Passport Services

Special Announcement:

Additional Visa Pages for U.S. Passports No Longer Available

As of December 31, 2015, Additional Visa Pages will no longer be available. Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants who need extra pages will need to apply to renew their passports and be issued the standard 52-page book.

Passport Appointments

Appointments are required for Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) applications. Walk-ins are not be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled any business day with the exception of American and Salvadoran holidays and the first Friday of each month. To schedule an appointment click here.

Additional information 

To avoid setbacks in travel plans, citizens are encouraged to apply for passports at least two weeks before the planned travel date. Applications for full valid passports are reviewed and accepted at this embassy, ​​but are printed in the United States to ensure that they include all the security features that American passports now have. Passports issued with these security measures help to minimize misuse by common criminals and terrorists. Passports of full validity are normally ready to be collected within 10 days after your application is approved.

This unit only issues passports when the trip is for emergency reasons, these passports have limited validity.

Note: Effective November 13, 2017, the American Citizen Services Unit (ACS) requires all applicants to bring legible photocopies of original identification documents to all passport appointments.   If your application requires any of the following documents, please bring a photocopy of the document, along with the original, with you:

  • The biometrics page (i.e. photo page) of your current or expired passport.
  • Birth Certificate (if passport is for a minor child)
  • Identification of the parents or legal guardian of a minor (Passport, Driver’s License, State ID, DUI, or any other foreign national ID)
  • Documents regarding civil status if required (i.e. Marriage or Divorce Certificate)
  • Death certificate of a parent
  • Social Security Card

Submitting photocopies within your application will save you time and money.  The ACS unit will make photocopies for a fee of $1.00 per page.

Application Forms

After scheduling your appointment please locate and complete the necessary forms at the following link and bring them with you to the appointment:

The American Citizen Services Unit requires an appointment for all services. Make an appointment here

Form

You must complete and bring Form DS-82 if ALL of the following are true of your most recent U.S. passport:

  • Undamaged and can be submitted with your application,
  • Issued when you were age 16 or older,
  • Issued within the last 15 years, and
  • Issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change.

You must complete and bring Form DS-11 if ANY of the following are true:

  • You have never had a U.S. passport,
  • Your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged,
  • You were under age 16 when your most recent passport was issued,
  • Your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Completed passport application form.
  • Previous U.S. passport.
  • Your new passport will be issued with the same name in your most recent passport, unless you include with the application an original or certified court order or marriage certificate showing a change in name. These documents will be returned to you after the interview.
  • One (1) 5 cm x 5 cm passport photograph in color with white background displaying the full face.
  • Current government issued photo identification.
  • Social Security card.
  • Passport fee. (here)

If the passport submitted contains a baby photo or the person has changed a lot, you will need to present progression photos to verify the physical development and identity.

Fee Information

Please note – You will not be asked to provide credit card information on this site. The Department of State does not currently have the option to pay online for passport services, although this service may be offered in the future.

Passport fees may be paid either in U.S. dollars or with one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover/NOVUS, or Diners Club.  The fees must be paid at the consular cashier’s window in the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit.  Checks and debit cards are not accepted.

The American Citizen Services Unit requires an appointment for all services. Make an appointment here

Form

You must complete and bring Form DS-11 if any of the following are true:

  • You have never had a U.S. passport.
  • Your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged.
  • You were under age 16 when your most recent passport was issued.
  • Your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Completed passport application form (Do not sign them).
  • Previous U.S. passport.
  • Your new passport will be issued with the same name in your most recent passport, unless you include with the application an original or certified court order or marriage certificate showing a change in name. These documents will be returned to you with your new passport.
  • One (1) 5 cm x 5 cm passport photograph in color with white background displaying the full face.
  • Current government issued photo identification.
  • Social Security card.
  • Passport fee (Here)

If the passport submitted contains a baby photo or the person has changed a lot, you will need to present progression photos to verify the physical development and identity.

Fee Information

Please note – You will not be asked to provide credit card information on this site. The Department of State does not currently have the option to pay online for passport services, although this service may be offered in the future.

Passport fees may be paid either in U.S. dollars or with one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover/NOVUS, or Diners Club.  The fees must be paid at the consular cashier’s window in the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit.  Checks and debit cards are not accepted.

The American Citizen Services Unit requires an appointment for all services. Make an appointment here

Forms

All applicants age 15 and under must complete and bring Form DS-11.

Passports for Children

  • If the passport applicant is less than 16 years old and it is the first time applying for a U.S. passport, both parents must accompany the child to the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit of the Embassy.
  • If one parent is unavailable to appear at the Embassy, an original, notarized Statement of Consent is required, along with a copy of the absent parent’s signed photo identification, which was presented to the notary. The Statement of Consent is only valid for a period of 90 days.
  • The parents must provide evidence of the child’s identity and U.S. citizenship.

A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate or the original of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen frequently constitutes sufficient evidence of a child’s citizenship.  However, the interviewing consular officer may request additional evidence, particularly if the child has not been issued a U.S. passport previously.  In such circumstances, useful evidence of citizenship or identity may include the pre- and post-natal medical records of the child’s mother, hospital certificates, infant and childhood medical and vaccination records, hospital bills, family pictures illustrating the child’s growth and development, and school transcripts, diplomas or certificates, preferably with pictures attached.

  • The parents of a child who has been issued a previous U.S. passport must bring their child’s most recent passport, unless it has been lost or stolen.
  • The parents also must provide one recent color photograph of the child. (5cm x 5cm, in color with white background).
  • Frequently as a child grows older it no longer resembles its photograph in a previous passport. This is particularly true when the previous passport was issued when the child was an infant.  In circumstances such as this, the parents should bring as many photos of the child as possible to illustrate its physical development over the years since the issuance of the previous passport.  All photos will be returned to the parents.

NOTE:

  • If only one parent is living with the child applicant in El Salvador, that parent must provide the Embassy with the written, signed and notarized statement of the absent parent granting consent for the accompanying parent to apply for a renewed or replacement passport for the child. Along with a copy of the absent parent’s signed photo identification, which was presented to the notary. This statement must be in English.
  • If one parent is deceased, the surviving parent must present a certified copy of the deceased parent’s death certificate along with the other required documentation.
  • If one parent has sole legal custody of the child, the parent must provide a copy of the court decree granting sole custody.
  • If the parents are divorced but have joint or shared legal custody of the child, both parents must accompany the child to the Embassy or the applying parent must provide a written, signed and notarized statement from the absent parent granting consent for the accompanying parent to apply for passport for the child. Along with a copy of the absent parent’s signed photo identification, which was presented to the notary. This statement must be in English.
  • In circumstances where only one parent has physical custody of the child and has lost contact totally with the absent parent, the applying parent must submit a statement to this effect under oath or affirmation. The Embassy provides Form DS-3053 on which this statement can be made.
  • When the child is living in El Salvador with a guardian other than a parent, and both parents are living outside the country, both parents must execute a signed and notarized power of attorney granting the guardian authorization to apply for a passport for the child. This power of attorney must be written and notarized in English. The statement must come with a copy of the absent parent’s signed photo identification, which was presented to the notary. The guardian must present the original of this document when applying for the child’s passport.

Passports issued to all children less than 16 years of age are valid for five years.

Fee Information

Please note – You will not be asked to provide credit card information on this site. The Department of State does not currently have the option to pay online for passport services, although this service may be offered in the future.

Passport fees may be paid either in U.S. dollars or with one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover/NOVUS, or Diners Club.  The fees must be paid at the consular cashier’s window in the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit.  Checks and debit cards are not accepted.

If your valid U.S. passport has been stolen and you have immediate travel plans, the American Citizen Services unit may be able to issue you an emergency passport.  You will need to bring a copy of the police report and your airline tickets.  If you require a replacement for a lost passport, you must make an appointment.

Appointments are encouraged but not required in the case of a stolen passport with immediate travel plans.  Please note that failure to renew a previously lost or stolen passport in a timely manner prior to your travel is not an emergency service, and you will need an appointment to receive a new passport.

All persons, including children, applying to replace a lost, stolen, damaged or mutilated passport must submit:

  • Passport application form DS-11 is used to process these applications.
  • Proof of their identity, if available (i.e. valid driver’s license or military ID).
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship. Frequently, sufficient proof of citizenship is provided by a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, the original of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen, or a U.S. Naturalization Certificate. All original documents will be returned.
  • Applicants must provide one recent color photograph that provide a full front view of the applicant’s face against a plain light background.
  • Persons applying to replace a lost, stolen, damaged or mutilated passport will also be required to explain the circumstances of the loss, theft, damage or mutilation in writing on Form DS-64 and to sign the statement under oath or affirmation.
  • Additionally, persons applying to replace a stolen passport must provide a copy of the Salvadoran police report that documents the report of the theft to local authorities.

Applicants, or the parents of children under 16 years of age, will sign the form under oath or affirmation.

Passport fees may be paid either in U.S. dollars or with one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover/NOVUS, or Diners Club.  The fees must be paid at the consular cashier’s window in the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit.  Checks and debit cards are not accepted.

Emergency passports are not issued on weekends or holidays. They are generally ready same-day. However, unforeseen delays can happen. If you must reschedule your flight because of a lost or stolen passport, please wait to make your new reservations until after your visit to the Embassy.

Emergency United States passports are issued to those applicants who have immediate travel and cannot wait to receive a regular full-validity passport before traveling.

To apply for an emergency passport, you must apply in person at the Embassy with the following:

  • The appropriate completed application(s) and form(s), not yet signed.
  • Form DS-64, filled out but not yet signed if you are replacing a lost or stolen United States passport and have not already reported it online.
  • One U.S. passport-sized photo (2 in x 2 in) in color with white background.
  • Proof of identity (a government issued photo ID).
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (an original U.S. long form birth certificate or previous U.S. passport).
  • Cash or credit card to pay the appropriate fees.