Passport Services

Passport services at the U.S. Embassy are available by appointment only.  Typical Passport processing times are 2 to 4 weeks. All passport applicants must personally appear for the interview; there is no mail-in service.

Applying for a passport while outside the United States is a different process from applying while inside the United States.  Please carefully review the State Department’s guide to Applying for a U.S. Passport from Outside the United States.

Ensure your U.S. Passport has sufficient validity to travel

For renewals, we urge you to plan ahead and to apply at least 6 months prior to your passport’s expiration.  Many countries require a minimum of 6 months validity as the standard for getting a visitor’s visa.  Some airlines will not let you board a flight to these countries without 6 months validity on your passport.

To schedule your appointment, first select the service you require by clicking on one of the links below:

Except for adults renewing a recent passport issued to them as an adult, most passport applicants should follow the below instructions for “First Time Applicants”. Applicants age 15 and under will also need to comply with the “Special Additional Requirements” provided below for all minors under the age of 16.

Applicants ages 16-17 with their own identification can apply for a passport by themselves.  However, it is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with the child to identify him/her and to show parental awareness.

Steps for All First Time Applicants:

  1. Fill Out Form DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport, and submit it in person at the American Citizens Unit, U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa.

Please note that you must not sign the application because you will need to sign it in the presence of the Consular Officer.

Your application must be properly and completely filled out before your interview.

  • List your mailing address IN ETHIOPIA (item number 8).  If the mailing address is a P.O. Box, there must be a permanent address listed on page 2 of the DS-11 (item number 19).
  • You are required by law to list your Social Security number (SSN) if you have one.  If you do not have an SSN, then you should fill in item number 5 with all zeros.

Print one-sided pages only.

  1. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

You should be able to provide evidence of U.S. Citizenship with any one of the following supporting documents (please provide original AND one photocopy):

  • a previously issued, undamaged, and fully valid U.S. Passport
  • a U.S. Birth Certificate, issued by the City, County, or State of birth
  • a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • a U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
  • a U.S. Naturalization Certificate

All originals will be returned to you.

  1. Present Identification

You must submit one of these primary identification documents (please, provide original AND one photocopy):

  • a valid passport of any country
  • a national identity card with photograph translated into English
  • a valid U.S. or State government ID card
  • a valid U.S. state driver’s license with photograph
  • a U.S. military ID card

All originals will be returned to you.

  1. Provide One Passport Photo

Your passport photo must be in color, 2×2 inches (5×5 cm) in size, with a white background. It must have been taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance, and in full-face view directly facing the camera.

The processing of your passport application may be delayed if you do not submit a photo that meets the requirements.  To avoid processing delays, we recommend you use a professional passport photo service. Click on this link for more information on photo requirements.

  1. Pay the Applicable Fee

The non-refundable application fee for a first passport is $135.00 for age 16 and over and $105.00 for under age 16.

  1. Schedule an Online Appointment

How do I schedule my appointment?                                                                                     

Special Additional Requirements for all minors under age 16:

Passport applications for children under age 16, who have or have not had a passport in the past, must be submitted in person at the American Citizens Unit, U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa. The child must be present. Both, parents or guardians should appear with the child. If both parents/guardians cannot be present, see below parental consent for additional document requirements.

Besides the documents required for all first time applicants you will also need:

  1. Evidence of Parental Relationship

Examples of documents that may be used as evidence of parental relationship are:

  • S. birth certificate
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Adoption decree
  • Divorce/Custody decree
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a United States Citizen (FS-240)
  1. Proof of Identity for Parents

This can be any valid, government-issued ID such as a U.S. passport, U.S. driver’s license, or foreign passport.

If the child is 16/17 years old, they will also need a photo I.D. (such as a foreign passport or driver’s license).

  1. Two Parents Consent Requirement

If the applying child is under 16 years of age, both of his/her parents must provide consent to the issuance of the passport.  A parent gives consent to the issuance of a passport by:

–   Personally appearing and signing the application

–    Submitting a “Statement of Consent” (FORM DS-3053), signed and notarized within the last three months. The absent parent must submit a copy of the valid photo ID referenced in Form DS-3053.  Both parents cannot provide consent by this method.

–   Submitting primary evidence of sole authority (if the child only has one parent) to apply for the child with one of the following:

  • Minor’s certified U.S. or foreign birth certificate listing only the applying parent.
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form DS-2029) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) listing only the applying parent.
  • Court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order).
  • Adoption decree (if applying parent is sole adopting parent).
  • Court order specifically permitting applying parent’s or guardian’s travel with the child.
  • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent.
  • Death certificate of non-applying parent.

If none of the above documentation is available, the applying parent must submit Form DS-5525 (Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances) stating why the non-applying parent/guardian’s consent cannot be obtained.

  • 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.
  • The applying parent also may be required to provide evidence (e.g., custody order, incarceration order, restraining order) to document his/her claim of exigent or special circumstances.

If a third party, non-parent is applying on behalf of a minor under the age of 16 you MUST:

  • Submit a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents or guardians authorizing a third-party to apply for a passport, and signed and notarized within the last three months.
  • When the statement of affidavit is from only one parent/guardian, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent/guardian.

You can click on the following link for more information on first passports for Adults and for Minors under 16.

Renewal – Minors under 16

To renew your child’s passport, please follow the requirements for All First Time Applicants and the Special Requirements for all Minors under age 16.

You will also have to provide the applicant’s most recent U.S. Passport and a copy of the photo page. If the previous passport has the photograph of a baby it is recommended to bring supporting documentation including photos showing age progression.

Renewal – Adults

If the last passport was issued 15 years ago, you will have to apply again as if you were a First Time Applicant, and fill out Form DS11. Please click on our link “How do I Apply for a U.S. passport?”

To renew a passport for an adult it is necessary to:

  1. Fill out the U.S. Passport application Form DS-82 and submit it in person at the American Citizens Unit, U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Please, ensure that it is properly filled out with your address IN ETHIOPIA (item number 6), your telephone number IN ETHIOPIA (item number 7) and your Social Security Number.

Note that you must provide your Social Security Number in accordance with the FAST Act. If the applicant does not currently have an SSN and does not wish to obtain an SSN, then he/she should fill in the passport application SSN box # 5 with zeros.

Please sign the application.

  1. Submit the most recent U.S. Passport book and a copy of the photo page.
  2. Provide 2 U.S. passport photos with your application:

Your passport photo must be in color, 2×2 inches (5×5 cm) in size, with a white background. It must have been taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance, and in full-face view directly facing the camera.

The processing of your passport application may be delayed if you do not submit a photo that meets the requirements.  To avoid processing delays, we recommend you use a professional passport photo service. Click on this link for more information on photo requirements.

  1. Pay the applicable fee of $110.00 USD or equivalent in Ethiopian Birr. You may go to passport fee to calculate your fee in U.S. dollars.
  2. Schedule an online appointment

How do I schedule my appointment?

When renewing the passport, all U.S. citizens may also apply for a passport card.  The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

To apply, and if you already have a U.S. passport, please complete online Form DS-82, sign, date and submit it in person.

If you have never had a U.S. passport book before or are not eligible to use Form DS-82, you must apply in person using Form DS-11. This application is to be signed in front of a Consular Officer.

Check the appropriate box (-es) on the top of the application form:
[U.S. Passport Book]             [U.S. Passport Card]          [Both]

Print one-sided pages only.

If you are applying for both the passport book and the passport card you must submit FOUR (4) U.S. passport photographs.

Your passport photo must be in color, 2x2inches (51x51mm) in size, with a white background. It must have been taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance, and in full-face view directly facing the camera.

The processing of your passport application may be delayed if you do not submit a photo that meets the requirements.  To avoid processing delays, we recommend you use a professional passport photo service. Click on this link for more information on photo requirements.

The fee for a U.S. Passport Card is a supplementary fee of $15.

You will also have to schedule an online appointment.
How do I schedule my appointment?

To learn more about U.S. Passport Card, please visit:
Difference between Passport Book and Passport Card or U.S. Passport Card Frequently Asked Questions

If you require an emergency passport due to a lost/stolen passport, there is no need to make an appointment.  Simply come to the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa between 8:00-9:00am, Monday-Thursday, and do the following:

1.  Appear personally at the ACS Office.

2. Submit your passport application Form DS-11
Ensure that it is properly filled out with your address IN ETHIOPIA (item number 6), your telephone number IN ETHIOPIA (item number 7) and your social security number. DO NOT sign the application.

3
.  Present a Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport Form DS 64 properly filled out.

4
.  Present a copy of police report with the details of the loss or theft of the passport.
**Please note that you must replace your Ethiopian visa in your new passport before you travel!  Present the police report to the Ethiopian Immigration Office after receiving your new passport. You should obtain this report from the police station closest to the area where the passport was lost or stolen.  You will not be able to depart Ethiopia without the new visa. 

 5.  Present a proof of U.S. citizenship – U.S. Birth Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization. You should bring the original and a copy of it.

 6.  Submit an additional original photo ID and a photocopy of it – school ID, or driver’s license.

 7. Provide 2 U.S. passport photos:

Your passport photo must be in color, 2×2 inches (51×51 mm) in size, with a white background. It must have been taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance, and in full-face view directly facing the camera.

The processing of your passport application may be delayed if you do not submit a photo that meets the requirements.  To avoid processing delays, we recommend you use a professional passport photo service. Click on this link for more information on photo requirements.

 8.  Pay the sum of $135.00 USD or equivalent in Ethiopian Birr.

9.  Submit a copy of the lost U.S. passport, if available.