Adults

Beginning February 1, 2017, all passport applicants MUST make an appointment.  This includes applicants renewing (Form DS-82) or replacing (Form DS-5504) a passport.

For purposes of US passport applications, an adult is a person 16 years or older.

You can use the DS-82 (PDF 84KB) form if ALL of the following are true:

Your Most Recent U.S. Passport:

  • Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Was issued within the last 15 years
  • Was issued in the exact same name as your previous passport or you can legally document your name change with original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or the government-issued document evidencing your legal name change under federal or state law

If you answered NO to any of the above statements you are not eligible to use Form DS-82. You must apply in person using the DS-11 application form.  

If you are eligible to use form DS-82 (PDF 84KB), you MUST make an appointment. Please make an appointment by clicking here. However, YOU don’t have to personally appear BUT due to fee payment requirements, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency cannot accept applications by mail or other delivery service. Therefore, you or your trusted designee must have an appointment to submit your signed, completed DS-82 (PDF 84KB) application, previous passport, fees, and recent passport photo at the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services office in Bogota, or at the U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla.

If you would prefer to apply at our Consular Agency in Barranquilla, please click here for the Consular Agency’s location and hours of operation.

Fees

For detailed information about fees related to American Citizen Services, please click here.

Passport Photos

All applicants must provide one recent color photo with a white background that measure 5X5 cm (2X2 inches).  For more information on photo requirements please see the U.S. Department of State website. Photo labs are located throughout major cities in Colombia, as well as across the street from the Embassy. Digital photos are not acceptable.

Where and When to Apply


When applying for a passport for the first time after age 16 or at any other time when you are unable to present a prior 10-year passport (e.g. your last passport was lost or stolen), YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota or Consular Agency in Barranquilla.

If you wish to apply at the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, you MUST make an appointment by clicking here. Please retain a copy of the appointment confirmation for presentation on the day of your appointment. In emergency circumstances (e.g. following theft with imminent travel), please click here for instructions on how to request a limited validity emergency passport .

If you wish to apply at the Consular Agency in Barranquilla, please click here for the Consular Agency’s location and hours.

Passport Application Form


When applying for a passport for the first time after age 16 or without a prior 10-year passport, please complete form DS-11 (PDF 97KB) prior to your visit. However, please do not sign the application until you are asked to do so by a consular official during your in-person visit.

If the Applicant’s Most Recent Passport was Lost or Stolen


If your most recent U.S. passport was lost or stolen, you must submit a completed form DS-64 (PDF 91KB) in addition to the DS-11 (PDF 97KB) application form. If you believe the passport was stolen in Colombia, you should register the theft here. Please bring the printed confirmation to your passport appointment.

If your passport was stolen in the course of a violent crime against you, and you need immediate Embassy assistance, please see our emergency contact information for instructions on how to reach us.

Fees

For detailed information about fees related to American Citizen Services, please click here.

Required Documents

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship: If you have ever had a U.S. passport (e.g. a five-year or shorter duration passport), you must submit it with the application (photocopies are very helpful for a passport no longer in your possession). Absent a prior passport, you should bring your original U.S. birth certificate (not an “abstract” birth certificate), U.S. naturalization certificate, U.S. certificate of citizenship, or U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.  If the applicant was born outside of the United States and has never before been documented as a U.S. citizen, for applicants age 17 and under see Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and for applicants age 18 and older see Special Instructions.
  • Photo Identification: If your Proof of Citizenship does not contain a photo or if your appearance has changed considerably since the photo, adult applicants must also submit proof of identity, such as a U.S. drivers license or other government ID, a Colombia cedula or drivers license, or a non-U.S. passport, etc.

Passport Photos

All applicants must provide one recent color photo with a white background that measure 5X5 cm (2X2 inches).  For more information on photo requirements please see the U.S. Department of State website. Photo labs are located throughout major cities in Colombia, as well as across the street from the Embassy. Digital photos are not acceptable.