • Replacement of lost/stolen/mutilated adult passport $165
  • Replacement of lost/stolen/mutilated minor’s passport $135 (for minors under the age of 16)


PLEASE READ – Important information about prohibited items and entry to the Embassy

This list is not exhaustive and other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.
• Cellular phones
• Bags, luggage, backpacks, purses
• Any type of electronic devices (including laptops, cellphones, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, cameras, memory sticks, CDs, smart watches, etc.)
• Weapons of any kind, explosive materials, tools of any size
• Drinks, food
• Strollers

The U.S. Embassy does not have a storage facility for any other items. We strongly recommend all visitors to the Embassy make alternate arrangements for storage of any of the above personal effects before arrival.

• Please note the U.S. Embassy is not currently offering onsite services for obtaining passport and visa photos. Customers needing photographs for passport or visa applications need to obtain them from vendors outside the Embassy.

Failure to abide by security requirements can result in significant delays or even a missed appointment. Please ensure you have a hard copy of your appointment confirmation alongside any supporting documentation required for your appointment.
Due to security and space limitations, there is no information window for routine walk-in visitors at the Embassy. Only clients with scheduled appointments will be admitted. U.S. citizens with emergencies are admitted on a case-by-case basis — advance notice to ACSSanJose@state.gov is appreciated.

The Embassy does not provide applicant parking. Vehicles that drop applicants at the Embassy for their appointments must quickly depart. No other vehicle stopping, standing, idling, waiting, or holding is allowed.


How to apply for a U.S. Passport

Note:
For passport purposes, anyone age 16 or over is considered an adult.

The fee when applying for a first time adult passport is $165.

Required Form:

  • We encourage applicants to fill out their forms online at  https://pptform.state.gov/. Once the form is completed, please print and bring with you to your appointment.
  • DS-11 (Pdf -104Kb)
  • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

Requirements:

  • Please bring original documents as well as clear copies of all supporting documents, including photo ID’s, birth certificates and passports.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship: Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate, original Consular Report of Birth Abroad, original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.  If you are over 16 years old and were issued a U.S. passport during your childhood, you may submit it as proof of U.S. citizenship.  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.
  • Photo Identification: Driver’s License or Photo ID card.
  • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.
    Please note the U.S. Embassy is not currently offering onsite services for obtaining passport and visa photos.  Customers needing photographs for passport or visa applications need to obtain them from vendors outside the Embassy.
  • $165.00 U.S. Dollars. Non-refundable
  • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, International credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned, and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

Passport Pickup

Passports are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

Passports are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: Your passport must be expired or cancelled by Embassy staff in order to use this service. If the passport is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days.

To save time and process your passport application in the most efficient and timely manner possible, we request applicants who meet the requirements for an Adult Passport Renewal using form DS-82 to renew by mail using Correos de Costa Rica https://correos.go.cr/ . Your valid passport remains on file at the Consular Section and can be retrieved in person in the event of an actual emergency requiring travel. 

Please renew your passport by mail if you meet all the following requirements:

  • Your previous U.S. passport book/card is in your possession.
  • You were at least 16 years old when your most recent U.S. passport book/card was issued.
  • Your most recent U.S. passport book/card was issued less than 15 years ago.
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued under your current legal name.

NOTE: Previously lost/stolen/mutilated passports DO NOT meet criteria for the renewal by mail service and require scheduling an in-person appointment on the U.S. Embassy website at https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/ 

The renewal by mail steps are as follows:

  1. Applicants pay passport fee online through Pay.gov https://pay.gov/public/form/start/607957567 You may pay using a U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S. based bank account, Amazon Pay, or PayPal. You must print the electronic payment confirmation you receive via e-mail after successfully paying the fee and include it in the package you send to the embassy.
  2. Applicants submit required documents listed below to any Correos de Costa Rica post office around the country.
  3. Documents are sent to the U.S. Embassy in a sealed envelope provided by Correos de Costa Rica.
  4. The U.S. Embassy processes the applications upon receipt of the documents. (An incorrect or missing fee payment will result in no processing.)
  5. The Embassy or Correos de Costa Rica typically will not communicate with the applicant regarding the status of the package containing the passport. Therefore, please bear in mind that the process takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks from receiving your passport application at the Embassy to delivery back to Correos de Costa Rica.

Documents to include:

  • DS-82 Passport application form filled out online and printed (it should have a barcode
    on the left side). Go to: https://pptform.state.gov/.  Make sure to SIGN and DATE the application in black ink. Please be informed that signature in application should be the same as in the previous passport. A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IS REQUIRED to process the passport application. If you have never had or applied for a social security number, you will be required to include a declaration under penalty of perjury that you were never issued a social security number. This declaration does not need to be notarized. When filling out the application form, please include 0s if you do not have a Social Security Number.
  • Current passport. If your current passport is unavailable, please read instructions for replacement of a lost, stolen, or damaged passport for adults. If your current passport was issued more than 15 years ago or when you were younger than 16 years old you need to schedule an appointment and proceed as if it was a “first adult passport.”
  • One (1) color passport photo, 2″ x 2″ on a white background and no eyeglasses. Please check photo requirements.
  • Payment: Include online payment confirmation from Pay.gov.  Payment fee is $130.00 U.S. dollars for a passport book. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not include any additional fees, such as the expedite service fee since we do not provide this service at the Embassy. 

Please take note of the following:

  • Correos de Costa Rica personnel will not review your documents to verify if they are correct/complete. They will ONLY make sure that you do not include cash in the envelope.
  • Please do not seal the envelope until it is ready to be shipped.
  • Correos de Costa Rica agency will accept ONLY one application payment confirmation per envelope.
  • When receiving the envelope at the U.S. Embassy, our staff will review your documents.
  • If payment is not correct or cannot be confirmed in Pay.gov, you will receive an email with an “Information Request Letter” indicating it has not been confirmed in Pay.gov. Once you correct the payment online at Pay.gov and print the confirmation, you will send a copy to ACSSanJose@state.gov to process the passport application.
  • If documents are incorrect or incomplete, you will receive an email with an “Information Request Letter” indicating what needs to be provided.
  • It takes 5 business days for Correos de Costa Rica to deliver the shipments from/to the Embassy. The Embassy will take 15 business days to process and send your new passport to Correos de Costa Rica.

Passport applications are sent to the United States for printing. Your process will be delayed significantly if you are missing any of the requested documents. Plan at least 4 to 6 weeks to get your new passport using this renewal process.

Note:  If you reported the theft of your belongings to the local police please bring a copy of the police report.

  • Non-Emergency Travel: please fill out Form DS-64 and refer to the instructions for first-time adult passports. Processing time is approximately 2 weeks.
  • Emergency Travel: please call 2519-2000 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday (except U.S. and local holidays). You must explain the nature of your emergency to a Consular Officer.

Required forms:

  • We encourage applicants to fill out their forms online at  https://pptform.state.gov/. Once the form is completed, please print and bring with you to your appointment.
  • DS-11 (Pdf -104KB)
  • DS-64 (Pdf – 52Kb)

Please print and fill out both forms before your appointment.  If you cannot print the forms, they are available at the Embassy.

Requirements:

  • Please bring original documents as well as clear copies of all supporting documents, including photo IDs, birth certificates and passports (if you have it).
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (if you have it): Original or copy of Birth Certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.
  • Photo Identification (if you have it): Driver’s License or photo ID card original or photocopy.
  • $165.00 U.S. Dollars.  Non-refundable
  • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photographs that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.  Please note the U.S. Embassy is not currently offering onsite services for obtaining passport and visa photos.  Customers needing photographs for passport or visa applications need to obtain them from vendors outside the Embassy.
  • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned, and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

Passport Pickup

Passports are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

Passports are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: Your passport must be expired or cancelled by Embassy staff in order to use this service. If the passport is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days.

Definitions:

Damaged Passport:  Ordinary wear or tear, carelessness, or accidental.

Mutilated Passport:  Intentional alteration of the document.

Required forms:

  • We encourage applicants to fill out their forms online at  https://pptform.state.gov/. Once the form is completed, please print and bring with you to your appointment.
  • DS-82 (Pdf – 91Kb) – If all the biographical data and photo are NOT damaged.
  • DS-11 (Pdf – 104Kb) – If the passport was mutilated or if the biographical data and/or photo ARE damaged.
  • Please print and fill out the appropriate form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the forms, they are available at the Embassy.

Documentation Needed:

  • Please bring original documents as well as clear copies of all supporting documents, including photo ID’s, birth certificates and passports.
  • Signed Statement: The statement must satisfactorily explain the circumstances regarding the damage of the passport book.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship: Passport (if readable), Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate, original Consular Report of Birth Abroad, original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.
  • Photo Identification: Driver’s License or Photo ID card.
  • 165.00 U.S. Dollars non-refundable
  • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted. Please note the U.S. Embassy is not currently offering onsite services for obtaining passport and visa photos.  Customers needing photographs for passport or visa applications need to obtain them from vendors outside the Embassy.
  • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned, and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

Passport Pickup

Passports are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

Passports are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: Your passport must be expired or cancelled by Embassy staff in order to use this service. If the passport is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days.

  • To change your name in your valid U.S. passport (if your current passport was issued less than a year ago).
  • To correct a printing error in your valid U.S. passport
  • To replace a limited validity passport, if your passport was issued less than a year ago.

Required form:

  • We encourage applicants to fill out their forms online at  https://pptform.state.gov/. Once the form is completed, please print and bring with you to your appointment.
  • DS-5504 (Pdf – 91Kb)
  • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

Requirements:

  • Please bring original documents as well as clear copies of all supporting documents, including photo ID’s, birth certificates and passports.
  • Valid US passport
  • One (1) recent photograph, in color size 2″x2″, with a white background and full front view. Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.
  • For a data correction: birth certificate or original documents showing your full name.
  • For a name change: Evidence to support the request change, such as original marriage certificate, divorce or court order showing the change of name.
  • There is no FEE when submitting form DS-5504.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

Passport Pickup

Passports are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

Passports are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: Your passport must be expired or cancelled by Embassy staff in order to use this service. If the passport is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days.


Minors

Passport/CRBA Pickup

Passports/CRBAs are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

These documents are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: If the passport/CRBA is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport/CRBA delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport/CRBA is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports/CRBAs not picked up after 30 days.

Note: For passport purposes, anyone under the age of 16 is considered a minor.  Those over 16 years old must follow the instructions for adult passports.  If this will be your first passport after turning 16, please see the instructions for first time adult passports.

Required form:

  • We encourage applicants to fill out their forms online at  https://pptform.state.gov/. Once the form is completed, please print and bring with you to your appointment.
  • DS-11 (Pdf – 104Kb)
  • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

Documentation needed:

  • Please bring original documents as well as clear copies of all supporting documents, including photo ID’s, birth certificates and passports.
  • Both parents (or the child’s legal guardian(s)), as well as the child, must be present.
  • Evidence of both parents’ identities: passports, driver’s license, or other photo identification
  • Child’s original U.S. Birth Certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.
  • Previous U.S. passport
  • Printed age progression photos should be submitted to establish the physical changes during the growth of minor children.
    • Photos must cover the period of time between the last U.S. Passport and the current application.
    • Photos should create a visual record that clearly demonstrates the applicant is the same as the person in the previous passport.
    • Photos should be submitted in chronological order from youngest to most current, with the year clearly marked.  If on a photo the child is with other children please indicate with an arrow who the applicant is among them.

NOTE:  Failure to submit progression photos could result in the delay of the minor’s passport application processing.

  • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted. Please note the U.S. Embassy is not currently offering onsite services for obtaining passport and visa photos.  Customers needing photographs for passport or visa applications need to obtain them from vendors outside the Embassy.
  • 135.00 U.S. Dollars non-refundable
  • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.  Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted.

Special circumstances:

  • If only one parent is able to come to the appointment, the “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent,” form DS-3053 (Pdf – 53Kb), is required. If neither parent is present in Costa Rica, a notarized written authorization in English from both parents is required.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned, and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

Passport Pickup

Passports are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

Passports are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: Your passport must be expired or cancelled by Embassy staff in order to use this service. If the passport is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days.

Note: For passport purposes, anyone under the age of 16 is considered a minor.  Those over 16 must follow the instructions for adult passports.  If this will be your first passport after turning 16, please see the instructions for first time adult passports.

If you reported the theft of your belongings to the local police please bring a copy of the police report.

Required forms:

  • We encourage applicants to fill out their forms online at  https://pptform.state.gov/. Once the form is completed, please print and bring with you to your appointment.
  • DS-11 (Pdf – 104Kb))
  • DS-64 (Pdf – 52Kb)
  • Please print and fill out both forms before your appointment.  If you cannot print the forms, they are available at the Embassy.

Requirements:

  • Please bring original documents as well as clear copies of all supporting documents, including photo ID’s, birth certificates and passports.
  • Both parents (or the child’s legal guardian(s)), as well as the child, must be present.
  • Evidence of both parents’ identities: passports, driver’s license, or other photo identification.
  • Child’s original U.S. Birth Certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  If you lost your original Birth Certificate, contact your vital records office.  If you lost your CRBA, follow these instructions on travel.state.gov.  The Embassy cannot replace these documents.
  • Other Photo Identification (i.e. photo ID card, other expired passport, Costa Rican ID, etc.)
  • Age progression photos should be submitted to establish the physical changes during the growth of minor children; these photos should range from the age in which their last passport was issued to their current age.
  • One (1) recent photograph, in color, size 2” x 2”, with a white background and full front view.  Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.   Please note the U.S. Embassy is not currently offering onsite services for obtaining passport and visa photos.  Customers needing photographs for passport or visa applications need to obtain them from vendors outside the Embassy.
  • $135.00 U.S. Dollars.  Non-refundable
  • Form of payment:  You can pay at the Consulate, in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in colones.   Also, international credit cards are accepted (Visa, Master Card, American Express).  Personal checks are not accepted.

Special circumstances:

  • If only one parent is present in Costa Rica, the “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent,” form DS-3053 (PDF 51.5 KB), is required.  Any parent who is in Costa Rica must come to the Embassy to sign the passport application in person.
  • If neither parent is present in Costa Rica, notarized consent from both parents is required.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: The Consular Officer may require documentation in addition to the items listed above. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned, and the applicant will have to begin the process again.

Passport Pickup

Passports are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

Passports are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: Your passport must be expired or cancelled by Embassy staff in order to use this service. If the passport is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days.

  • To change your name in your valid U.S. passport (if your current passport was issued less than a year ago).
  • To correct a printing error in your valid U.S. passport
  • To replace a limited validity passport, if your passport was issued less than a year ago.

Required form:

  • We encourage applicants to fill out their forms online at  https://pptform.state.gov/. Once the form is completed, please print and bring with you to your appointment.
  • DS-5504 (Pdf – 91Kb)
  • Please print and fill out the form before your appointment.  If you cannot print the form, it is available at the Embassy.

Requirements:

  • Please bring original documents as well as clear copies of all supporting documents, including photo ID’s, birth certificates and passports.
  • Valid US passport
  • One (1) recent photograph, in color size 2″x2″, with a white background and full front view. Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.
  • For a data correction: birth certificate or original documents showing your full name.
  • For a name change: Evidence to support the request change, such as original marriage certificate, divorce or court order showing the change of name.
  • There is no FEE when submitting form DS-5504.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

Passport Pickup

Passports are typically ready in 2-3 weeks.

Passports are available for pick up Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday from 1p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Consular Section is closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month and regular holidays and weekends.

Correos de Costa Rica Passport Delivery

Note: Your passport must be expired or cancelled by Embassy staff in order to use this service. If the passport is for a minor, you must request an authorization letter at your appointment. Passport delivery can take an extra two weeks after the passport is received.

STEP 1: Go to the Correos de Costa Rica Post Office where you would like to receive your passport.

STEP 2: Pay the $7 fee + tax for shipment of US passport.

STEP 3: Make sure the receipt has the passport applicant’s name. Also include the current phone number and email address.

STEP 4: Email a copy/picture (PDF) of the receipt to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov or bring it to your passport appointment.

Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days.