Elimination of Visa Page Inserts for U.S. Passports
The U.S. Department of State will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards.
To mitigate the impact on frequent travelers, the Department began issuing 52-page passports to all applicants outside the United States starting October 1, 2014 for no additional cost. Applicants within the United States may choose a 28-page or 52-page book.
Requests for additional 24-page visa inserts will only be accepted until December 31, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport.
For more information on how or where to apply, please visit Travel.State.Gov/ApplyEarly or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD).
For media inquiries please contact: CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov.
The American Citizens Services unit at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo only accept passport application forms that have been completed online and printed prior to an appointment to renew or replace a passport. You can find and complete an application form at https://pptform.state.gov/. Once complete, print the application form and bring it, along with all other required documents, to your appointment.
All U.S. Citizen Services with the exception of adults over 18 applying for their first passport are provided at the Consular Agencies in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. For your convenience, we recommend that you use the Consular Agencies for services if they are closer to your geographical location. For example, Puerto Plata provides services to Santiago, Sosua, Cabarete, Las Terrenas, Samana and any of the cities along the North Coast. Punta Cana provides services to Bavaro, Higuey, Bayahibe, La Romana and any of the cities along the East Coast. The Agencies tend to have shorter wait times and be less crowded.
If you would like to make an appointment at one of the Consular Agencies, please email Punta Cana Consular Agency or Puerto Plata Consular Agency. If you experience technical difficulties or do not have access to internet, you may make your appointment by calling (809) 552-8990 for Punta Cana or calling telephone numbers (809) 586-8017, (809) 586-4204, (809) 586-8023 for Puerto Plata. Please see specific instructions below for the different types of passport applications.
- Photo requirements for applicants
- Additional Information about U. S. Passports
- Earlier Appointment/Emergency Travel
- Correcting a mistake in your passport
- Lost, Stolen or Damaged Passport Replacements
- Add pages to your passport
- Documentary evidence needed to process an application for a U.S. Passport
- Passport Verification Checklist (PDF - 278 Kb)
- Check the status of your passport application online
- Child Support Payments & Getting a U.S. Passport
- Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP)
To make an appointment for services in Santo Domingo, please click on the following link to go directly to our online appointment system.
When should I expect to receive my new passport?
Passports are printed in the United States and mailed to the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo. The process of adjudicating your application, printing the passport, and then mailing your passport back to the Dominican Republic usually takes two weeks. If you have a serious emergency, the Consular Section may be able to authorize a temporary limited validity passport to be collected the same day.