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Photo specifications

To renew an expiring or expired passport for a minor child (under 16 years of age), follow this process. If you are filing a Consular Report of a Birth Abroad, you may submit it together with the passport application.

1.  Make an appointment online and print the appointment letter. Appointments are available for American citizens Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. We are closed on the last Wednesday of every month and on American and Indian holidays.

2.  Complete the Form DS-11 passport application online. Online application tips:       

  • Complete the address fields completely. If you are in India, your passport will not be sent back to the United States. When you drop off your application, you can designate if you wish to pick it up or have it sent to you by registered mail to an address in India.
  • If completing an application without a social security number, you may enter all zeroes as a placeholder.
  • Expedite fee: You do not need to select the "expedite fee" option; passports printed for citizens abroad are automatically expedited.
  • Please fill out the emergency contact information even though it is not required.
  • Print the form but do not use two-sided printing.

3. Print the application and bring it with required documents to the interview. Do not sign the application for your child. You will do so in the presence of the consular officer.

Except as described below, the child and both parents must appear in person.  

Required Documents

  • Current Passport
  • One (1) studio-quality color photograph taken within the last six months measuring 2" x 2" (5cm x 5cm) with a white background. No other photo format can be accepted.   (Note: Passport photo services are not available at the consulate. Please bring passport photos as per specifications mentioned above to submit with your application.)
  • Both parents and the child must be present with photo identification to sign the passport application in the presence of a consular officer.If one parent is unable to apply, he/she must provide a notarized Form DS-3053, Statement of Consent, accompanied by a photocopy of the consenting parent's photo identification.  The consular officer reserves the right to require additional evidence if the consent is notarized by a non-U.S. notary public.
  • For children under age 16, the parents must prove their parentage by showing a copy of the child's government-issued birth certificate. If the birth certificate lists the mother's maiden name, she should be able to prove her identity accordingly.
  • Children age 16 or older may sign the application in the presence of the consular officer. The parents need not be present, and there is no need to present a copy of the child's birth certificate.
  • The child must prove his/her identity. If the child is easily identifiable by the consular officer by looking at the previous passport, no additional proof may be necessary. However, a child's appearance may change significantly over time, so the consular officer may ask for additional proof of identity. Please bring as much proof as possible. Examples of items that can be used to establish a child's identity are:

    - Person of Indian Origin (PIO) or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card (issued by the Government of India).
    - A passport issued by another country.
    - School ID card with photo.
    - Police/immigration registration record with attached photo.
    - Growing age photos (i.e., a series of family photographs from 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 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Complete fee information is available here. If applying in person, you may pay with cash dollars, cash rupees (at the current consular exchange rate), demand draft drawn on any foreign bank operating in India or nationalized bank only payable to "American Consulate General, Mumbai", or a major U.S. credit card. Personal checks are not accepted.

Passport Processing Time

Except in emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 7-10 days. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. You will receive an automated email when your passport is ready.

Passport delivery arrangements

U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai is pleased to provide courier delivery services for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and U.S. passports.  This service will allow for timely tracking and fast delivery of your documents.  Please carefully read the instructions below to arrive at your appointment prepared. 

  1. At the Consulate, you will be asked to purchase a courier envelope in the lobby for INR 350. The fee may be paid by cash or demand draft in favor of "First Flight Couriers LTD."  Drafts can be drawn on any foreign bank operating in India or nationalized bank only. Along with your payment please submit a completed courier slip (PDF 176KB).
  2. Once your CRBA or U.S. passport application is processed, the ACS Unit will return a sealed courier envelope containing your CRBA or U.S. passport to First Flight.
  3.  When your CRBA or U.S. passport reaches First Flight Couriers, you will be able to check the status of delivery at . Simply enter the consignment number provided to you by the First Flight courier agent in our ACS lobby or you can also track your passport by entering your prior passport number in the Ref. No. column at the bottom of the webpage.
  4. You will receive a receipt from First Flight with the return of your CRBA or U.S. passport.  If you opt to pick up your CRBA or passport in person, you may do so on Thursdays between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You do not need an appointment to pick up your CRBA or U.S. passport.  Please check our holiday calendar.



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