Passport Services

Your passport application form must be completed online using the passport application wizardprinted, and brought with you to the Embassy (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner). There are no public printing facilities at the Embassy.

Applicants arriving without the printed online passport application, correct passport photos, their most recent U.S. passport, or any other necessary documents may experience delays in receiving their new passports.

Applicants will receive their new passports approximately two to three weeks after the application is approved.  Once the new passport is available, the applicant will be notified via email.  When you come to collect your new passport, please bring a form of official identification; no appointment is necessary.

Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. For more information, please see parameters regarding attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant.

Beginning April 9, 2022, U.S. Embassy Kuwait will accept online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications.  Paying online allows you to drop off your application at the U.S. Embassy in the drop box at the Embassy gate without the need to make an appointment and apply in person.  Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $130 passport renewal fee online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or Pay Pal.

Please note that the online fee option is limited to U.S. citizens residing in Kuwait.  U.S. citizens who reside outside of Kuwait are not eligible for the online fee payment option at this time.  Online fee payment is currently available for passport book renewals only.  If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the U.S. Embassy.

Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Citizen Adult Passport Renewals

In order to use the online payment system, you must answer YES to ALL the following:

  • I can submit my most recent U.S. passport book with my renewal application;
  • I was at least 16 years old when my most recent passport book was issued;
  • I was issued my most recent U.S. passport book less than 15 years ago;
  • My most recent U.S. passport book has a validity of 10 years from issuance to expiration;
  • My most recent U.S. passport book was issued in my current name (or I can document my name change by submitting marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order with my passport application;) and
  • I currently reside in and/or have a valid mailing address in Kuwait.

If you do not meet these criteria please see “Instructions for DS-82 Processing by appointment – for U.S. citizens residing in Kuwait” below for instructions on making an appointment to submit a passport renewal application in person at the embassy.

Instructions for DS-82 Processing by drop off and online fee payment – for U.S. citizens residing in Kuwait:

Step 1:  Complete and print your passport application form (DS-82) online using the passport application wizard.  Use your local residential address in Kuwait, print one-sided pages only with bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner, and SIGN the completed form.

Step 2:  Obtain one WHITE background color passport photo 2” x 2” (5 x 5 cm) taken within the past 6 months; no eyeglasses.  See more information on photo requirements.

Step 3:  Include one photocopy (color or black and white) of the data page of your previous U.S. passport.

Step 4:  Include the passport you are renewing in the envelope you drop off at the Embassy.  If you cannot leave your current passport with us until your new passport arrives, please schedule an in person appointment.

Step 5:  Name change documents (if applicable) (original + 1 photocopy)

If you would like to change the name on your new passport due to marriage, divorce, or court order, please include proof of your name change.  Documents must be original with English translation if applicable (ex. Marriage certificate, Divorce Decree, Court Order).

Step 6:  Pay the $130 passport application fee via the U.S. government’s secure payment site.  After successfully paying the fee, you must print out the electronic payment confirmation you receive via email and include it in the envelope you drop off at the embassy.

Step 7:  Place all of the documents listed above in an envelope and drop off the envelope in the drop box located at the front gate of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. Documents may be dropped off during the following days and hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Al-Masjed Al-Aqsa Street, Bayan, Kuwait.

Step 8:  Passport processing takes approximately two to three weeks.  Once the new passport is available, the applicant will be notified via email.  U.S citizens may pick up their passport at window two near the front gate during the following days and hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. They must possess valid identification and should present the email notification to indicate they are coming for passport pickup.

Instructions for DS-82 Processing by appointment – for U.S. citizens residing in Kuwait:

If you do not meet the criteria for using the online payment system, please follow these steps:

  • Complete your passport application form online using the passport application wizardprint it, and bring it with you to your appointment (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner).
  • Make a passport appointment through the online appointment system;
  • Appear at the Embassy in person with two forms of official identification and the printed passport application;
  • Present your most recent passport book/card and one photocopy of the passport bio data page & card (if you have one and are applying for the card also);
  • Submit 1 passport photo – Sized 2″ x 2″ (or 5 cm x 5 cm) with a white background taken within the last six months/no eye glasses/no uniforms;
  • Pay the application fees at the Embassy: $130 USD (or KD equivalent) for Passport book & $30 USD (or KD equivalent) for Passport card payable in cash or credit (K-Net is not accepted).

If you meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Your most recent passport was issued while under age 16 and you are now age 16 or older;
  • You can present your passport with the application;

Then please follow the steps below:

  • Complete your passport application form online using the passport application wizard; printed, and brought with you to your appointment (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner).
  • Make a passport appointment through the online appointment system;
  • Appear at the Embassy in person. Please bring your printed passport application.
  • Present your most recent passport and one photocopy of the passport bio data page;
  • Present a valid ID as proof of identity;
  • Submit 1 passport photo – Sized 2″ x 2″ (or 5 cm x 5 cm) with a white background taken within the last six months/no eye glasses/no uniforms;
  • Pay the application fees at the Embassy: $165 USD (or KD equivalent) payable in cash or credit (K-Net is not accepted).
  • Note for applicants aged 16 or 17: The Department may request the consent of one legal parent/legal guardian to the issuance of the passport. For these applicants, please have one parent present at the interview.

If you meet all of the following qualifications:

  • You can present a certified U.S. birth certificate issued by the custodian of records of a U.S. state, county, or city, or other U.S. jurisdiction; a Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization; or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and;
  • You can present two forms of official identification with photograph, for example, a U.S. driver’s license, military CAC card, foreign passport, and/or civil identification card.

Then please follow the steps below:

  • Complete your passport application form online using the passport application wizard (you must fill out a DS-11 application); printed, and brought with you to your appointment (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner).
  • Make a passport appointment through the online appointment system;
  • Appear at the Embassy in person. Please bring your printed passport application.
  • Present your most recent passport and one photocopy of the passport bio data page;
  • Submit 1 passport photo – Sized 2″ x 2″ (or 5 cm x 5 cm) with a white background taken within the last six months/no eye glasses/no uniforms;
  • Pay the application fees at the Embassy: $165 USD (or KD equivalent) payable in cash or credit (K-Net is not accepted).

Passports for children under the age of 16 (whether first time applicants or renewals) require the child AND both parents to be present.  If only one parent is available, the parent who is not present MUST submit the original completed, signed, and notarized form DS-3053, granting consent for the child’s passport application. In some circumstances, a parent with sole legal custody may apply without the other parent’s consent if and only if the sole parent has a final court-issued custody decree that specifically grants sole custody or the authorizes the sole parent to apply for a passport for the child.

Please follow the steps below:

  • Complete your child’s passport application form online using the passport application wizard; printed, and brought with you to your appointment (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner).
  • Make a passport appointment through the online online appointment system;
  • Present the printed passport application, your child’s most recent passport, and one photocopy of the passport bio data page;
  • Present your child’s original U.S. birth certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or the Consular Report of Birth Abroad certificate and one photocopy. (If the child was naturalized in the United States, we need to see the child’s original Certificate of Naturalization, child’s original foreign birth certificate, and original English translation + 1 photocopy);
  • Both parents’ must present two original forms of valid photo identification and one photocopy of it (e.g. passport and driver’s license);
  • Submit 1 passport photo – Sized 2″ x 2″ (or 5 cm x 5 cm) with a white background taken within the last six months/no eye glasses/no uniforms;
  • Pay the application fees at the Embassy:  $135 USD (or KD equivalent) payable in cash or credit (K-Net is not accepted);
  • Age Progression Photos: If your child was issued a passport as a newborn (i.e. under 12 months), we recommend bringing age progression photos over the last five years.

In order to replace a mutilated/damaged passport, applicants are requested to follow the steps below:

  • Complete your passport application form online using the online application wizard; printed, and brought with you to your appointment (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner).
  • Make a passport appointment through the online appointment system;
  • Appear at the Embassy in person. Please bring the printed passport application.
  • Present proof of U.S. citizenship (e.g. expired or damaged passport, original/certified copy of U.S. birth certificate issued by the State Vital Statistics Office, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad + 1 photocopy)
  • Provide a written statement indicating what happened to the passport;
  • Submit 1 passport photo – Sized 2″ x 2″ (or 5 cm x 5 cm) with a white background taken within the last six months/no eye glasses/no uniforms;
  • Pay the application fees at the Embassy: $165 USD (or KD equivalent) payable in cash or credit (K-Net is not accepted).

Please note: applications for passport replacement for a child under the age of 16 require the personal appearance of both parents with the child. If only one parent is available, the parent who is not present MUST submit form DS-3053 granting consent for the child’s passport application or a final court-issued custody decree that grants sole custody or specifically authorizes the sole parent to apply for a passport for the child.

In order to replace a lost or stolen passport, applicants are requested to follow the steps below:

Then please follow the steps below:

  • Complete your passport application form online using the online application wizard; printed, and brought with you to your appointment (print one-sided pages only, bar code appearing in upper left-hand corner).
  • Make a passport appointment through the online appointment system;
  • Appear at the Embassy in person with the printed lost or stolen passport form;
  • Present proof of U.S. citizenship (e.g. expired or damaged passport, original/certified copy of U.S. birth certificate issued by the State Vital Statistics Office, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad + 1 photocopy);
  • Complete form DS-64 (lost/stolen passport statement), as well as a State of Kuwait police report (if applicable);
  • Submit 1 passport photo – Sized 2″ x 2″ (or 5 cm x 5 cm) with a white background taken within the last six months/no eye glasses/no uniforms;
  • Pay the application fees at the Embassy: $165 USD (or KD equivalent) payable in cash or credit (K-Net is not accepted).

Applications for passport replacement for a child under the age of 16 require the personal appearance of both parents with the child. If only one parent is available, the parent who is not present MUST submit form DS-3053 granting consent for the child’s passport application or a final court-issued custody decree that grants sole custody or specifically authorizes the sole parent to apply for a passport for the child.

U.S. citizens with a Kuwaiti tourist visa or residency (or iqama) in their lost or stolen passports must report them in person at the General Department for Residency Affairs Investigation.  The office hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the office is located here.  U.S. citizens who do not report their lost or stolen passports will encounter problems leaving Kuwait.  U.S. citizens do not need to wait for the new passport to arrive before contacting Residency Affairs Investigation.