Applying for a U.S. passport
To apply for a U.S. passport at the Embassy or Consulate, applicants will need to provide their Social Security numbers. Questions related to this requirement should be directed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
All non-emergency passports are processed in the United States. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Kazakhstan accept passport applications and then forward them electronically to the United States for printing. Processing time averages two weeks, but delays can occur in some cases. Accordingly, we urge everyone to renew their passports at least several months prior to their expiration.
Under certain urgent circumstances, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate can issue emergency passports, typically within 24 hours. These emergency passports are limited in validity and cannot be extended. Emergency passports must be exchanged for full-validity passports upon completion of emergency travel.
Make an appointment for passport services
Passport for children under 16
A child’s identity must be verified to the satisfaction of the consular officer before he or she can receive a U.S. passport. As a child’s appearance may change significantly over time, the consular officer may ask for additional proof of identity. Please bring as much evidence of a child applicant’s identity as possible. Examples of items that can be used to establish a child’s identity include:
- Passport issued by another country
- School ID card with photo
- Police/immigration registration record with attached photo
- Age progression photos (i.e., a series of family photographs taken at various ages since the child’s last passport was issued–for example, if the child is now five years old and the passport was issued shortly after his/her birth, bring family photos showing the child at ages one, two, three and four).
Please note: you will not be able to bring any electronic devices into the Consular Section, so please have photos printed out for review.
In general, both parents and the child need to appear in person to apply for both first and renewal passports. Applicants must bring with them to their appointments:
- DS-11 Passport Application Form
- One two inch by two inch (five cm. by five cm.) professional quality color photo taken against a white background (eyeglasses are not permitted)
- Child’s birth certificate
- Child’s expiring passport, if relevant
- Both parents’ passports
- Application fee ($115)
Note: Original passports and birth certificates are returned to applicants immediately after their interviews.
If a parent or guardian is unable to appear in person with a child applicant, they must provide a Statement of Consent (form DS-3053).
- In such cases, the signature of the absent parent on Form DS-3053 must be notarized.
- The notary who notarized the absent parent’s signature must properly notate the parent’s ID information on Form DS-3053.
- A photocopy of the non-present parent’s identification is required along with their written consent.
- The Statement of Consent must have been signed and notarized within 90 days of the passport appointment.
- Parents applying for their child’s first U.S. passport should also review the section on Birth registration.
Replacing an expired or soon-to-expire adult passport
In general, applicants are required to bring the following to their appointments:
- DS-82 passport application form*
- One two-inch by two-inch (five cm. by five cm.) professional quality color photo taken against a white background (eyeglasses are not permitted)
- Application fee ($110)
Note: Original passports are returned to applicants immediately after their interviews.
*NB: If an applicant’s last passport was issued before they reached the age of 16, they are required to complete the DS-11 passport application instead of the DS-82. The fee for this service is also slightly higher, at $145 instead of $110.
Name Changes and Other Amendments
As a security enhancement, we no longer amend valid passports. Instead, customers requesting name changes, extension of validity for limited passports or correction of a printing error will apply for replacement passports. If the change is within one year after issuance, they will submit a DS-5504 Application for a U.S. Passport – Corrections, Name Change within 1 Year of Passport Issuance, and Limited Passport Holders together with the passport that needs the change, the documentation required, and new passport pictures. There will be no charge. If the change is more than one year after issuance, customers will need to submit an application for a new passport and pay the normal fees.
What to Expect When You Visit the Embassy
We suggest arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for security checks at the Embassy entrance.
When you arrive, let the guards know that you have an appointment with the American Citizen Services Unit. You will be asked to show photo ID.
Our guards will check your belongings. Cameras, mobile phones and other electronic devices are not allowed inside the Embassy.
Consulate guards are not allowed to store laptops or other large electronic devices. Please do not bring any laptops or other large electronic devices to your appointment.