Passport Services

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Passport applications must be made in person at the American Citizen Services unit of the Embassy and Consulates. If the applicant is a minor, the minor needs to appear with his or her parents as well. New passports are generally issued in two to four weeks after application and new passport cards six to eight weeks after application. These passports and passport cards are printed in the United States and delivered to China via a courier service. Consequently, due to production or delivery factors it may take considerably longer to receive one or the other. Limited validity emergency passports may be issued in special circumstances. After you fill out the application online, print it, and bring it with you the day of your appointment. The forms are available here Please be reminded that the expedited service is only available if you apply for a passport in the U.S. Important instructions for all passport applicants: – Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the application. – You must provide your Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

  • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a signed statement including the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct:  I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”
  • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

New passports are generally available for pickup within two or four weeks of your application. You will receive an email from the Embassy or Consulate where you applied when your passport is ready. If you prefer to come in person, please wait for our e-mail notifying you that your passport is ready for pick-up. Please note that ACS will hold your new passport for up to 90 days. If you are unable to return to the Embassy or Consulate to pick up your passport, you may authorize a friend or family member to collect it from ACS on your behalf. Your paid receipt, current passport, and signed authorization letter written in English must be presented by your friend or family member for ACS to release the passport.

Please click here to schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Application forms for passports can be accessed here.

Use this form if:

  1. you have never had U.S. passport, or
  2. you are under age 16, or
  3. you are applying for your first U.S. passport over the age of 16, or
  4. your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years go, or
  5. your most recent passport was lost or stolen.

Please note that this form MUST be signed in front of a consular officer.

Passport Renewal for Children Under Age 16 – You may apply for your child’s passport by following the instructions on this page if:

  • Your child is under the age of 16 at the time of application; and
  • You are able to submit your child’s U.S. passport with this application; and
  • Your child’s most recent passport was not limited, i.e. it was issued for its full five-year validity; and
  • You are not requesting a change in your child’s passport data, other than a name change due to a court order.

Passport Renewal for Adults – You may apply for your passport by following the instructions on this page if:

  • You are at least 16 years old at the time of application; and
  • Your most recent passport was issued when you were 16 years of age or older; and
  • Your most recent passport was issued within the last 15 years; and
  • Your most recent passport was not limited, i.e. it was issued for its full ten-year validity; and
  • You are able to submit the passport with this application; and
  • You are not requesting a change in the passport data, other than a name change due to marriage or a court order.
  • Obtaining a Lost Passport Report In the case of a lost or stolen passport, the loss must be immediately reported to the local police station where the event took place for issuance of a police report (报案证明, in Chinese only).  If you are staying in a hotel, the hotel reception desk may be able to help you obtain the police report.  Bring this police report to the local Exit and Entry Bureau (当地出入境管理局) for issuance of a Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport (护照报失证明, in both English and Chinese).

    The Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport (see here (PDF 168 KB) for a sample) must also be presented to Chinese authorities when applying for a replacement Chinese visa  to replace the Chinese visa in the lost/stolen passport.  If you have your passport lost/stolen, please promptly obtain a police report and report your lost/stolen passport to the local Exit and Entry Bureau (EEB)  where the passport was lost/stolen.  Failure to obtain a replacement Chinese visa can result in a fine and possible detention when attempting to exit China.

    Applying for A Replacement Passport You must apply in person.  Things to bring to the Embassy/Consulate when replacing your lost/stolen passport:

    • The above original Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport ;
    • One recent color photo with white background (2 inches by 2 inches);
    • USD 145 for adults over the age of 16, USD 115 for minors under the age of 16, equivalent RMB is acceptable;
    • Completed DS-11 and DS-64 forms printed on one-sided pages;
    • Proof of identity (e.g. driver’s license, expired license, student ID or any photo ID);
    • For Children Under 16 Years of Age Only:  Notarized Statement of Parental Consent, Form DS-3053, for each parent not present at the time of application; 
    • For Children Under 16 Years of Age Only:  Facial development photos.  Photographs of the child showing his or her facial development since the last U.S. passport was issued up to the present time;
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship (e.g. original birth certificate, cancelled U.S. passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization).

    Note:

    – If the applicant is a minor under age of 16, both parents need to appear with the minor. – Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the application. – You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

    • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a signed statement including the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct:  I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”
    • For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

    Replacing a Lost/Stolen Chinese Visa The following documents are required by the Exit and Entry Bureau(EEB) to facilitate the issuance of a new Chinese visa to replace a lost/stolen visa. 1.    The Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport previously issued by the EEB;

    2.    One photocopy of the lost passport or other IDs (ID card, driver’s license, working card, seamen’s ID, national insurance card) or their photocopies.  For those who do not have any ID certificates, the citizenship confirmation letter from their embassies is needed.

    3.    Temporary residence certificate.  For those living in hotels and apartments, they should present the check-in certificate, but for those having bought apartments or living in Chinese citizens’ homes, they should go to local police stations for the temporary residence certificate. Note:  If an individual is unsure where he/she should go to get the residence certificate, please contact the local EEB to verify.

    4.    Foreigners who are here invited by Chinese institutions should present an introduction letter by relevant parties (e.g. employer, inviting company, travel agency).

    5.    One 2-inch photo with white background,

    Bring the above required documents to the EEB for a replacement Chinese visa.

    NOTE:  The Exit and Entry Bureau (EEB) has the sole discretion to require additional documents not listed above in order to facilitate the issuance of a new Chinese visa. IMPORTANT NOTE: The EEB requires that foreign citizens first report passports as lost/stolen at EEB before going to their respective Embassy to obtain a replacement passport.  If a foreigner presents a replacement passport without first having reported the passport as lost/stolen to the EEB, the EEB will not issue the Chinese visa on a regular basis.

We strongly encourage you to fill out your passport applications online, print them, and bring them to our office. This will greatly reduce the time you have to spend at ACS office. If your name has been legally changed due to marriage or a court order within one year from the date of issuance of the passport, then you will need to: Bring to ACS a completed form DS-5504, Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement Form, a certified copy of your marriage certificate or your name change court decree, one recent color photo with white background (2 inches by 2 inches), and your current valid passport.  Photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable for passport purposes. If your name has been legally changed due to marriage or a court order more than one year form the date of issuance of the passport, then you will need to submit a form DS-82 which is passport renewal for adults and pay USD 110 or RMB equivalent. If you have discovered a printing error ( a spelling error or incorrect date of birth) in your passport, then you will need to bring ACS a completed form DS-5504, Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement Form, a photocopy of your U.S. passport, and one recent color photo with white background (2 inches by 2 inches). Note: Please print out and submit only one-sided pages of the form.

As of February 1, 2008, U.S. law requires both parents of passport applicants under the age of 16 to consent in writing to the minor’s passport issuance. If only one parent is present at the time of the minor’s passport application, the absent parent’s notarized Form DS-3053 or notarized written statement of consent (including the child’s name and date of birth, as well as a copy of the parent’s valid, government-issued identification) authorizing passport issuance is required.   Should one parent have sole legal authority to apply for a minor passport, a court order granting sole custody to the applying parent or a certified copy of the other parent’s death certificate must be presented at the time of application. U.S. court-issued documents or Chinese divorce certificate showing one parent has physical custody of the child is insufficient to prove sole legal custody.  In many cases, we may ask for the non-custodial parent’s notarized Statement of Consent, Form DS-3053, or his/her notarized written statement consenting to passport issuance. *All foreign documents must be accompanied by an English translation.

In the Asian-Pacific region, many countries require your U.S. passport to have at least six months validity remaining on it for the issuance of a visa or for travel into their country. Some airlines will not allow passengers with less than six months of passport validity to board their flights.  The U.S. Embassy/Consulate cannot require other countries to allow you to enter if you do not meet their exit/entry requirements.  For additional information regarding entry and exit requirements, see Country Specific Travel Requirements. If your travel plans have been delayed due to passport validity requirements, you will need to renew your passport.  For immediate and/or urgent travel, please follow the instructions below.  You will be issued a limited validity passport with an expiration dated based upon your specific travel situation.

  1. For adult passport renewals, please see Adult Passports.
  2. For minor passport renewals, please see Minor Passports.
  3. Please make an appointment online
  4. Bring your completed form and travel itinerary to your appointment.

If you do not have urgent travel and you are able to wait ten business days for your new passport to arrive, please make an appointment online and refer to passport renewal instructions as outlined in Adult Passports and Minor Passports.