Applying for a U.S. Passport in Colombia - Applicants 16 and older
Applying for the first time after age 16 OR without being able to present a prior 10-year passport (e.g. a replacement for a lost or stolen passport)
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. To make an online appointment click 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), we can also serve a limited number of clients without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
If you wish to apply at the Consular Agency in Barranquilla, please click here for the Consular Agency's location and hours.
Note, if you do have a prior 10-year passport that is undamaged and was issued within the last 15 years, please review our page on Renewing 10-Year Validity Passports to determine if you are eligible for this more convenient process.
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 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 in addition to the DS-11 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.
All applicants must provide one recent color photo with a white background that measures 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.
The required fee depends on your age and which application form you are eligible to use. The fee for DS-11 applications for persons age 16 and over is US$135. Fees are payable in cash (U.S. dollars or Colombian pesos) or by credit card at the U.S. Embassy or Consular Agency at the time of application. Checks and debit cards are not accepted. This fee does not include optional delivery of your passport, which is discussed below.
- 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.
Pickup or Delivery of your passport
If you apply for your passport at the Embassy, it will be available for pickup (Monday through Friday between 3:00 and 4:00) 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.
The cost of courier delivery is $24,300 Colombian pesos for locations within Bogota and $43,300 Colombian pesos outside of Bogota. Payment for the delivery service must be made directly to the courier service’s representative in the Embassy and is accepted in Colombian pesos only in cash or via debit or credit card. Passports delivered by courier usually arrive 2-3 weeks after your application is approved.
In limited emergency circumstances (e.g. following theft with imminent travel), at the Embassy only, a 90-day temporary passport can be issued the same day that it is approved. The bearer of this passport will have to apply after the imminent travel to replace the temporary passport with a full-validity passport.
If you apply for your 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.