Passports

Click on the pertinent section below and read all of the information completely.  You’ll may then schedule an appointment 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.

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.

The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  The $10 fee increase does not apply to adults eligible to renew their passport by mail using the DS-82 form.

Customers applying with the DS-11 form pay two separate fees: an application fee to the U.S. Department of State and the execution fee to the passport acceptance facility.

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 latest Cost of Service Model showed that the costs associated with passport execution were higher than the current fee of $25.

The fee change was published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and public comments were accepted until November 18, 2016, 60 days after the Notice’s publication. The Final Rule, implementing the change, includes the Department’s response to relevant comments received.

Note: Please make sure you make the appointment for the correct service. If the incorrect service is chosen, applicants will be turned back to reschedule an appointment. 


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 $145.

Required Form:

  • 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:

• 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.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.
  • $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.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

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 passback with correos de Costa Rica 

For courier return service, click below link & fill in the online form. The information submitted must match the identity of the applicant.
Correos de Costa Rica
Please include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica once your passport or CRBA is ready. If the payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Save your invoice in PDF format and forward it to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov to ensure we flag your passport or CRBA for courier return.
Notes:
1) To use the Correos de Costa Rica courier delivery service your current passport should be already expired or cancelled by our office.
2) Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days

Note: The fee for a passport renewal is $110. The applicant must have had a previous 10-year adult passport issued less than 15 years ago to qualify for a renewal.

Required form:

  • DS-82 (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:

  • Previous U.S. passport (in good condition, not stained or ripped).
  • 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.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.
  • 110.00 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.

 

The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

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 passback with correos de Costa Rica

For courier return service, click below link & fill in the online form. The information submitted must match the identity of the applicant.
Correos de Costa Rica
Please include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica once your passport or CRBA is ready. If the payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Save your invoice in PDF format and forward it to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov to ensure we flag your passport or CRBA for courier return.
Notes:
1) To use the Correos de Costa Rica courier delivery service your current passport should be already expired or cancelled by our office.
2) Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days

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

  • If you can wait two weeks for your passport, please fill out Form DS-64and refer to the instructions for first-time adult passports.
  • If you have emergency travel to the United States, please call 2519-2000 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except U.S. and local holidays). You must justify your emergency with the Consular Officer.

Required forms:

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

Requirements:

  • 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.
  • $145.00 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.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.
  • 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.

Please Note: If an applicant has a history of two lost and/or stolen passports, he or she will be issued a limited one-year validity passport

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

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 passback with correos de Costa Rica

For courier return service, click below link & fill in the online form. The information submitted must match the identity of the applicant.
Correos de Costa Rica
Please include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica once your passport or CRBA is ready. If the payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Save your invoice in PDF format and forward it to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov to ensure we flag your passport or CRBA for courier return.
Notes:
1) To use the Correos de Costa Rica courier delivery service your current passport should be already expired or cancelled by our office.
2) 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 145.00 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.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.
  • 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.

The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

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 passback with correos de Costa Rica

For courier return service, click below link & fill in the online form. The information submitted must match the identity of the applicant.
Correos de Costa Rica
Please include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica once your passport or CRBA is ready. If the payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Save your invoice in PDF format and forward it to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov to ensure we flag your passport or CRBA for courier return.
Notes:
1) To use the Correos de Costa Rica courier delivery service your current passport should be already expired or cancelled by our office.
2) Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days


Minors

Passport passback with correos de Costa Rica

To utilize U.S. Embassy San Jose’s courier return service at participating Correos de Costa Rica locations, go to following site and follow the instructions: https://www.correos.go.cr/webservicios/US_services/ . The information provided to Correos de Costa Rica must match the identity of the applicant and correspond with a passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) service. 
Once your payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address.  Please forward this invoice to the Embassy at passportreturnsanjose@state.gov upon receipt.
Please ensure that you include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica directly once your passport or CRBA is ready for pickup.  

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:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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.  Photo service is available at the Embassy.
  • 115.00 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.

The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

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 passback with correos de Costa Rica

For courier return service, click below link & fill in the online form. The information submitted must match the identity of the applicant.
Correos de Costa Rica
Please include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica once your passport or CRBA is ready. If the payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Save your invoice in PDF format and forward it to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov to ensure we flag your passport or CRBA for courier return.
Notes:
1) To use the Correos de Costa Rica courier delivery service your current passport should be already expired or cancelled by our office.
2) 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.

Required forms:

  • 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:

  • 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.  Photo service is available at the Consulate.
  • $115.00 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.  Please note that the DS-3053 will not be accepted if notarized in Costa Rica.  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, a notarized written authorization in English from both parents is required.

To request or cancel an appointment please click here.

The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

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 passback with correos de Costa Rica

For courier return service, click below link & fill in the online form. The information submitted must match the identity of the applicant.
Correos de Costa Rica
Please include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica once your passport or CRBA is ready. If the payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Save your invoice in PDF format and forward it to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov to ensure we flag your passport or CRBA for courier return.
Notes:
1) To use the Correos de Costa Rica courier delivery service your current passport should be already expired or cancelled by our office.
2) 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:

  • 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:

  • 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. Photo service is available at the Consulate.
  • 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, divorse 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.

The passport will be ready in approximately 10 business days.

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 passback with correos de Costa Rica

For courier return service, click below link & fill in the online form. The information submitted must match the identity of the applicant.
Correos de Costa Rica
Please include your current phone number and email address, as you will be contacted by Correos de Costa Rica once your passport or CRBA is ready. If the payment is accepted, an invoice will be sent to your email address. Save your invoice in PDF format and forward it to passportreturnsanjose@state.gov to ensure we flag your passport or CRBA for courier return.
Notes:
1) To use the Correos de Costa Rica courier delivery service your current passport should be already expired or cancelled by our office.
2) Correos will return to the U.S. Embassy passports not picked up after 30 days


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Items not permitted

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.

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.