Passport Services

Welcome to the Passport Services! The ability of U.S. embassies and consulates to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens continues to be limited.  As U.S. embassies and consulates reopen their services to the public in a phased and safe approach during COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and U.S. Consulates General in Lahore and Karachi will resume limited in-person passport appointments and notarial services beginning on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  Appointments will be scheduled based on prioritized service needs including:

  • Children who have yet to be documented for the first time as U.S. citizens.
  • U.S. citizens who are traveling outside of Pakistan within six weeks and must renew their passports before travel.
  • U.S. citizens who do not have travel plans, but for documentation purposes need to renew their expired passports or who have passports that will expire within six weeks.
  • Parents of U.S. citizen minors who are providing written and notarized authorization to renew or apply for their child’s passport (DS-3053 Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. passport to a Minor Under Age 16).
  • Emergency notarial services.

If you are seeking services in one of the categories mentioned above, please contact the appropriate section listed below to schedule an appointment.  You may be asked to provide additional documentation to confirm the appointment.

Actions to take:

To request an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad:

Use the Embassy’s online appointment system.

To request an appointment at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi:

Use the Consulate’s online appointment system.

To request an appointment at the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore:

Use the Consulate’s online appointment system.

Applicants must follow all safety precautions, including wearing a mask, social-distancing, and presenting themselves on-time to their scheduled appointment. Please review the Embassy website at https://pk.usembassy.gov/

Before requesting an appointment, please read the instructions below carefully.

How to Apply for or Renew your Passport

Passport applicants are encouraged to use the Department of State Passport Wizard tool to determine the appropriate application forms, fees and photo requirements.

On the final page of the Passport Wizard, you will see the options “Complete by Hand” and “Form Filler.” Applicants are encouraged to use the “Form Filler” option. The Form Filler will collect your information online and automatically generate a completed PDF to print and bring to your appointment. Once you have filled out the application online and printed a copy, you may contact ACS to schedule an appointment.

If you are unable to use the form filler tool, you may print form DS-11 (PDF 141KB), DS-82 (PDF 108KB) or DS-5504 (PDF 110KB) and complete it by hand.

Tips for using the Form Filler tool:

  • Begin your application by clicking on “Submit” under the “Fill Out Online and Print” column.
  • Form Filler will begin as a form DS-11 by default, but it will generate a PDF of the correct form at the end (DS-11, DS-82, DS-5504, etc.) based on your responses.
  • Please ensure you enter your email address on the application form correctly. The consulate will use this address to notify you when your passport is ready for collection.
  • For the question “was your most recent passport book limited for two years or less?” only select “yes” if the passport you are renewing was an emergency passport issued by a consulate or embassy overseas. If the passport you are renewing was limited to two or four years because it is a second passport, select “no.”
  • Overseas posts have no expedited service or overnight delivery. Selecting these will have no effect on the processing of your application or the fee you are charged at your interview.
  • To print your application, scroll to the bottom of the final page, check the box for acknowledgement, and click the blue “Create Form” button. This will generate the PDF that you must print and bring to your appointment.

Children Under 16

  • Application form DS-11.  Please do not sign!
  • Applicant’s current passport and photocopy of bio page
  • Original birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
  • Both parents must attend the interview and present government issued photo ID or provide a completely filled out DS-3053 (Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. passport to a Minor Under Age 16) and a copy of the non-applying parent’s photo ID.  Please note the DS-3053 cannot be locally notarized.
  • Passport photo of applicant: 2 inch by 2 inch (5 cm by 5 cm) square on a white background. See requirements here.
  • Every applicant who has been issued a Social Security Number (SSN) must enter it on their passport application.  If you do not know your SSN, you must obtain it from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Manila prior to your passport appointment.  You can reach them by email at FBU.Manila@ssa.gov
  • Fee payment of $115 accepted at interview via credit card, U.S. currency, and/or Pakistani rupees. If paying in cash, please provide exact change.
  • In some cases other documents may be needed such as age progression photos, custody documents, etc.  Additional guidance available here.

Applicants Age 16 and 17

  • Application form DS-11.  Please do not sign!
  • Applicant’s current passport and photocopy of bio page
  • One parent should attend interview to show parental awareness
  • Passport photo of applicant: 2 inch by 2 inch (5 cm by 5 cm) square on a white background. See requirements here.
  • Every applicant who has been issued a Social Security Number (SSN) must enter it on their passport application.  If you do not know your SSN, you must obtain it from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Manila prior to your passport appointment.  You can reach them by email at FBU.Manila@ssa.gov
  • Fee payment of $145 accepted at interview via credit card, U.S. currency, and/or Pakistani rupees. If paying in cash, please provide exact change.
  • For more specific information about parental awareness and other requirements, please see additional guidance here.

Adult Renewals

  • For first time adults (over 16 years having a previously issued passport valid for 5 years), complete the DS-11 application form.  Please do not sign!
  • For adults (having a previously issued passport for 10 years), complete the DS-82 application form.
  • If you are replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport, you must complete the DS-11 application form.
  • Passport photo of applicant: 2 inch by 2 inch (5 cm by 5 cm) square on a white background. See requirements here.
  • Every applicant who has been issued a Social Security Number (SSN) must enter it on their passport application.  If you do not know your SSN, you must obtain it from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in Manila prior to your passport appointment.  You can reach them by email at FBU.Manila@ssa.gov
  • Fee payment of $145 (for DS-11) or $110 (for DS-82) accepted at interview via credit card, U.S. currency, and/or Pakistani rupees. If paying in cash, please provide exact change.
  • For more specific information, please see additional guidance here.

Can I mail in the passport application or apply online while applying in Pakistan?

Unfortunately we do not offer this service in Pakistan at the moment. All applicants must come in person to submit the passport application.

Do I have to make an appointment to apply at U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Pakistan?

Due to COVID-19, the number of appointments we are able to offer is limited and our online appointments system is closed.  To request an appointment, send an email to your nearest ACS section (ACSIslamabad@state.govACSKarachi@state.gov, or ACSLahore@state.gov).

Will my and my child’s passports be mailed back to my mailing address in Pakistan?

Unfortunately we do not offer this service in Pakistan at the moment. All applicants must come in person to collect the passport application.

Can I pay for my and/or my child’s passports through checks or online?

No. We only accept payment in cash (Dollar/Pak Rupees) OR credit card.

Can I request expedited service in order to get my passport quicker?

Expedited service is not available in Pakistan. Applicants should expect at least 10 business days for processing, plus allowing time for delivery, in order to pick up their passport. We will notify you when your passport is ready to be picked up.

What do I need to bring to my child’s passport appointment?

Are there additional requirements for a passport renewal for a minor, aged 5 and above?

Yes, parents renewing the passport for a child aged 5 and above and who have had one previously issued U.S. passport at the time of birth, are required to carry the child’s age progression photographs along with them for the interview. The age progression photographs do not have to be 2×2’ inches.  They should be pictures of the child with at least one of the parents and have one photograph for every 6 months to correctly verify the child’s progressions. For queries related to age progression, please contact Islamabad, Karachi or Lahore before your interview.

What do I need to bring to my CRBA appointment?

Please click here for a complete checklist of documents.

Can I submit a locally notarized parental consent form (DS-3053)?

We only accept documents notarized by a U.S. based notary public or by a U.S. Consular Officer (notarized at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate General).

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ANNOUNCEMENT:  Beginning on May 30, U.S. Embassy Islamabad and U.S. Consulates General Karachi and Lahore will begin accepting mail-in adult U.S. passport renewal applications with online fee payment.  Paying online allows you to mail your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to pay in person.  Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $110 passport renewal fee online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or PayPal.  Please see our online renewal eligibility wizard  to determine if you are eligible for online fee payment.

Please note that the online fee option is limited to U.S. citizens residing in Pakistan.  U.S. citizens who reside outside of Pakistan are not eligible for the online fee payment option currently.  Online fee payment is currently available for adult passport book renewals only.  If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the embassy or consulate nearest you.

Eligibility Requirements for Mail-In U.S. Citizen Adult Passport Renewals

In order to use the online payment system, you must answer YES to all of the following:

  • I can submit my most recent U.S. passport book by mail with my renewal application;
  • I was at least 16 years old when my most recent passport book was issued;
  • I was issued my most recent U.S. passport book less than 15 years ago;
  • My most recent U.S. passport book has a validity of 10 years from issuance to expiration;
  • My most recent U.S. passport book was issued in my current name (or I can document my name change by submitting marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order with my passport application;) and
  • I currently reside in and/or have a valid mailing address in Pakistan.

If you do not meet these criteria, please see “Apply for a Passport” for instructions on making an appointment to submit a passport application in person at the Embassy/Consulate.

Instructions for DS-82 Processing by Mail and Online Fee Payment – for U.S. citizens residing in Pakistan

(Available starting on May 30 at 12:01 a.m. EST)

Step 1:  SIGN and complete the DS-82 Passport Renewal Form.  Type or print clearly in blank ink.

*NOTE:  You must provide a Social Security number, if you been issued one.  If you do not have a Social Security number, please click here.

Step 2:  Obtain one WHITE background color passport photo 2” x 2” (5 x 5 cm) taken within the past six months; no eyeglasses.  See more information on photo requirements.

Step 3:  Include one photocopy (color or black and white) of the data page of your previous U.S. passport.

Step 4:  Include the passport you are renewing in the package you provide to the courier service.

Step 5:  Name change documents (if applicable) (original + 1 photocopy)

If you would like to change the name on your new passport due to marriage, divorce, or court order, please include proof of your name change.  Documents must be original with English translation if applicable (e.g., Marriage certificate, Divorce Decree, Court Order).

Step 6:  Pay the $110 passport application fee via the U.S. government’s secure payment site.  After successfully paying the fee, you must print the electronic payment confirmation you receive via email and include it in the package you deliver to the courier.

Step 7:  Contact the courier service to arrange dropping off your renewal form, passport, and fee receipt at one of their locations throughout Pakistan by email at customerservices@tcs.com.pk or by telephone at 021-111-123-456.

Step 8:  Your new passport will be delivered via the courier service either to a regional office or directly to your home.  Passport processing takes approximately three to six weeks.