The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport.
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant issue or verify United States passports. (Read more from the U.S. Department of State Website)
U.S. Passport Services
The U.S. Embassy Dar Es Salaam can accept passport applications.
Applicants must present their old passport and two (2) identical photos 2x2 inches. For applicable fee schedules please download PDF document (PDF 139kb) which should be paid in dollars or the equivalent in Tanzanian Shillings, USD or international credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Dinners, American Express, and Discover). For a child's passport, if the child's physical appearance has changed significantly since the last passport photograph, the Consular officer will request transitional photos as proof of identification.
Applicants should present documents that prove U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, naturalization certificate, old passports) and identity, such as driver’s license, and two (2) identical photos 2x2 inches. A police report is required to obtain a new passport and depart the country. For applicable fee schedules please download PDF document (PDF 139kb) for children, which should be paid in dollars or the equivalent in Tanzanian Shillings, USD, or international credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Dinners, American Express, and Discover).
First Time Applicants
Applicants need to apply in person and should present documents that prove U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or naturalization certificate) and two (2) identical photos 2x2 inches. For applicable fee schedules, click here which should be paid in dollars or the equivalent in Tanzanian Shillings, USD or international credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Dinners, American Express, and Discover).
A note about passport photographs:
Photographs must be 2x2 inches in size, identical, taken within the past six months. The image size from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head should be between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches. They may be in color. They must be full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background. Photographs should be taken in normal street attire, without a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline. Uniforms should not be worn in photographs with the exception of religious attire that is worn daily. If prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles are normally and consistently worn, they should be worn when the picture is taken. Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required to support the wearing of such glasses in photographs. Vending machine photos are not generally acceptable. For more information about passport photos please click here
Passports for Minor Children
Change in Requirements for Passports for Minors
As of February 1, 2008, the two-parent consent requirement for all passport services, which was already in effect for children under 14, was extended to include all children under age 16. The following instructions reflect this new change.
A two-parent consent requirement is necessary to apply for a first time or renewal of passports for children under 16 years old. Section 236 of the Admiral James W. Nance and Meg Donovan Foreign Relations Authorization Act requires that both parents execute a passport application on behalf of a minor under age 16; or, if only one parent executes the application, such parent must establish his or her custodial status or have the other non-applying parent's written consent. The written Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent must be notarized and has to be attached to the certified copy of the non-applying parent’s photo identification. Statements notarized by foreign officials will not be accepted. The written statement is an integral part of the passport application and becomes part of the passport file. An individual may apply on behalf of a minor under age 16 by submitting a notarized written statement or a notarized affidavit from both parents specifically authorizing to submit the application. However, if only one parent provides the notarized written statement or notarized affidavit, documentary evidence that such parent has sole custody of the child must be presented.
To enhance the accurate identification of passport applicants and aid in the prevention of international child abduction and trafficking, the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has begun requiring the personal appearance of all minors applying for U.S. passports. If the child's physical appearance has changed significantly since the last passport photograph, the Consular officer will request transitional photos as proof of identification.
Now, when applying for a passport on behalf of a minor under the age of 16, parents are required to have their child present and submit documentation of parental relationship and consent (e.g. the child's birth certificate) as well as comply with all other documentation requirements for the issuance of a passport.
WHEN APPLYING FOR U.S. PASSPORT
If parent (s) in the U.S.A.:
Give notarized copy of statement of consent (DS-3053) from each parent and certified copy of U.S. passport. If parent is not an American Citizen, a certified copy of driver’s license/passport.
Birth Certificate of the child/children.
If one parent not available we need documentation such as court order, death certificate or any other proof showing sole custody of the child/children.
A notarized power of attorney authorizing the guardian to execute DS-11 on behalf of the parents.
Minor Passport: $105
Adult Passport renewal: $110
Adult Passport first time or replacement for lost or stolen Passport: $135
EXTRA VISA PAGES
Please see below for general procedures to obtain extra visa pages.
U.S. passport holders 16 and older must personally sign the application form, but do not need to come to the Embassy personally to request new pages. Rather they can send a person to do this for them; the person coming to the embassy must bring a completed, signed DS-4085 and a signed statement specifically allowing the designated person to do this on the passport holder's behalf. The designated person will need to bring valid photo identification.
For children under 16, one parent needs to come and sign the application form, DS-4085, at the Consular Section of the Embassy with his/her passport. On that form, the parent should indicate his/her relationship next to the signature on the form. Though not required, the consul may ask to see an original or certified copy of the child’s birth certificate showing both parents names. The child does not have to appear at the Embassy.
Note: In general, you are only allowed to add a maximum of three supplement visa page inserts, before you will be required to apply for a new passport.
PROCEDURE TO OBTAIN EXTRA VISA PAGES
Complete an application form, DS-4085. Complete and print your online application here.
Make an appointment (Click here to access the ACS Appointment System).
Submit the application to the American Citizen Services section between.
Pay the required fee. The fee for additional visa pages is $82.
Allow 24 hours for this service. You can pick the passport next business day.
For more information you may refer to the U.S. Department of State website on passport applications. Please remember that some procedures for passport applications abroad may vary according to the country in which the passport application is made.