Passports - General Information
Note: Effective Monday, July 19, 2010, an appointment will be required for Passport applications. Walk-ins will no longer be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled any business day with the exception of American and Salvadoran holidays and the first Wednesday of each month. To schedule an appointment click here.
After scheduling your appointment please locate and complete the necessary forms at the following link:
For emergency appointments only, please contact the American Citizens Services unit by phone at 2501-2628 during normal business hours.
The passport fees are as follows:
|Passport Applicants Under Age 16||$105.00|
|Applicants Applying for First Passport After Reaching Age 16||$135.00|
|Adult (age 16 or over) Applying to Replace a Lost, Stolen, Mutilated or Damaged Passport||$135.00|
|Adult Passport Renewals (most recent Passport issued within the last 15 years and when applicant was at least 16 years old)||$110.00|
Fees may be paid at the Consular Section in U.S. dollars either in cash or with one of the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, Discover/NOVUS, American Express, or Diner’s Club. Payment by check or debit card is not accepted.
Please Note: Except in emergency circumstances, all U.S. passports are sent to the U.S. electronically for printing and are returned via express courier after one week.
The security of travel documents has become even more important in the post-Sept. 11 world. U.S. passports produced in the United States incorporate digitized photos and other security features. With the new procedures, the same security features are available for the protection of American citizens who obtain their passports outside the United States.
In El Salvador, applicants for first-time or replacement U.S. passports submit their applications to the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. We forward the approved applications electronically to the National Passport Center for processing and return. Turnaround is approximately one week.
To avoid delays or disruption in travel plans, passport applicants are urged to apply for new passports before the old documents expire, and to allow time for processing of a new passport.
The American Citizen Services unit continues to issue passports locally in emergency cases only. These passports have limited validity, and cannot be extended. The bearer of a limited validity passport issued overseas is required to exchange it for a full-validity photo-digitized passport upon completion of the emergency travel.
- Passport Forms On-Line
- Applying for a Passport in the U.S. (Please note the Embassy in San Salvador does not currently accept passport applications by mail.)
Check for the most recent information under Messages for U.S. Citizens