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Procedures and Fees

Routine passport applications are received at the Embassy every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., U.S. and local holidays excepted.  Routine passport applications are sent to the U.S. for issuance; the Department of State sends the new passports back to the Embassy for delivery to the applicant.  Please note:  it takes approximately two to three weeks for the new passport to arrive at the Embassy after the application is received.

The fee for first-time issuance of an adult passport (over 16 years of age) is US $135.  The fee for renewal of an adult passport is US $110.  The fee for first-time issuance or renewal of a minor's passport (16 and under) is US $105.  The equivalent amounts may be paid in Cape Verdean Escudos.  Payment must be made at the time of application, and must be made in cash only -- credit cards or personal or traveler's checks are not accepted. 

Each passport applicant must submit the following documents (please see below for additional documentation needed regarding issuance of passports to minors when both parents are not present):

  • Form DS-11 (for first-time applicants or renewals of minors' passports), or Form DS-82 (for most adult passport renewals);
  • Two photographs, 2x2 inches square, non-Polaroid, with a matte finish showing a full view of the applicant's face with a light-colored background;
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (previous passport or U.S. birth certificate/consular report of birth abroad);
  • Photo identification;
  • Proof of payment of passport fee; and
  • Any additional documents requested by the consular officer.

Note:  Lost or stolen passports should be immediately reported both to the Embassy and to the local police.

Additionally, all U.S. Citizens are encouraged to register their presence with the Embassy, as it will facilitate passport issuance in the event of a lost or stolen passport.

Emergency Passports

Emergency U.S. passports are issued only in extraordinary circumstances, usually involving medical reasons, a death in the the family, or the commission of a serious crime against a U.S. citizen requiring urgent travel back to the United States. 

Please be aware that the rules for emergency passport issuance are strict, and a consular officer will determine if your situation meets the standard for an emergency.  The need to travel on short notice (including vacation travel) is generally not considered sufficient in and of itself to permit the issuance of an emergency passport.

Additional Notes Regarding Issuance of Passports to Minors

In compliance with U.S. law, both parents of minors under 16 years of age must be physically present to sign the passport application.  Parents of minors should also bring a certified or original birth certificate establishing a parental relationship to the passport appointment.

An absent parent can submit a signed DS-3053 (pdf 28kb) giving permission for the issuance of a passport to the minor child.  Please remember, however, that in most cases at least one of the two parents must be physically present to sign the passport application in front of the consular officer.  An applicant who is 16 years or older must sign his/her own application.  Parents should also bring photographs of their children showing their progression in age from the time of the last passport.  

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