Emergency Passports

Know before You Apply

When a U.S. citizen has an urgent need to travel, the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit can process and print an emergency passport.  You do not need an appointment and may apply for an emergency passport Monday – Friday from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. If you are planning to come outside this hours please contact us via email. Emergency passports are usually valid for 3 months (with rare exceptions) and ready for pick-up at the ACS Unit Monday – Friday after 3:00 p.m.  Please note that the ACS Unit cannot issue emergency passports outside of business hours or on weekends or holidays and administrative days.

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas cannot mail passports to recipients in the United States nor can U.S. Passport Agencies mail passports to recipients in Venezuela or to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas.  You must receive your passport from the country where you applied.

Requirements for All Applicants

When you have completed all the steps below and have all documents in order, you are to submit your application to the ACS Unit.  Please note, if you do not have all your documents in order, you may be asked to return to the ACS Unit at a later date, which may delay your travel plans.  Keep in mind that the Consular Officer has the discretion to request more information.  The ACS Unit does not receive passport applications outside of business hours, on weekends on holidays and administrative days or via email, internet or fax.  If you have questions, please email the ACS Unit at ACSvenezuela@state.gov.

Step 1: Prepare Your Application

Form DS-11
Complete form DS-11 and bring it UNSIGNED with you on the day of your interview.  You will be required to sign it in the presence of a Consular Officer at the time of your interview.

Form DS-64 (if applicable)
Complete form DS-64 and bring it with you on the day of your interview.  You must be able to explain the condition of your previous passport.

Crime Report (if applicable)
If your passport was stolen, please present a police report documenting the theft of your passport.

Evidence of Your Emergency
Please bring evidence of your urgent need travel to your interview.  For example, you can present a flight itinerary, a crime report, or a medical report.  Emergency passports are generally issued when:

  • Waiting for a full validity passport to arrive from the United States would cause the applicant medical, personal, financial, or other hardship;
  • An applicant must travel due to illness or death of a relative;
  • Passports are lost or stolen and the applicant has an urgent need to travel; and
  • Any other circumstance forces the applicant to be in the United States in a short period of time.

Evidence of the Applicant’s U.S. Citizenship
All passport applications must include valid and original documentation of citizenship.  You must present at least one of the following original documents.  Photocopies or notarized/certified copies are not accepted.

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Certified U.S. birth certificate (must meet all of the following requirements):
  1. Issued by the City, County, or State of birth
  2. Lists bearer’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth
  3. Lists parent(s) full names
  4. Has date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
  5. Has registrar’s signature
  6. Has embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal of registrar

Evidence of the Applicant’s Identity
All passport applications must include valid and original documentation of identity.  You must present at least one of the following original documents.  Photocopies or notarized/certified copies are not accepted.

  • Venezuelan Passport or cédula
  • Valid and signed government-issued photo ID.

Two (2) Passport-Sized Photos
Photos must be in color, 2 inches by 2 inches, and on a white background.  Photos should show the full face and ears of the applicant.  See examples of acceptable photos.

Copies of Original Documents
You must make copies of all original documents, including passports and IDs that you will present with your application.  If you do not have copies, you will be asked to return with copies.  Photocopies must be on white, 8 ½ x 11’ standard paper stock (letter size).  All copies must be single-sided.

Step 2: Submit Your Application

Present your application materials in person at the ACS Unit at the embassy on the day of your interview.

Step 3: Pay Fees

Pay the application fee in cash in U.S. dollars or with a U.S. credit card at the embassy on the day of your interview.  All fees are non-refundable.  The fee for your emergency passport for an Adult is $145.00 and for a Minor (under 16 years of age) is $115.00. All fees are non-refundable.

Step 4: Request Your Full Validity Passport

Applicants who pay for an emergency U.S. passport are entitled to a no-fee full validity passport within one year of receipt of the emergency passport.  You may choose from the following:

  1. Apply at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas (if you live in Venezuela): You may apply for your full validity passport at the same time that you apply for your emergency passport or you may apply when you return from your travels.  When you decide to apply for your full validity passport, please fill out form DS-5504 and prepare your application following the instructions to renew a U.S. passport.
  2. Apply in the United States (if you live in the United States): You may apply for your full validity passport at a Passport Center in the United States.  Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for complete instructions.