U.S. Citizen Services
U.S. Passport Services
The U.S. Embassy, Consulates or Consular Agencies in Brazil can accept passport applications of U.S. Citizens residing or traveling in Brazil.
Applying for a U.S. passport while outside the United States is a different process from applying for a U.S. passport while inside the United States. Although the application forms, supporting documentation, fees and finished products are the same everywhere, each U.S. Embassy and Consulate or Consular Agency has different procedures for submitting and processing your final documents.
If you are applying from outside of the United States, DO NOT follow the submission instructions included within the application form, which are intended for people applying from within the United States. The same application forms are used whether you are inside or outside the U.S., though the process for submitting the form will be different.
Provide your travel plans and emergency contact: This information is not required, but may be helpful in processing your application and in assisting you in the future.
Forms must be printed on separate sheets of paper; do NOT print the form on front and back of the same sheet.
Complete the mailing address item with a Brazil address, either your home address or the address where you are staying.
All forms must be completed (but not signed) before your appointment.
Changes to Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Delivery for Embassy Brasilia, Consulate General São Paulo and Consulate Recife
Effective April 30, 2012, U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) approved at the Embassy in Brasilia and the Consulate General in São Paulo will only be returned via registered mail through the Brazilian postal system (Correios) following the procedure described below. The Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro will continue to use a courier service, which can be arranged at the time of your appointment, for delivery of U.S. passports and CRBAs. For details on arranging passport delivery from the Consulate in Recife, please click here.
To receive your passport or CRBA by mail from the Embassy in Brasilia or the Consulate General in São Paulo, you must bring an envelope and sufficient Brazilian stamps with you to your appointment. The registration label will be affixed to the envelope by the post office once the Embassy or Consulate returns it to them. If you are applying for both a CRBA and a passport at the same time, both documents can be returned in the same envelope. Brazilian post office locations can be found here.
Brazilian postal fees for passport delivery by registered mail are based upon weight and service level. The Brazilian post office typically considers one passport to be 70 grams and the current price for delivery of one passport by registered mail is 4,95 Reais. More information on registered mail prices can be found here.
As of June 19, 2012, the fee to mail one passport or one passport and one Consular Report of Birth Abroad, is R$5.30. If you choose not to have your passport delivered by mail, you or a representative who has been designated in writing may pick the passport up at the Embassy or Consulate during our American Citizen Services public office hours.
Give supporting documents-- verifying your citizenship and identity-- to your local Consulate, Embassy or Consular Agency-- along with your application form. The required supporting documentation varies based on the application form used, so consult your form for more details.
Please submit original documents that are appropriate for your case (for example: Brazilian passport, birth certificate, U.S. passport, Brazilian drivers’ license, certificate of naturalization, school records, etc).
The photo you submit for your application must meet all U.S. passport photo requirements. Be aware that photo requirements for a U.S. Passport may vary from passport photo requirements of other countries. Click here for a full list of passport photo requirements.
Passport Processing Time
Except in extreme emergencies, passports are printed in the United States and take approximately 10 working days to be returned to Brazil. Please consider this timeline when renewing or applying for passports. U.S. Embassies and Consulates issue passports in emergency cases. Such passports will be limited in validity, and cannot be extended.
Please check the fee list for the appropriate values charged for adults and children which should be paid in cash ((U$ dollars or the equivalent in Brazilian currency), or international credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Dinners, American Express, Novus/Discover). Personal checks are not accepted.
Schedule an Appointment
Important! With the exception of emergency services, all U.S. citizen services must be scheduled in advance. Listed below is information you should know when applying for a U.S. passport at the Embassy, Consulates or Consular Agencies while in Brazil.
Select one of the following consular posts for instructions and how to schedule your online appointment:
Select one of the following Consular Agencies to schedule your appointment. Note: Services at the Consular Agencies are scheduled by e-mail only:
- Consular Agency in Fortaleza
- Consular Agency in Manaus
- Consular Agency in Porto Alegre
- Consular Agency in Salvador
Please check the Contact Information and Working Hours page to find out the appropriate e-mail and street address, and working hours of each American citizen Services Unit in Brazil.
U.S. Passport Services Provided:
Please note special requirements for minor children under 16 years old.
- New procedures for Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Delivery for Embassy Brasilia, Consulate General São Paulo and Consulate Recife