Processing a U.S. Passport in Santo Domingo
Passport Issuance in Person for Children under 16
Children must appear in person accompanied by a parent. All U.S. Citizen Services with the exception of Federal Benefits services and applications for 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.
Evidence required includes:
- Certified birth certificate (showing parents names) and a copy
- Application form DSP-11 completed ONLINE and printed. Hand-written filled application forms are NOT accepted. Applications are NOT to be signed until you are requested to do so by a Consular Officer.
- Application fee (U.S. dollars or Dominican pesos).
- Two 2" by 2" (5 cm x 5 cm) color photos (front view, full face and plain white or off-white background.
- Photo identification of both parents (present the originals and submit one copy of each parent per applying child)
- Notarized written consent of any parent not present with the child
- Proof of the child's U.S. citizenship (if child acquired U. S. citizenship at or after birth), such as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240), a Naturalization Certificate, or a Certificate of Citizenship, along with photo identification. All original documents must be accompanied by a photocopy of it. In Santo Domingo, copies can be obtained inside the Consular waiting area. At the Consular Agencies, please bring copies to the interview with you. For children who may have changed substantially in physical appearance, we suggest you bring photos showing the child in the years since the issuance of the previous passport.
For children born in the U.S., parents must provide extensive evidence of the birthplace, identity, and citizenship of the child. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Medical records and photos documenting the mother's pregnancy and birth of the child in the United States.
- Family photos from the child's infancy to the present, especially photos in the U.S.
- For older children, please bring the child's medical and school records.
Cases are considered on an individual basis and the Consular Officer may request that you provide additional evidence.
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.