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The Passport Application Process. What is a Passport?. According to the Law, a passport. Identifies the bearer as a U.S. citizen is valid for travel to foreign countries and return to the United States . A passport also….

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According to the Law, a passport

  • Identifies the bearer as a U.S. citizen

  • is valid for travel to foreign countries and return to the United States

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A passport also….

  • Is evidence of the bearer’s eligibility to receive the protection and assistance of U.S. diplomatic and consular offices while overseas.

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Required documents are…

  • A US Birth Certificate issued by State or County government

  • Previous passport

  • Naturalization certificate

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More Required Documents

  • Government issued photo ID of parents with signatures. If parents live in Mexico, this ID should be an IFE.

  • Photo of the applicant with in the past 6 months for use in the passport.

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Birth Certificates We Accept

  • Long form birth certificates issued by a US state or county government

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Birth Certificates We Do Not Accept

  • Short Form or Abstracts

  • Birth Certificate Cards

  • Laminated Birth Certificates

  • Photocopies

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Important Documents…

  • Proof of applicant’s identity such as an ID card with picture, school records with pictures or pictures from birth to present of applicant.

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Proof of Mother’s presence when applicant was born.

Such items can be:

Hospital Documents when applicant was born

Salary receipts

Consular card

Tax statements

Utility bills

Passport and Visa

Even More Required Documents

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Consent Form

  • A consent form is needed when one of the parents is not present to apply. By law both parents must sign a child’s application. A child is considered to be a person under the age of 16.

  • The consent form gives permission for one parent to apply for a passport for the child.

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Requirements for Consent

  • Must be Notarized

  • Must included the child’s name and date of birth

  • Must be signed within 90 days of the interview

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Requirements for Consent

  • Must say “apply for a passport”

  • Must be signed by the parent(s) and be accompanied by a copy of their valid, government issued photo ID with signature

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Responsibility against Fraud

It is EVERYBODY’S responsibility to guard against fraud

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Responsibility against Fraud

If an applicant knowingly commits Fraud in order to apply for a passport, the penalties are very strong.

Also if a person assisting the applicant commits Fraud or is a part of the Fraud committed by the applicant, punishment is severe.

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Responsibility against Fraud

If a person is found guilty of committing Fraud or assisting a person who is committing Fraud, that person could:

  • Be fined

  • Go to jail

  • Be permanently ineligible for a U.S. tourist visa

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Cost and Payment

  • The passport for a minor costs $85

  • We will not accept cash, instead we will accept:

    - Cashier’s Checks from Mexican Bank

    - Cashier’s Checks from US Bank

    - Money Order

    Made out to “U.S. Embassy, Mexico City”

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Our Contacts


US Embassy – 55 5080-2000

Michael Cathey / Rocio Morales

[email protected]

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Where to apply for a U.S. passport?

  • US Embassy Mexico City - (internet appointments only)

    E-mail: [email protected] Fax: (01-55) 5203-5153

    Recorded information: (01-55) 5080-2000 ext 5700 (spanish) & 5800 (english)

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  • Consulado en Guadalajara, Jalisco- (internet appointments only)

    E-mail: [email protected]  Fax: (01-33) 3825-1951.

    Recorded information: (01-33) 3268-2200.

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