How to Apply for a Passport

To make an appointment

Select the day and time for your appointment.

Supporting documents

Bring supporting documents– verifying your citizenship and identity– to your local consulate or embassy along with your application form. Please bring the original and a copy for each document. The required supporting documentation varies based on the application form used.

Photos

One U.S. passport size photograph is required at the time of application.  It must be 2 x 2 in. (5 x 5 centimeters) with off-white background and in color. The photo must have been taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance. Click here for a complete list of passport photo requirements.

Fees

Routine Services: (Form DS-11)

Passport book age 16 and older: $135 USD.

Passport book under age 16: $105 USD.

Passport card age 16 and older: $55 USD.

Passport card under age 16: $40 USD.

Adult Renewals: (Form DS-82): $110 USD.

Methods of payment: All fees are payable in cash (U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos) or with most credit cards. The payment is done at the Consulate the time of your appointment.

Processing

Expedited processing is not available for passports when you apply from outside the United States. All passports requested from overseas are printed in the U.S. and sent to your embassy or consulate. In an emergency, embassies or consulates can issue limited validity passports. Contact them directly for more information.

The day of your appointment you will have to go through security screening.  You will find greeters and signs that will direct you to the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit screening line, and to the ACS waiting room.  It is essential that you have an ACS appointment before arriving to the Consulate for a Consular service (except for passport renewals for U.S. citizens or applicants with an Information Request Letter).

The American Citizen Services Unit can be reached by email at MonterreyACS@state.gov or by phone at (81) 8047-3145 on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. with the exception of American and Mexican holidays, and the following dates.

*Please note that electronic equipment, this includes cellular telephones, cameras (photo or video), radios, and computers, are not permitted inside the Consulate.  Suitcases, food, firearms, or any liquids including gel disinfectants are also not permitted.

First-time passport applicants in Mexico must provide proof of U.S. citizenship, and must bring original documents and a copy of each document.

You must submit ALL of the following:

1. Application.

* Completed passport application form DS-11. Do not print on the front and back of the same sheet and do not sign until you come to the Consulate.You must sign the form in front of the Consular Officer.

2. Evidence of U.S. citizenship.

* Primary evidence:

  • Certified copy of a long form U.S. birth certificate. (Abstracts or mutilated certificates cannot be accepted); OR
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA); OR
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, and birth certificate from place of birth.
  • If you are registered in Mexico with a Mexican birth certificate, please bring the Mexican birth certificate as well.

3. Identification.

  • Valid government-issued identification with signature (e.g. voter identification card, non-U.S. passport); OR
  • Current driver’s license.

And

  • Secondary identity documents over time:
  • School certificates with photo.
  • Old official identifications such as expired driver’s license or an expired passport.

These documents should ideally show a photo progression of the applicant using the applicant’s name.

And

– One 2X2 inches or “Visa” size photograph.

Please note that the above is required documentation for all first-time adult applicants, but the Consulate may request additional documentation to verify citizenship, identity, or other matters. Failure to bring these documents to the interview may result in delayed processing for your case.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please bring originals and one set of photocopies of each document per applicant.

* Please note that electronic equipment, this includes cellular telephones, cameras (photo or video), radios, and computers, are not permitted inside the Consulate. Suitcases, food, firearms, or any liquids including gel disinfectants are also not permitted.

You are elegible to renew your passport without an appointment if your most recent U.S. passport:

  • Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application;
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older;
  • Was issued within the last 15 years;
  • Was issued in your current name.

Applications are accepted between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.

For a passport renewal please present the following documents:

  • Completed application form DS-82;
  • Your previous U.S. passport;
  • U.S. long form birth certificate (if born in the U.S.)
  • One 2×2 inches or “Visa” size photograph.

Note: The previous passport will be canceled at the time of the application. Normal processing time for an adult passport renewal is within 3-6 weeks.

Very important: Please bring originals and one set of copies of each document per applicant.

* Please note that electronic equipment, this includes cellular telephones, cameras (photo or video), radios, and computers are not permitted inside the Consulate. Suitcases, food, firearms, or any liquids including gel disinfectants are also not permitted.

All minors (i.e. applicants under the age of 18)- including newborns and infants- must have their own passport when traveling internationally by air. Applicants aged 18 or older are considered adult applicants and should follow instructions for “First-Time Adult Applicants.”

Minor applying for a passport for the first time.

All minors applying for a passport must schedule an appointment.

The day of the appointment, the minor and both parents must:

1. Appear in person. In case one of the parents is unable to be present the day of the appointment, he/she should give a notarized consent, or DS-3053, to the other parent with a copy of his/her valid identification attached to it.

2. Complete the passport application form DS-11. Please do not sign the application until you come to the Consulate. It should be signed in front of the Consular Officer.

3. Provide evidence of minor’s U.S. citizenship. One of the following documents is required:

  • Original long form U.S. birth certificate;
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA);
  • Certificate of Naturalization;
  • Certificate of Citizenship.

4. Provide evidence of relationship between the minor and the parents or guardians (such as a birth certificate or court order of legal custody) and government-issued identification for both parents.

5. Provide evidence of two-parent consent. U.S. law requires that all parents listed on the birth certificate or all legal guardians provide consent authorizing passport issuance for minors aged 15 and under. For applicants aged 16-17 only one parent or guardian must appear with the minor.

6. If the child is registered as having been born in Mexico, please bring the Mexican birth certificate as well.

7. One 2×2 inches or “Visa” size photograph.

Please note that the above is required documentation for all minor applicants, but the Consulate may require additional documentation to verify citizenship, identity, parental relationship, or other matters. Failure to bring these documents to the interview may result in delayed processing for your case.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please bring original documents and one set of photocopies of each document per applicant. 

Minor passport renewal.

All minors applying for a passport renewal must schedule an appointment.

The following documents are required for a minor passport renewal:

  • – Completed form DS-11.
  • – Previous passport.
  • – Long form U.S. birth certificate.
  • – Mexican birth certificate (if child has dual nationality)
  • – One 2×2 inches or “Visa” size photograph.
    – Both parents/guardians present OR one parent/guardian present and the other parent’s/guardian’s notarized consent.
    – Parents’ or guardians’ current government-issued identifications.
    – Child must be present at the Consulate the day of the appointment.
    – Provide evidence of relationship between the minor and the parents (such as birth certificate, court order of legal custody). Please note that we cannot accept birth certificates issued in Mexico stating a birth occurred in the U.S.  or issued by a Mexican Consulate in the U.S.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please bring original documents and one set of photocopies for each document per applicant. 

* Please note that electronic equipment, this includes cellular telephones, cameras (photo or video), radios, and computers are not permitted inside the Consulate. Suitcases, food, firearms, or any liquids including gel disinfectants are also not permitted.

Our U.S. Citizens Service Unit encourages U.S. citizens to report the loss or theft of their passports to local authorities, and to obtain a police report.

Obtaining a replacement passport is a two-step process:

1. Schedule an appointment.

2. Apply as a first-time passport applicant. You will need to complete form DS-11 and DS-64 “Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport.”

The U.S. Citizens Services Unit will only issue emergency passports for U.S. citizens that are in need of urgent travel. In most cases, same-day issuance is possible for emergency passports. However, some cases might require the approval of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. prior to the issuance of the replacement passport.

* If the loss or theft of your U.S. passport occurs outside our regular office hours or you are not applying for a replacement passport, you can immediately file a report directly with the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) by dialing 1-877-487-2788 (toll free within the U.S.). If dialing from Mexico (not toll free), the number is 001-880-487-2778.

If you are 18 years of age or older and you were born outside the United States to one or both U.S. citizen parents and have never been documented as a U.S. citizen, you may apply for a U.S. passport.

Citizenship claims are by appointment only. Please review and complete all of the requirements below before making your appointment online.

At the time of your appointment, you must submit all of the following:

Completed passport application for DS-11. Please do not sign the form until you come to the Consulate. You must sign it in front of the Consular Officer.

– Completed form DS-5507, Affidavit of Parentage and Physical Presence, by the U.S. citizen parent(s).

One 2×2 inches or “Visa” size photograph.

Original copy of your Mexican birth certificate and a valid, government-issued identification with a photo (i.e. Mexican voter registration, card, Mexican passport, driver’s license, etc.).

Continuous proof of applicant’s identity.

Proof of U.S. parent’s citizenship. Please provide one of the following documents for one or both parents:

   * Original long form U.S. birth certificate (abstracts, short forms or mutilated certificates cannot be accepted.

   * Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship.

   * Consular Report of Birth Abroad and, if available, a U.S. passport.

If parent is deceased, please submit his/her/their death certificate.

– One or both U.S. parent’s current and valid, government-issued identification.

– Parent’s marriage/divorce certificate(s). If your parents were married, please provide the original marriage certificate and any prior divorce decrees (if applicable). If your parents were not married at the time of your birth, you must provide proof of the existence of your parents’ relationship at that time. For example, time-stamped photos, correspondence, lease agreements, receipts, financial statements, etc.

Proof of your U.S. citizen parent’s physical presence in the U.S. Please bring sufficient evidence of your U.S. citizen parent(s) physical presence in the U.S. prior to your date of birth. Some include, but are not limited to, school transcripts, employment records, income tax returns, Social Security Earning Statements, or any other evidence which shows that the U.S. citizen parent(s) resided in the U.S.

* Please note that electronic equipment, this include cellular telephones, cameras (photo or video), radios, and computers, are not permitted inside the Consulate. Suitcases, food, firearms, or any liquids including gel disinfectants are also not permitted.

Section 51.70(a)(8) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations states, in part, that if you are certified to Passport Services by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be in arrears of child support payments in excess of $2,500, you are ineligible to receive a U.S. passport. if this applied to you, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate state Child Support Enforcement Agency to make payment arrangements before applying for a passport.

This is because:

The state agency must certify to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that acceptable payment arrangements have been made.

Then, HHS must notify Passport Services through the removal of your name from the electronic list of individuals who are delinquent in payment of child support. A passport cannot be issued until your name has been deleted by HHS.

Please note that it can take 2-3 weeks from the time you make the payment arrangements with the State agency until your name is removed from HHS’ electronic list. Passport Services has no information concerning individuals’ child support obligations and has no authority to take action until HHS removes your name from its list.

Please direct any questions to the appropriate State Child Support Enforcement Agency.

You may go to the Department of Health and Human Services- State Child Support Enforcement web site for a listing of HHS state and local agencies.