Important information for regarding COVID-19: Effective December 1, the U.S. Embassy in Praia has resumed all American Citizen Services including all passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs), and notarial services. To request an appointment, please use the Embassy’s on-line appointment system. To ensure adequate social distancing for both staff and customers, the Embassy is operating with reduced on-site staffing, so there may be a longer than usual wait for an appointment. If correct and complete documents are presented at the appointment, it will take approximately 4-6 weeks from the date of the appointment to receive a U.S. passport. You can review the requirements and fees for passports below, and for CRBAs, and notarials elsewhere on our website.
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Procedures and Fees
The fee for first-time issuance of an adult passport (over 16 years of age) is US $135. The fee for renewal of an adult passport is US $110. The fee for first-time issuance or renewal of a minor’s passport (16 and under) is US $145. The equivalent amounts may be paid in Cape Verdean Escudos. Payment must be made at the time of application and must be made in cash or credit cards — personal or traveler’s checks are not accepted.
Each passport applicant must submit the following documents (please see below for additional documentation needed regarding issuance of passports to minors when both parents are not present):
- Form DS-11 (for first-time applicants or renewals of minors’ passports), or Form DS-82 (for most adult passport renewals); Forms can be downloaded from travel.state.gov.
- Two photographs, 2×2 inches square, non-Polaroid, with a matte finish showing a full view of the applicant’s face with a light-colored background;
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (previous passport or U.S. birth certificate/consular report of birth abroad);
- Photos of the child’s growth
- Proof of payment of passport fee; and
- Any additional documents requested by the consular officer.
Lost or Stolen Passport
Lost or stolen passports should be immediately reported both to the Embassy and to the local police. The Embassy will help you to replace your passport using the appropriate application process.
Additionally, all U.S. Citizens are encouraged to register their presence in Cabo Verde using the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, as it will facilitate passport issuance in the event of a lost or stolen passport.
Emergency U.S. passports are issued only in extraordinary circumstances, usually involving medical reasons, a death in the family, or the commission of a serious crime against a U.S. citizen requiring urgent travel back to the United States.
Please be aware that the rules for emergency passport issuance are strict, and a consular officer will determine if your situation meets the standard for an emergency. The need to travel on short notice (including vacation travel) is generally not considered sufficient in and of itself to permit the issuance of an emergency passport.
Passports for Minors
In addition to the applicant’s presence, U.S. law requires both parents of minors under 16 years of age to be physically present to sign a passport application. Parents of minors should also bring the child’s certified birth certificate establishing a parental relationship to the passport applicant.
An absent parent can submit a notarized and signed DS-3053 giving permission for the issuance of a passport to the minor child. Please remember, however, that in most cases at least one of the two parents must be physically present to sign the passport application in front of the consular officer. An applicant who is 16 years or older must sign his/her own application. Parents should also bring photographs of their children showing their progression in age from the time of the last passport.