Applying for a U.S Passport in Colombia - Applicants 15 and Under
CHECKLIST FOR U.S. PASSPORT
You MUST print out and bring the Checklist for U.S. Passport to your interview. Your application will not be processed unless this checklist is filled out.
Applying for a U.S. Passport in Colombia - Applicants 15 years and Under
Click here for information about passports for applicants 16 and over.
Where and When to Apply
To apply for a U.S. passport in Colombia, you MUST make an appointment.Online applications for U.S. passports are accepted at the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services office in Bogota, or at the U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla.
To make an online appointment with the U.S. Embassy American Citizen Service Office in Bogota click here.
Please click here for the Consular Agency's location and hours.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2011, THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BOGOTA
WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTING ONLINE APPOINTMENTS
Passport Application Form
When applying for a passport for a child 15 or under, you must use form DS-11. Please do not sign the application until you are asked to do so by a consular official during your visit to the Embassy or Consular Agency.
All applicants must provide one recent passport photo. Each must measure 5X5 cm (2X2 inches) and have a white background. Color or black and white photos are acceptable. Photo labs are located throughout major cities in Colombia, as well as across the street from the Embassy. Digital photos are not acceptable.
The fee for a passport for a child 15 and under is US$105.00. Fees are payable in cash (U.S. dollars or Colombian pesos) or by credit card at the U.S. Embassy or Consular Agency when you submit your passport application. Checks and debit cards are not accepted. These fees do not include optional delivery of your passport, which is discussed below.
Previous passport: If you have the child's most recent U.S. passport, you must submit it with the application. You should also bring the child's previous U.S. or foreign passports, if available.
Photo evidence: Small children change quickly, and the consular officer may be unable to determine that your child is the same one who was pictured in his/her most recent U.S. passport. If your child's appearance has changed significantly, please bring photos of your child at various ages since his/her last passport was issued.
Birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad: You must present an original or certified copy of the child's birth certificate issued in the country where the child was born. For children born outside the United States, you may instead submit an original Consular Report of Birth Abroad that was issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate.
- Click here for information on how to request a certified copy of your birth certificate from the United States.
See the website for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to learn how to replace lost certificates of citizenship or naturalization.
- Click here for additional instructions if you were born outside the United States but have never been documented as a U.S. citizen.
Must the Child Appear in Person?
All children 15 and under must appear at the Embassy or Consular Agency at the time of application.
Must the Child's Parents Appear in Person?
For applicants 15 and under, both parents must consent to issuance of the child's passport. Ordinarily, the parents provide consent by accompanying their child to the Embassy or Consular Agency at the time of application, presenting their own photo identification, and signing the child's passport application in front of a consular official.
If one or both of the parents do not accompany the child, the absent parent(s) must provide a signed, notarized letter, in English, that expressly consents to issuance of the passport. This letter may be notarized by a U.S. or Colombian notary, or by a consular officer at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Parents should use Form DS-3053 for this purpose. Note that all written forms of consent, the document must contain the child’s full name and date of birth and clearly state the absent parent’s consent to issue a U.S. passport to that child. The document must also contain the absent parent’s signature dated less than 90 days before the passport application, and that parent’s signature must be notarized by a U.S. or foreign notary. The absent parent(s) must also provide a photocopy (both sides) of his/her driver's license, cedula, passport, or other government-issued photo identification.
The requirement for parental consent does not apply if a parent is deceased, if one of the parents or a legal guardian has full custody of the child, or if special circumstances make it impossible to obtain the absent parent's consent. In cases where the parent is deceased, a certified death certificate must be submitted. When one parent or a legal guardian has full custody, a certified custody order must be submitted. If special circumstances make a parent's consent impossible, a comprehensive written explanation on Form DS-5525 signed by the appearing parent must be provided to the consular officer at the time of application. For additional information about parental consent requirements, please review Step 7 here.
Please contact us at ACSBogota@state.gov if you would like further guidance about the parental consent requirement.
If the Child's Most Recent Passport was Lost or Stolen
If the child's most recent U.S. passport was lost or stolen, you must submit Form DS-64. If you believe the passport was stolen, you should register the loss here Please bring the printed confirmation with you when you apply for your child's passport.
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.
Pickup or Delivery of Your Child's New Passport
If you apply for your child's passport at the Embassy, it will be available for pickup approximately ten calendar days after your application is approved. You also have the option of requesting delivery of your passport to major cities in Colombia via a private courier service. Effective August 1, 2010, the cost is $24,300 Colombian pesos for delivery within Bogota and $43.300 Colombian pesos outside of Bogota. Payment is accepted in cash, in pesos, debit or credit cards, and must be made during your visit to the Embassy. Passports delivered by courier usually arrive 2-3 weeks after your application is approved.
If you apply for your child's passport at the Consular Agency in Barranquilla, your passport will be available for pickup there in 3-4 weeks. No delivery service is available from the Consular Agency.
For additional, general information about applying for a U.S. passport, please see the website for the Department of State. If you have further questions, please contact us by e-mail at ACSBogota@state.gov.