Embassy of Australia
United States of America


Announcement:  We are holding passport interviews in Phoenix, Miami and Tallahassee in June 2016.  Please click here for more information and to find out about future locations.

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.

How to obtain a passport in the USA


Step 1 - Find out what type of form that you need to use: PC7 or PC8. 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. Note: You cannot download blank forms. 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 where required using Australian Date Format - DD/MM/YYYY. Any applications containing 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 due to non-compliance. There is a list of US photographers and online services to help you.

Step 5 - Prepare for your interview by using the checklist below 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.  There is additional information below to assist you.

Step 6 - Lodge your application in person at any passport office. 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 7 - Allow up to 3 weeks to receive your new passport. If you have any questions, read the FAQs or call your lodging office.

Additional information for passport applicants


Credit Card Authorisation Form

PC8 instructions

PC7 instructions

PC8 Checklist

PC7 Checklist

ID combinations for adult PC8 applications

Guarantor information (for use with Form PC8 only)

Where to apply in the USA

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


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.