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First Adult (Age 16+) Passport
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February 2, 2022

Step 1 – Make an Appointment

Make an appointment at the Embassy to apply for a passport.

Step 2 – Prepare for your Appointment

Prepare the following items to bring to your appointment. Forms are available at the Embassy if you do not have access to a printer.

  1. Fill out and print the DS-11 Passport Application. DO NOT sign the form until instructed during your appointment.
  2. One 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) photograph. Click here for exact photo requirements. Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.
  3. Proof of citizenship. Usually, an original or certified copy U.S. birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or prior U.S. passport issued when you were a child is the only proof necessary. If you are unable to submit any of these, provide any and all documentation that you believe demonstrates your U.S. citizenship, such as your parents’ citizenship documents, proof of your parents’ presence in the United States, a naturalization certificate, etc.
  4. Government-issued photo identification. For example, a passport from another country, a driver’s license, or a national or state identification card.
  5. Applicants age 16 or 17 only: Demonstrate parental awareness that you are applying for a passport. This is typically done by at least one of your parents appearing at the interview and signing your application. See “Show Parental Awareness” here for other ways to demonstrate parental awareness.

Step 3 – Attend Appointment, Pay the fee, Interview

Come to the embassy on the date and time of your appointment with all the required documents. You will pay the application fee at the start of your appointment. The fee when applying for a first time adult passport is USD $165. You can pay with U.S. dollars, Papua New Guinean kina, or a credit card. We do not accept checks. The Consular Officer will review your application and ask questions about your U.S. citizenship. You will swear (or affirm) an oath under penalty of perjury that the information you provide is the truth, and the officer will ask you to sign the application at that time.

If all your documents are in order and the form is properly filled out, your appointment will usually take less than 30 minutes.

Step 4 – Your New Passport

Your new passport will be ready within approximately two weeks. You will receive an email from ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov when your new passport is ready for pickup. If you or a designated third-party are unable to pick up your passport from the Embassy, you may provide us a pre-paid express courier envelope, such as DHL, to mail your passport to your desired location. If you have applied for both a passport book and a passport card, they will not be ready at the same time; the card will be ready approximately two weeks after you pick up your book.

Please note: The Consular Officer may require additional documentation to the items listed above if there are questions about your citizenship or your application. In this case, the applicant has 90 days to provide the documentation. After the 90-day period, the application will be considered abandoned and the applicant will have to begin the process again.