Apply for a Passport

The Consular sections in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg all process United States passport applications. Currently the processing time for most regular passports is seven to ten business days.

Most passport applications must be submitted in person and by appointment only.  Some adult passport renewal applications can be submitted by mail.  Refer to our passport renewals page to check if you qualify for mail-in service.

Please bring the following items to your passport appointment:

  • Completed passport application form, not signed. You will sign the form in the presence of a consular officer;
  • One passport photo (2 inch x 2 inch/5cm x 5cm) color with white background;
  • Appropriate fee payable in US dollars or Rand equivalent, cash or credit card.

Applicants under 16 years of age must appear in person at the Consulate with both parents. For minor passport applications, please also bring the child’s official original unabridged birth certificate as well.

Minor applicants who may have changed drastically in physical appearance are advised to bring photos showing the child in the years since the previous passport.

For the required forms you may follow the links provided at Bureau of Consular Affairs: http://travel.state.gov

Please review this checklist (PDF, 27KB) before applying for your passport.
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