Passport Services

The U.S. Embassy, Consulates, and Consular Agencies in Brazil accept passport applications of U.S. Citizens residing or traveling in Brazil.

Applying for a U.S. passport while outside the United States is a different process from applying for a U.S. passport while inside the United States. Although the application forms, supporting documentation, fees and finished products are the same everywhere, each U.S. Embassy and Consulate or Consular Agency has different procedures for submitting and processing your final documents.

Required documents for first passport: 

  • Application form: Complete DS-11 online and print.
    If you experience trouble with the Passport Application Wizard, click Form DS-11 (PDF – 90kb)
  • Copies of all original documents along with the originals that prove U.S. citizenship (passport, ID card, birth certificate or report of birth abroad, or naturalization certificate).
  • Social Security number
  • One recent, color photograph 2×2 inches (5×5 cm)
  • Fee

If you are applying from outside of the United States, do not follow the submission instructions included within the application form, which are intended for people applying from within the United States. The same application forms are used whether you are inside or outside the U.S., though the process for submitting the form will be different.

  • Provide your travel plans and emergency contact: This information is not required, but may be helpful in processing your application and in assisting you in the future.
  • Complete the mailing address field with a Brazil address, either your home address or the address where you are staying.
  • Forms must be printed on separate sheets of paper; do not print the form on front and back of the same sheet.
  • All forms must be completed (but not signed) before your appointment.
To apply for a passport for minor children, for renewals, etc, please see the information below.
To schedule an appointment at the Embassy or at one of the Consulates in Brazil , please see the “online scheduling” information on the side of this page.

Passport Delivery

U.S. passports and cards approved at the Embassy in Brasilia and the Consulate General in Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre or Sao Paulo are returned via registered mail through the Brazilian postal system (Correios) following the procedure described below

Brasilia:
The U.S. Embassy in Brasília, uses the Brazilian Correios. Applicants can have their passports, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and/or passport card(s) sent back via SEDEX, for details on arranging passport delivery please email brasiliaacs@state.gov prior to your appointment.

Porto Alegre:
To receive your U.S. passport book, or U.S. passport card by mail you must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Note:
– Envelope must be for registered mail;
– Stamps should be in the amount of approximately 100 grams;
– Bring one envelope for each service

If you do not provide us with a self-addressed stamped envelope, either you or a person you designate must pick up your document in person at the Consulate. Note that if a third party comes to pick up your document, he/she will need to present the e-mail sent by the consulate or a written authorization from the applicant.

Recife:  
The Consulate General in Recife uses the Brazilian Correios. Applicants can have passports sent back via SEDEX, for details on arranging passport delivery please email recifeacs@state.gov.

Rio de Janeiro:
The Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro uses the Brazilian Correios. Applicants can have passports sent back via SEDEX, which can be arranged at the time of their appointment for delivery of U.S. passports and cards.

São Paulo:
To receive your U.S. passport book, or U.S. passport card by mail you must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Note:
– Envelope must be for registered mail;
– Stamps should be in the amount of approximately 100 grams;
– Bring one envelope for each service

If you do not provide us with a stamped envelope, either you or a person you designate must pick up your document in person at the Consulate. Note that if a third party comes to pick up your document, he/she will need to present the e-mail sent by the consulate or a written authorization from the applicant.

To enhance the accurate identification of passport applicants and aid in the prevention of international child abduction and trafficking, the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs requires the personal presence of all minors applying for U.S. passports. This applies to all regular, official and diplomatic passports for children under the age of 16, even if the child has previously been issued a passport.

When applying for a U.S. passport for minors parents are required to have their child present and submit documentation of parental relationship and consent.

Required documents:

    • Documentation of parental relationship (e.g. the child’s original birth certificate, report of birth abroad, or adoption decree)
    • Documents that prove U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or report of birth abroad)
  • Application forms:
    • Complete DS-11 online and print.
    • If you experience trouble with the Passport Application Wizard, click on Form DS-11 (PDF 90KB).
    • DS-3053 (PDF 29KB) (Notarized Statement of Consent and a certified copy of the other non-applying parent’s ID document – if a parent cannot be present for the appointment). The non-applying parent must sign and date Form DS-3053 in the presence of the certified notary public.

      Note: Brazilian notaries (cartórios) sometimes notarize documents without the person present and in their seal use the phrase “por semelhança” — this will not be accepted.

    • DS-5525 (PDF 41KB) (Statement of Exigent/ Special Family Circumstances – if one parent cannot be located to give parental authorization)
  • One recent, color photograph 2×2 inches (5×5 cm)
  • In case of passport renewals, if the child’s physical appearance has changed significantly since the last passport photograph, the Embassy/Consulate may request transitional photos as proof of identification.
  • Social Security Number
  • Fee

Note: Effective October 1, 2016, you must provide your Social Security number, if you have been issued one, on your application for a U.S. passport, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

If you or your child does not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have/(Child’s full name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

Your passport application will be delayed or denied if you do not provide a Social Security number or a statement declaring that a Social Security number has not been issued to you. Contact the Social Security Administration for information about obtaining a new or replacement Social Security number and card.

For more information about the US passport for minor children click here.

To schedule an appointment at the Embassy or at one of the Consulates in Brazil , please see the “online scheduling” information on the side of this page.

We encourage U.S. Citizens to renew their passports even before they expire.To shorten the time spent at the Embassy, Consulates and Consular Agency, we recommend you complete and print all necessary passport forms using the Passport Wizard and bring them to your appointment.

You must complete and bring  Form DS-11 if any of the following are true:

  • You have never had a U.S. passport,
  • Your expired passport has been lost, stolen or damaged,
  • You were under age 16 when your most recent passport was issued,
  • Your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

You must complete and bring Form DS-82 if all of the following are true of your most recent U.S. passport:

  • Undamaged and can be submitted with your application,
  • Issued when you were age 16 or older,
  • Issued within the last 15 years, and
  • Issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change.

Passports for Children

 

Please see our passport for minor children guide for helpful tips on preparing for your appointment.

All children must appear in person. Parents must sign the passport application for all children under age 16. The child’s birth certificate, parents’ or guardians’ own passports or other legal identification, and a copy of the court-ordered guardianship, if applicable, are required. If the old passport contains a baby photo, you will need to present progression photos to verify identity of the applicant.

If one parent is unavailable to appear for the interview, an original, notarized Statement of Consent is required, along with a copy of the absent parent’s signed photo identification, which was presented to the notary.  The Statement of Consent is only valid for a period of 90 days.

DS-82 Applicants

If you qualify to renew your passport with Form DS-82, you may arrange for a third party to submit your passport, form DS-82 and photo, and pay the required fee personally at the consular section cashier. Payment may be made, by appointment only and must be received at the time of service. Payment may be made in cashAll posts and consular agencies accept Reais and international credit cards (the amount charged will be in USD). Payments can also be made in U.S. dollars in Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The DS-82 needs to be signed and dated by the applicant before submission and the signature must match the signature on the previous passport.  Please note that if you choose to use a third party to complete your passport renewal, the U.S. Government takes no responsibility and is in no way liable for the actions of the third party. If you or your child does not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have/(Child’s full name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

Many countries require that your U.S. passport have as much as 6 months validity remaining for entry.  If your passport doesn’t have the required validity, renew it today to avoid the cost and stress of waiting until the last minute.

To schedule an appointment at the Embassy or at one of the Consulates in Brazil , please see the “online scheduling” information on the side of this page.

If you need to travel immediately to the United States and need a new passport to do so, the Embassy or Consulate can assist you by issuing an emergency passport. Contact the closest Embassy or Consulate to schedule an emergency appointment and bring the following documents to your appointment.

Documents required to apply for an emergency passport:

You must complete and bring Form DS-11 if any of the following are true:

  • You have never had a U.S. passport,
  • Your expired passport has been lost, stolen or damaged,
  • You were under age 16 when your most recent passport was issued,
  • Your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

 Documents required:

  • Completed and printed form DS-11 online
  • If you experience trouble with the Passport Application Wizard, try this link to form DS-11 (PDF – 90KB)
  • If your passport was lost or stolen, you will need to fill out a DS-64 (PDF – 785KB) and also bring:
    • Photo identification such as a driver license, if available.
    • Proof of citizenship, such as a U.S. birth certificate, Naturalization Certificate, or prior U.S. passport, if available.
    • Please bring a police report of the loss or theft. The police report is needed to exit Brazil and to replace your Brazilian entry stamp by the Brazilian Immigration Service, in addition to being important to any insurance claims you might make.
    • A copy of your U.S. passport, if available.
  • One recent, color photograph  2×2 inches (5×5 cm) on a white background.
  • You will have to pay a fee.

You must complete and bring Form DS-82 if all of the following are true of your most recent U.S. passport:

  • Undamaged and can be submitted with your application,
  • Issued when you were age 16 or older,
  • Issued within the last 15 years, and
  • Issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change.

Documents required:

  • Completed and printed form DS-82 online
  • One recent, color photograph  2×2 inches (5×5 cm) on a white background.
  •  A copy of your U.S. passport
  • Social Security number
  • You will have to pay a fee.

Note: Effective October 1, 2016, you must provide your Social Security number, if you have been issued one, on your application for a U.S. passport, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

If you or your child does not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have/(Child’s full name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

Your passport application will be delayed or denied if you do not provide a Social Security number or a statement declaring that a Social Security number has not been issued to you. Contact the Social Security Administration for information about obtaining a new or replacement Social Security number and card.

Note: Recife Consulate and Fortaleza Consular Agency will only accept local currency: “Reais” or international credit card. Other Consulates and Agencies will accept USD, local currency: “Reais” and international credit cards.

If your passport has been lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately to help protect yourself against identity theft and to prevent someone else from using the passport.

Report Your Lost or Stolen Passport Online

You may now electronically submit form DS-64 to report your passport lost or stolen!

  1. Simply click the following link to get started: https://pptform.state.gov/.
  2. After clicking on the above link, you will be directed to a secure portal. Navigate to the tab labeled “Report Lost or Stolen” and click “Submit”. You will be asked to enter personal information and information regarding your lost or stolen passport.
  3. Once you submit the form online, you will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your request.  A couple days later, you will receive an email (or letter by mail, if you chose that option) confirming that your passport was entered into our Consular Lost and Stolen Database.

Department of State regulations do not allow applicants to request passport amendments to make any changes to the biometric page of your passport (including name change due to marriage or other legal change, corrections to sex, date and/or place of birth).

If any of this information has changed or is incorrect, you must apply for a new passport.

Use the chart below to determine how to correct, change or update information in your U.S. Passport.

What type of correction or change is needed? How long since the passport was issued? Will I be charged? See Instructions for & Submit…
Printing Error
(spelling error or incorrect date of birth)
Anytime during the validity of the passport No
  • Complete DS-5504 online and print
  • Bring your passport
Name Change One year or less from date of issue No
  • Complete DS-5504 online and print
  • One  Photo  (if required)
  • Bring your passport
Name Change
(legally documented)
More than one year from date of issue Yes (Fee)
  • Complete DS-82 online and print
  • One  photo
  • Bring your passport
Name Change
(If you cannot legally document your name change)
Anytime Yes (Fee)
  • Complete DS-11 online and print
  • One photo + Additional documents required by Form DS-11.
Replacement of a Limited Passport Less than one year No
  • Complete DS-5504 online and print
  • One  photo
  • Bring your passport
Replacement of a Limited Passport More than one year Yes (Fee)
  • Complete DS-82 online and print
  • One photo
  • Bring your passport

 

If you experience trouble with the Passport Application Wizard to fill out the online applications click below to download:

To schedule an appointment at the Embassy or at one of the Consulates in Brazil , please see the “online scheduling” information on the side of this page.

For cost and security reasons, the U.S. Department of State no longer offers the option of additional visa pages for U.S. passports. Since October 1, 2014, all embassies and consulates worldwide have been issuing only 52-page passport books for full-validity passports.  Since January 1st, 2016, applicants who need extra pages must apply to renew their passports and will be issued the standard 52-page book. Instructions on how to renew your passport can be found on the Citizen Services section of the US Embassy website.

 

Note: Effective October 1, 2016, you must provide your Social Security number, if you have been issued one, on your application for a U.S. passport, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

If you or your child does not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have/(Child’s full name) has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

Your passport application will be delayed or denied if you do not provide a Social Security number or a statement declaring that a Social Security number has not been issued to you. Contact the Social Security Administration for information about obtaining a new or replacement Social Security number and card.