Name Change / Correction
If you’ve changed your name or if you need to correct an error on your Passport and your Passport was issued less than a year ago, you may make the changes without any additional cost.
- If your Passport was issued over a year ago, please click here if you’re an adult (age 16 or older) to follow the instructions to renew your Passport.
- If your Passport was issued over a year ago, please click here if you’re a minor (age 15 or younger) to follow the instructions to renew your passport.
Replace a Limited Validity Passport
If you were issued a limited passport (Emergency passport) less than a year ago, you can replace it for a full validity passport at no cost.
- If your Limited Passport was issued over a year ago, please click here if you’re an adult (age 16 or older) to follow the instructions to renew your passport.
- If your Limited Passport was issued over a year ago, please click here if you’re a minor (age 15 or younger) to follow the instructions to renew your passport.
Please complete the following steps IN ORDER to ensure that you have all the necessary documents.
STEP 1: Gather all the required documents and forms
1. Passport: You must bring your current passport.
2. Evidence for the change: Bring official documentation that underlies your need for the change or correction request. For example, if you’re changing your name, you must bring proof of marriage / divorce, or a court order indicating all the name changes that you’ve had.
If you are correcting a mistake, bring documentation that shows the correct information. For example, if the date of birth or the name on the passport is incorrect, you must bring the original U.S. birth certificate or the Birth Registration issued by a Colombian notary.
3. Photo for Passport: Bring one (1) color photo with a white background (taken less than six months ago). The photo must comply with the following:
- Color photo
- 2 x 2 inches (5×5 cm)
- White background
- Not covering the eyes or forehead area
4. Social Security Number: You must write your social security number on your application form. If you don’t, you may face a penalty of $500 USD by the IRS. For additional information please click here
5. Form DS-5504 (PDF 85KB): Please download, print, completely fill out and sign the form and bring it to the Embassy in Bogota or the Consular Agency in Barranquilla.
STEP 2: Submit your application
Embassy in Bogota: If you wish to submit your application at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, you MUST make an appointment. To make an appointment click here.
Consular Agency in Barranquilla: If you wish to submit your application at the Consular Agency in Barranquilla, please click here.
Processing Time and Delivery: To see the estimated processing and delivery times, please visit the page of Processing Time and Delivery. NOTE: If the error on your passport was generated by our office, you will not be charged for the courier service. If the name change is needed because you’ve gotten married or legally changed your name, then you will have to pay for the courier service on the day you submit your application.
A consular officer may require additional documentation from the one mentioned above. In such case, you will have 90 days to bring or send by registered mail the pending documents. The application is considered abandoned after 90 days and you will have to reapply and pay again.