Embassy of Australia
United States of America

Passports

Special announcement:  We are now taking appointments for interviews in Miami, Seattle and Denver!  

Click here to make an appointment and to find out about future destinations.

 

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 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 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.


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

Fees

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

Surrogacy

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.