Adult First-Time Passport (Age 16+)

Please follow the instructions on this page if you are age 16 or older, have never had a U.S. passport, and you have a claim to U.S. citizenship through birth in the United States, birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, or naturalization.   Your new passport will be valid for 10 years.

Application Requirements

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  1.  Proof of U.S. citizenship – one of the following original
    documents
  • U.S. Birth Certificate from the state where you were born.  The National Center for Health Statistics maintains a list of states’ contact information for this purpose
  • U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    If you are under age 18 and were born overseas to a U.S. citizen parent, you should first apply for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad and once that is approved you can apply for a U.S. passport.  If you are age 18 or over, you are no longer eligible to receive a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad but you can apply directly for a first-time U.S. passport.  Verify that you were eligible to obtain U.S. citizenship at birth.
  1. Proof of Identity– one of the following original documents:
  • Valid passport of any country
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license with photograph
  • Valid U.S. or State government ID card
  • U.S. military ID card
  • Foreign national identity card with photograph
    If you do not have any personal identification it will be necessary for you to be accompanied by a family member (mother/father/brother/sister) with a valid passport, preferably U.S., who will be required to make a sworn statement identifying you. This family member must be over the age of 18;
  1. Passport application:Complete and print the application using the on-line Passport Wizard, which will help you to complete the DS-11 form.    It must be printed on separate sheets of paper; do not print this form on front and back of the same sheet.  You should not sign the passport application until you appear at the U.S. Embassy.  Applicants aged 16 and over must sign their own application.
  2. Photo: One color 5 cm x 5 cm (2in x 2in) photograph
  1. Fees: $135.00, payable in cash (either U.S. dollar or dinar)
  2. Other Documents that may be required:
  • Name change documentation: If you have changed your name since your proof of citizenship was issued, you will be required to furnish name change documentation, e.g. your original marriage certificate or court order showing your name change.
  • Any foreign passport that you may currently hold, have held, or been included in
  • Your foreign (non U.S.) naturalization certificate: if you have acquired another nationality through naturalization or registration since the issuance of your proof of citizenship;

Requesting an appointment
Once you have all of the above, please request an appointment on-line.  Appointments are generally available Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Processing Time / Pick-up
Once your application is complete and approved, your new passport will be printed in the United States and sent to the U.S. Embassy in Algiers.  You should allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be processed, and you will receive an email when your passport is ready for pick-up.  You may designate in writing to have someone pick up the passport on your behalf.

If you have emergency travel and cannot wait for a full-validity passport to be printed in the United States, see our information on Emergency passports.