Passports

Passport services require appointments, which are available for American citizens. Please see below for appointment availability hours at your local Embassy/Consulate. If you qualify for passport renewal by mail, please read below under Adult Passport Renewals (over 16 years).

Select the Service You Require

1. Who can apply for First time adult passport?
2. Appointment and security restrictions
3. Fill up Online form
4. Fees
5. Photograph
6. Required documents
7. Check your passport application status online
8. Passport Delivery or Pick Up

  1. Who can apply for First time adult passport?

Applicants 16 years or older applying for their first 10-year validity passport should follow this process.

  1.  Appointment and security restrictions:

Scheduling the Appointment:

Click here  to make an online appointment and print the appointment letter.  We are closed on American and Indian holidays.

Security restrictions

All citizens will be screened by security personnel before entering the Embassy or Consulate compound. The following items are not permitted:

  • Battery-operated or electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital diaries, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, flash drives, memory sticks, Blue Tooth devices, laptop or tablet computers and portable music players
  • Large shoulder bags/purses, travel bags, backpacks, briefcases or suitcases. Only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted like unsealed plastic bags containing application-related papers , small cloth bags and zip folders
  • Food or drink items
  • Cosmetics (including, but not limited to, spray perfume/cologne and talcum/baby powder)
  • Sealed envelopes or packages
  • Flammable items such as Cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, lighters
  • Sharp objects, including scissors, pocketknives, pen knives or nail files
  • Weapons, weapon-like objects, or explosive material of any kind
  • Long Handled Umbrella’s (longer than 40 cm when closed)

This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.

There is no facility at the Embassy/Consulates to store prohibited items. You must make arrangements to store these items before entering.

  1. Fill up Online form:

Complete the DS-11 passport application online.  Take a printout of the application form and submit the same at the intake window.  Check out the steps to fill an online passport application here 

       4. Fees:

Complete fee information is available here.

  1. Photograph:
  • One passport sized (2x2inch/ 5cm x 5cm) Photo must be taken within the last six months. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all photo requirements.
  1. Required documents:

Provide U.S. Citizenship Evidence

You must submit one of the following. Your evidence must be original. Please also carry photocopy of the evidence.

If you cannot submit one of the above acceptable documents, or for more information, please see Citizenship Evidence.

Show Parental Awareness

Examples of Parental Awareness:

  • A parent appearing with you in person when you apply for your passport along with their valid identification. Submit a photocopy of ID.
  • A signed statement consenting (DS-3053) to issuance of a passport from at least one parent (should be accompanied by a photocopy of that parent’s ID).

Your passport application may be denied if we have received written objection from one of your parents or legal guardians. For more information, please see Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program.

  1. Check passport application status online:

You can check your application status online.  You will need the following information:

  1. Last Name
    • Include suffixes (Jones III, Patton Jr, etc.)
    • Include hyphens as appropriate (Jackson-Smith)
  1. Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
  2. Last Four Digits of Social Security Number
  • Except in emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 7-10 business days. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports.
  • Receive automatic email updates on the status of your application by entering your email address after locating your pending application in the Online Passport Status System.
  1. Passport Delivery or Pick Up:

You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready for pick up or delivery.

Passport Delivery via Courier:

  • At the Embassy/Consulate, you could purchase a courier envelope from the FedEx agent in the lobby for INR 450.
  • The fee may be paid by cash, credit/debit card or demand draft in favor of “FedEx Express TSCS (India) Pvt. Ltd.” payable at the Embassy/Consulate.
  • Once your U.S. passport application is processed, the ACS Unit will return the sealed courier envelope containing your U.S. passport to FedEx.
  • Once your U.S. passport reach FedEx, you will be able to check the status of your delivery on FedEx’s website using the air waybill provided by Fedex. Remember, Passport book/card are sensitive documents.  FedEx will deliver your passport book/card ONLY on verifying the old canceled passport, so please be ready to show.

Pick Up in Person:

If you opt to pick up your passport in person, please see your local Embassy/Consulate below for pick-up times. You do not need an appointment to pick up your CRBA or U.S. passport.

New Delhi: Tuesdays and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Chennai: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on second and last Wednesday of every month.

Hyderabad: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kolkata: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding through last Wednesday of the month

Mumbai: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*Please note we can only hold passports for 90 days before they must be returned to the State Department.

Adult passport holders may renew their 10-year U.S. passports in person or by mail. We reserve the right to request an interview with respect to any passport application.

To renew your passport by mail:

  1. Complete and print the passport application online here.

Online application tips:

  • Complete the address fields completely. If you are in India, your passport will not be sent back to the United States. When you drop off your application, you can designate if you wish to pick it up or have it sent to you by courier to an address in India.
  • If completing an application without a social security number, you may enter all zeroes as a placeholder.
  • Expedite fee: You do not need to select the “expedite fee” option; passports printed for citizens abroad are automatically expedited.
  • Please fill out the emergency contact information even though it is not required to submit the application.
  • Do not use two-sided printing
  1. Submit all required documents with the printed application form:
  • One studio-quality color photograph taken within the last six months measuring 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) with a white background. No other photo format will be accepted. Glasses are not acceptable in your photo. If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with your application. More information
  • The applicant’s most recent U.S. passport. This passport will be cancelled and returned by mail along with the new passport. Valid visas in the old passport will not be cancelled.
  • Properly completed and printed passport application form. The form must be signed and dated, and must include a valid telephone number (mobile or landline) and/or e-mail address.
  • If the applicant’s appearance has changed significantly since the old passport was issued, a clear photocopy of another current form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, PIO Card, etc.
  • If the applicant’s surname has changed due to marriage, please include an original marriage certificate.
  • Passport Fee payment: If applying by mail, please submit a demand draft in favor of “American Embassy” drawn on a national bank. Personal checks are not accepted.

If applying by mail, please send all of the required documents to the address of your local Embassy/Consulate. It is advisable to use a trackable delivery method.

New Delhi:

American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Embassy
Shanti Path
Chanakya Puri
New Delhi – 110 021

Chennai:

American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Consulate General
220 Anna Salai at Gemini Circle
Chennai – 600006

Hyderabad:

American Citizens Services Unit
U.S. Consulate General
1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane
Begumpet
Hyderabad – 500003

Kolkata:

American Consulate General
American Center
38A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata 700 071
West Bengal, India

Mumbai:

American Citizens Services Unit
C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex
Bandra East, Mumbai 400051

We recommend that you use Indian registered mail or a reliable courier service that uses tracking numbers for sending in your application.

Important Note:  If you are submitting your passport renewal application by mail and would like to have your new passport couriered to you, please submit a courier slip (PDF 6.5KB) and an additional bank draft for INR 450 payable to “FedEx Express TSCS (India) Pvt. Ltd.” payable at the city of your local Embassy/Consulate.  Bank drafts for courier fees can be drawn from any nationalized, foreign bank or co-operative bank operating in India.  Once your U.S. passport reaches FedEx, you will be able to check the status of your delivery on Fedex’s website using the air waybill provided by Fedex.

Renewal-by-mail service is NOT available if you are:

  • A minor (under 16 years old)
  • Replacing a lost, stolen or mutilated passport
  • Renewing a 5-year passport that has been expired for more than five years

These applicants must make an appointment to apply in person and bring all of the required documents listed above. Appointments are available for American citizens at your local Embassy/Consulate according to the schedule below.  We are closed on American and Indian holidays.

New Delhi: Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., closed the last Wednesday of every month.

Chennai: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on second and last Wednesday of every month.

Hyderabad: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., closed the last Wednesday of every month

Kolkata: Monday through Friday, closed the last Wednesday of every month

Mumbai: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., closed the last Wednesday of every month

Please arrive fifteen minutes before your appointment to clear security. Mobile phones, electronic devices other restricted items are not permitted inside the Embassy or Consulate.

Make or Cancel an Appointment Here

Complete Online Passport Application Here

Fees

Complete fee information is available here

Passport Processing Time

Except in emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 7-10 business days. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready.

Passport Delivery or Pick Up

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate is pleased to provide courier delivery services for U.S. passport books and cards. This service will allow for timely tracking and fast delivery of your  and passport books and cards. Please carefully read the instructions below to arrive at your appointment prepared.

  1. At the Embassy/Consulate, you may wish to purchase a courier envelope from the FedEx agent in the lobby.  The charges for the same are given below:
          • Delivery of Passport & citizenship documents within India : INR 450 (Inclusive of DFS and 18% GST)
          • Delivery of CRBA in U.S.A. : INR 4500 (Inclusive of DFS & 18% GST)
    The fee may be paid by cash, credit/debit card or demand draft in favor of “FedEx Express TSCS (India) Pvt. Ltd.” payable at the Embassy/Consulate. Drafts can be drawn on any nationalized or foreign bank operating in India. Drafts of co-operative banks are not accepted at this time. Please provide your email ID to Fedex to receive tracking updates via email.
  2. Once your U.S. passport application is processed, the ACS Unit will return the sealed courier envelope containing your U.S. passport to FedEx.
  3. Once your U.S. passport reach FedEx, you will be able to check the status of your delivery on Fedex’s website using the air waybill provided by Fedex. Remember, Passport book/card are sensitive documents.  FedEx will deliver your passport book/card ONLY on verifying the old canceled passport, so please be ready to show.  For citizenship documents, please be ready to provide parents ID’s to facilitate smooth delivery of your courier.

If you opt to pick up your passport in person, please see your local Embassy/Consulate below for pick-up times. You do not need an appointment to pick up your U.S. passport.

New Delhi: Tuesdays and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:0 0 p.m.

Chennai: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., excluding the last Wednesday of the month

Hyderabad: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kolkata: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding through last Wednesday of the month

Mumbai: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

General information about U.S. passports is available here.

U.S. citizens whose passports have been lost or stolen should:

  1. File a police report with the Indian authorities as soon as possible. If you think you know where your passport was lost or stolen (in a hotel, airport, railway station, etc.) you should report the loss to the authorities at that location.
  2. Make an appointment online. Note: If you are traveling in the next week, no appointment is necessary. Please bring the required documents and fees to your local Embassy/Consulate during the times listed above. We are closed on U.S. and Indian holidays.
  3. Complete passport application online and Form DS-64: Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport.
  4. Print application and prepare required documents before the interview (whether you have an appointment or not).

Make an appointment here and print appointment letter

Complete and print your online application here

Complete Form DS-64 Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport

Required Documents for Passport Replacement:

  • Police report
  • Proof of your identity and U.S. citizenship, if available.
  • One recent 2″x2″ (5 cm x 5 cm) color photograph taken against a white background. No other format will be accepted. Glasses are not acceptable in your photo. If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with your application. More information.
  • Completed passport application form. Please do not use two-sided printing.
  • Do not sign the forms; you will do so in the presence of a consular officer.
  • Completed Form DS-64 Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport

Fees

Complete fee information is available here.

Lost Indian Visa

People who lose their passport with their valid Indian visa must take their new replacement passport and apply for an exit visa with the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Government of India. This process takes up to 2-3 business days. You cannot leave India without this visa. More information on obtaining an exit visa will be provided when you come to apply for a replacement passport. Exit visas are not issued on weekends or Indian holidays.

Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO)

Please find your local FRRO here.

Passport Processing Time

Except in emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 7-10 business days. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready.

Passport Delivery or Pick Up

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate is pleased to provide courier delivery services for CRBA and U.S. passport books and cards. This service will allow for timely tracking and fast delivery of your CRBAs and passport books and cards. Please carefully read the instructions below to arrive at your appointment prepared.

  1. At the Embassy/Consulate, you will be asked to purchase a courier envelope from the FedEx agent in the lobby for INR 450. The fee may be paid by cash, credit/debit card or demand draft in favor of “FedEx Express TSCS (India) Pvt. Ltd.” payable at the Embassy/Consulate. Drafts can be drawn on any nationalized or foreign bank operating in India. Drafts of co-operative banks are not accepted at this time. Please provide your email ID to Fedex to receive tracking updates via email.
  2. Once your CRBA or U.S. passport application is processed, the ACS Unit will return the sealed courier envelope containing your CRBA or U.S. passport to FedEx.
  3. Once your CRBA or U.S. passport reach FedEx, you will be able to check the status of your delivery on Fedex’s website using the air waybill provided by Fedex. Remember, Passport book/card/CRBA are sensitive documents.  FedEx will deliver your passport book/card ONLY on verifying the old canceled passport, so please be ready to show.  For CRBA and citizenship documents, please be ready to provide parents ID’s to facilitate smooth delivery of your courier.

If you opt to pick up your CRBA or passport in person, please see your local Embassy/Consulate below for pick-up times. You do not need an appointment to pick up your CRBA or U.S. passport.

New Delhi: Tuesdays and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Chennai: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on second and last Wednesday of every month.

Hyderabad: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kolkata: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding through last Wednesday of the month

Mumbai: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Minors under age 16 wishing to renew an expiring or expired passport should follow the process below. You can also see the process in this video on renewal of minor passport (MP4 6KB). If you are filing a Consular Report of a Birth Abroad, you may submit it together with this application.

  1. Make an appointment online and print the appointment letter. Appointments are available for American citizens on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We are closed on American and Indian holidays.
  2. Complete the DS-11 passport application online.

Online application tips:

  • Complete the address fields completely. If you are in India, your passport will not be sent back to the United States. When you drop off your application, you can designate if you wish to pick it up or have it sent to you by registered mail to an address in India.
  • If completing an application without a social security number, you may enter all zeroes as a placeholder.
  • Expedite fee: You do not need to select the “expedite fee” option; passports printed for citizens abroad are automatically expedited.
  • Please fill out the emergency contact information even though it is not required.
  • Print the form but do not use two-sided printing.
  1. Print the application and bring it plus the required documents to the interview. Do not sign the application for your child. You will do so in the presence of the consular officer.

Except in the exceptional circumstances described below, the child and both parents must appear in person.

Required Documents

  • Current passport
  • One studio-quality color photograph taken within the last six months measuring 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) with a white background and no spectacles. No other photo format can be accepted. More information hereGlasses are not acceptable in your photo. If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with your application. More information.
  • For children under age 16, both parents must be present with original photo identification to sign the passport application in the presence of a consular officer. The child must also be present. If one parent/guardian cannot be present, the non-applying parent or guardian must complete item 3 on the DS-3053 “Statement of Consent (PDF), “providing written consent for the issuance of a passport for the minor child. Additionally, the non-applying parent or guardian consenting to the issuance of a passport for a minor 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 was presented to the Notary Public with Form DS-3053.

The consular officer reserves the right to require additional evidence if the consent is notarized by a non-U.S. notary public.

  • If you are the applying parent or guardian and the written consent of the non-applying parent or guardian or sole custody cannot be obtained in a timely manner complete item 4a-5 on the DS-5525 “Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances” (PDF). The statement must explain in detail the non-applying parent’s or guardian’s unavailability and recent efforts made to contact the non-applying parent. You may also be required to provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document your claim of exigent or special circumstances.
  • For children under age 16, the parents must prove their parentage by providing the child’s government-issued birth certificate in original and a copy. If the birth certificate lists the mother’s maiden name, she should be able to prove her identity accordingly.
  • For children age 16 or older, the child signs for him/herself (in the presence of the consular officer), so the parents need not be present, and there is no need to present a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • The child must prove his/her identity. If the child is easily identifiable by the consular officer by looking at the previous passport, no additional proof may be necessary. However, a child’s appearance may change significantly over time, so the consular officer may ask for additional proof of identity. Please bring as much proof as possible. Examples of items that can be used to establish a child’s identity are:
    • Person of Indian Origin (PIO) or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card (issued by the Government of India)
    • A passport issued by another country
    • School ID card with photo
    • Police/immigration registration record with attached photo
    • Growing age photos (i.e., a series of family photographs from various ages since the child’s last passport was issued–for example, if the child is now five years old and the passport was issued shortly after his/her birth, bring family photos showing the child at ages 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Fees

Complete fee information is available here.

Passport Processing Time

Except in emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 7-10 business days. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready.

CRBA/Passport Delivery or Pick Up

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate is pleased to provide courier delivery services for CRBA and U.S. passport books and cards. This service will allow for timely tracking and fast delivery of your CRBAs and passport books and cards. Please carefully read the instructions below to arrive at your appointment prepared.

  1. At the Embassy/Consulate, you will be asked to purchase a courier envelope from the FedEx agent in the lobby for INR 450. The fee may be paid by cash, credit/debit card or demand draft in favor of “FedEx Express TSCS (India) Pvt. Ltd.” payable at the Embassy/Consulate. Drafts can be drawn on any nationalized or foreign bank operating in India. Drafts of co-operative banks are not accepted at this time. Please provide your email ID to Fedex to receive tracking updates via email.
  2. Once your CRBA or U.S. passport application is processed, the ACS Unit will return the sealed courier envelope containing your CRBA or U.S. passport to FedEx.
  3. Once your CRBA or U.S. passport reach FedEx, you will be able to check the status of your delivery on Fedex’s website using the air waybill provided by Fedex. Remember, Passport book/card/CRBA are sensitive documents.  FedEx will deliver your passport book/card ONLY on verifying the old canceled passport, so please be ready to show.  For CRBA and citizenship documents, please be ready to provide parents ID’s to facilitate smooth delivery of your courier.

If you opt to pick up your CRBA or passport in person, please see your local Embassy/Consulate below for pick-up times. You do not need an appointment to pick up your CRBA or U.S. passport.

New Delhi: Tuesdays and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Chennai: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on second and last Wednesday of every month.

Hyderabad: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kolkata: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding through last Wednesday of the month

Mumbai: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

I wish to apply for a passport for my child; am I required to bring him/her to the Embassy/Consulate?  Yes.  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by both parents.  An appointment will be required; please see the instructions for your specific passport service for more information.

Is it true that passport applications for children under the age of 16 require the consent of both parents?  Yes, the consent of both parents/legal guardians is required, even if one parent is not a U.S. citizen.

What If only one parent can appear at the Embassy/Consulate with the child?  The other parent may submit his/her consent by completing form DS-3053 before a notary and submitting acceptable ID.

I don’t know where my child’s other parent is and I don’t know how to contact him/her to obtain his/her consent.  Does that mean you can’t issue my child a passport?  Maybe.  Each case is different and will be assessed by one of our consular officers.  We recommend that you provide as much documentation as possible showing that you have made a “good faith effort” to contact your child’s parent through all available channels (family members, mutual friends, last known employer, divorce lawyer/solicitor, etc).  It may be necessary for you to obtain a court order giving you sole custody or permission to apply for a U.S. passport for the child without the other parent’s consent.

My child is too young to sign his/her passport.  How do I sign my child’s passport?  Children aged 16 and over may sign their own passports. For children under the age of 16, a parent should sign.  In the space provided for the signature, the mother or father must print the child’s name and sign his/her own name.  Then, in parentheses, by the parent’s name, write the word (mother) or (father) so we know who signed for the child.

How do I get information about my child’s passport or prevent a U.S. passport from being issued to my child?  Parents involved in international custody disputes may receive information about the United States passport of a minor from the Department of State, Passport Services.  For passport assistance for parents and information on International Child Abduction see International Parental Child Abduction.

Renewal of minor passport – Video

We are closed on American and Indian holidays.

New Delhi: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, closed the last Wednesday of every month.

Chennai: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on second and last Wednesday of every month.

Hyderabad: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., closed the last Wednesday of every month

Kolkata: Monday through Friday, closed the last Wednesday of every month

Mumbai: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please arrive fifteen minutes before your appointment to clear security.  Mobile phones, electronic devices other restricted items are not permitted inside the Embassy/Consulate.

Make or Cancel an Appointment Here

Complete Online Passport Application Here

Online application tips:

  • Complete the address fields completely. If you are in India, your passport will not be sent back to the United States. When you drop off your application, you can designate if you wish to pick it up or have it sent to you by courier to an address in India.
  • If completing an application without a social security number, you may enter all zeroes as a placeholder.
  • Expedite fee: You do not need to select the “expedite fee” option; passports printed for citizens abroad are automatically expedited.
  • Please fill out the emergency contact information even though it is not required to submit the application.
  • Print the form but please do not use two-sided printing.
  • Unless renewing by mail, only sign the forms in the presence of a consular officer.

Passport applications should be printed and supporting documents prepared before you come to your appointment.

Passport Documents

A complete list of passport documents is available here.

Fees

Complete fee information is available here.

Passport Processing Time

Except in emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately two weeks. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready.

CRBA/Passport Delivery or Pick Up

Frequently Asked Questions

General information about U.S. passports is available here.