Embassy of Australia
United States of America


How to obtain a passport in the USA


Step 1 - Find out what type of form that you need to use: PC7 (adult renewal) or PC8 (all other applications). Read the instructions for preparing your application: PC7 or PC8.

Step 2 - Fill out your application forms online at the global website: www.passports.gov.au and click on the Apply or Renew button.  Print out your form. US letter size paper is fine, provided you do not cut off the top/bottom of the form.

Step 3Sign and date the application form using Australian Date Format (DD/MM/YYYY).  Make sure there are no alterations to signatures or dates.  Applications containing overwritten dates or dates in US format will be rejected. 

Step 4 - Obtain two passport photos. Carefully check the photo specifications below as we reject about 90% of photos. There is a list of US photographers to help you.  You may wish to get your photos on your way to your passport interview rather than in your home town.

Step 5 - Prepare for your interview by using the PC7 adult renewal checklist or PC8 checklist for all other application types to avoid common errors. Your application will not be accepted if there are errors or missing information and you will need to return for another interview.

Step 6 - Check if you need to provide additional documents - if you are a PC8 client, check the requirements for name changes, translation of foreign documents and guarantors.

Step 7 - Lodge your application in person at any passport officeCheck here to see if you need an appointment.  For child applications, the application must be lodged in person by one parent. It does not matter whether the lodging parent is Australian. Children aged 16 and 17 years old must also attend the interview with one parent. All applications must be lodged in person (including renewals). There are no exceptions.

Step 8 - Allow up to 3 weeks to receive your new passport. If you have any questions, read the FAQs or call your lodging office.

 Since 1 July 2015, all applications must be lodged in person (including renewals). There are no exceptions to this rule, even if you have lodged by mail in the past. 

Please do NOT contact our offices to re-confirm this information or other information you have already obtained from this website.  All passport information on this website is current and correct.


Additional information for passport applicants


Credit Card Authorisation Form

PC7 instructions and PC7 checklist for standard adult renewal applications

PC8 instructions and PC8 checklist for all other applications

ID combinations for adult PC8 applications

Guarantor information (for use with Form PC8 only)

Where to apply in the USA - list of passport offices

Photos:  Photo guidelines and photographer locations

Photos:  Paper and printer specifications for photos

Public holidays and office closures

Urgent travel

Reporting a lost or stolen passport

Change of name

Translation of foreign documents 

B11 - General statement by passport applicant - use this form only if requested by the Passport Office


What to do if your original documents are in another country

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


All passport information on this website is current and correct.  Please do NOT call us to confirm passport information on this website.