First-Time Passports

When applying for your first-time U.S. passport, you must apply in person.

If you are unable to find an available appointment online and you have a ticketed flight within the next three weeks, please contact PassportsParis@state.gov, citizeninfomarseille@state.gov, or USAStrasbourg@state.gov and attach a copy of your ticket to request service.

Please have all the documents you need ready for your appointment:

Bring the following to your appointment:

  • Complete online and print forms: Form DS-11. Do not sign it.
    • You cannot list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States.
    • If you have never had a U.S. Social Security number, please complete and submit this form.
    • If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number, please email the Federal Benefits Unit before applying for the passport.
    • If you are renewing your second passport, please enter this passport number.
  • Original and copy of proof of U.S. Citizenship: a U.S. birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Proof of identification
  • One color 2×2 inch photo. Click here for photo requirements. Note that there is a coin-operated photo booth in the Embassy and Consulate Marseille.
  • self-addressed, prepaid envelope for passport return, with capacity for 500g for each applicant, specifically:

    • A  Collissimo (“pret-a-envoyer”) or Chronopost (“pret-a-expedier”). One applicant can use the 1 kg (the smallest available) envelope and multiple applicants can use the same envelope, as long as you allow for  500g per applicant.  Ex., Two applicants could be returned together in the 1 kg envelope, four applicants in the 2 kg envelope, etc.
    • NOTE: Applicants outside of Metropolitan France and Monaco should use a Chronopost “Monde et Outre-Mer” envelope.
    • Applicants for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may use the same 500g envelope for both the passport and the CRBA.

Special note for ages 16 and 17: You must show at least one parent or guardian knows that you are applying for a passport by:

  • A parent or legal guardian appears with you in-person when you apply for your passport. Your parent or legal guardian will be asked to sign your Form DS-11 at the window. Bring a photocopy of your parent or guardian’s ID.
  • A signed, notarized statement consenting to issuance of a passport from at least one parent or legal guardian. The statement should be accompanied by a photocopy of your parent or guardian’s ID.

You can pay the fee of 165 USD (or the Euro equivalent) at the time of your interview in cash or by credit card (the credit card holder must be present).

The processing time is approximately two to three weeks.

Important: Both parents and the child must be present. Both parents must consent to passport renewal. If only one parent can come, please go to this page, step #7 “Show Parental Consent.” If the DS-3053 form is requested in French, here is the translation.

Please bring with you to your appointment:

  • A completed DS-11 form. Do not sign it.
    • If you have never had a U.S. Social Security Number, complete this form.
    • If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number,  contact the Federal Benefits Unit before applying for the passport.
  • Original plus one copy of both parents’ government-issued ID (U.S. or foreign passport, French ID, etc.)
  • Original and copy of the child’s U.S. Birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Naturalization Certificate. (Note: If you are applying for both the CRBA and passport at the same time, please see all the requirements for the CRBA application.)
  • One color 2×2-inch photo. Click here for photo requirements. Note that there is a coin-operated photo booth in the Embassy and Consulate Marseille.
  • self-addressed, prepaid envelope for passport return, with capacity for 500g for each applicant, specifically:

    • A  Collissimo (“pret-a-envoyer”) or Chronopost (“pret-a-expedier”). One applicant can use the 1 kg (the smallest available) envelope and multiple applicants can use the same envelope, as long as you allow for  500g per applicant.  Ex., Two applicants could be returned together in the 1 kg envelope, four applicants in the 2 kg envelope, etc.
    • NOTE: Applicants outside of Metropolitan France and Monaco should use a Chronopost “Monde et Outre-Mer” envelope.
    • Applicants for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may use the same 500g envelope for both the passport and the CRBA.

You can pay the fee of 135 USD (or the Euro equivalent) at the time of your interview in cash or by credit card (the credit card holder must be present).

Processing takes about two to three weeks.