Apply for a first-time Passport (Under Age 16)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The child and both parents must be present at the time the application is submitted to the American Citizen Services Unit. Passport services are available by appointment only.  Please read the following instructions carefully before scheduling your appointment.

Documents that must be submitted:

1.If minor was born outside the U.S., please submit original and copy of birth certificate from issuing country.  If minor was born in Chile, submitted Chilean Birth Certificates issued  from the Registro Civil website must be purchased at a cost of $710 CLP

2. Original and copy of U.S. issued Birth Certificate.

If applying for a U.S. passport for your minor child who was born outside the U.S., whose U.S. citizenship has never been determined  please follow the instructions to apply for a U.S. passport and the instructions for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), which can be found here.   You will not be charged for the CRBA service if you don’t apply for it, but the CRBA form and supporting documents must be submitted in these cases along with the passport application.  

3. Form DS-11 (PDF 97 KB).

  • Print out and write legibly in block letters.
  • All applications must be filled out in black ink
  • Box No. 5 on application: Social Security Number is a mandatory field.  What if I don’t have a SSN?  Note: If you have a social security number but do not provide it on the form, you will only be issued a limited-validity passport.
  • Box No. 8: The Mailing Address must be a local, Chilean address.  Hotel addresses are acceptable.
  • Please print one-sided.
  • DO NOT sign the application.

4. Original and copy U.S. Passport, Naturalization Certificate, or Certificate of Citizenship, if applicable

5. One Passport photograph.

6. Original and photocopy of the front and back of both parents’ valid government-issued identification. with photograph and signature.

7. Original and photocopy of the front and back of child’s valid government-issued identification, if available

8. If only one parent can attend, please also submit original notarized Parental Consent Form DS-3053 (PDF 52 KB) and attach copy of front and back of non-appearing parent’s valid government-issued ID submitted to the notary. Please note that one form per child is required.

9. Pre-paid, self-addressed DHL airway bill. (If unable to pick up passport product within five days.)

Exigent or Special Family Circumstances

If one of the parents is unable to contact the other parent due to exigent or special family circumstances, the applying parent must fill out the statement of exigent/special family circumstances for issuance of a U.S. passport to a minor under the age of 16 Form DS- 5525 (PDF 40.8 KB). We would like to emphasize that the use of this form is exceptional and should only be used in cases in which the whereabouts of the non-applying parent are unknown.  The use of this form might delay the passport application process.

Passport Service Fee for Minors

Passport Book: $115.00 USD

Passport Card (Optional- What is this?): $15.00  USD

Passport Fees can be paid in cash (dollars/pesos) or credit card. Checks and debit cards (Redcompra) are not accepted.

Processing times: 

Passport Book renewal takes 2-3 weeks, so plan your travels accordingly.

Passport Cards may take 4-6 weeks to arrive.  If you will use the DHL mailing system described below, and you would like the passport book to be mailed separately from the card, you will need to purchase two AWBs.

Schedule your Appointment

Each family member seeking a passport service requires an individual appointment. Please schedule your appointment on-line when you have all the required documents.  You must print the Confirmation page and bring it with you to facilitate your entrance to the Embassy.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES INCLUDING CELL PHONES AND LAPTOPS ARE PROHIBITED AND ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE EMBASSY.

Retrieval Process:

A notification email will be sent informing you that the new passport product is ready for pick up. No appointment will be needed in order to do so.

  • In person pick-up: Bring receipt showing payment
  • Representative pick-up: Bring receipt showing payment and signed simple letter from applicant granting that authority.
  • DHL Home Delivery Service: To take advantage of the home delivery service you must:
    – Have your current passport cancelled at the time of your interview
    – Bring DHL Airway Bill (AWB) to appointment

How to obtain DHL (AWB): You may request your DHL AWB by email or in person

1. By Email: Request your DHL Airway bill by sending an email to CL.POS.SANTIAGO@DHL.COM .
• On the subject line write “Ciudadano Americano” and your full name.
• In the body of the email Include the information below

Origen: Embajada de Estados Unidos.
Dirección Origen: Andres Bello 2800,
Las Condes, Santiago
Fono Origen 56- 2 2330-3000

Nombre de contacto: (your name)
Ciudad de destino: (city for final delivery)
Destino/Dirección: (your address)
fono contacto: (your phone number)
e-mail contacto: (your email address)

DHL will provide a quote and instructions to do a Transferencia.

2. In Person: You may also purchase your airbill in person at the nearest DHL office. Please tell the DHL staff that you are pre-paying for a U.S. Passport Service (Guía Aérea para Pasaporte Estadounidense).

Delivery fees range from approximately 5,000 to 10,000 CLP, depending on the delivery destination.

Note:  Passport products must be delivered in a timely manner or be destroyed per U.S. Law.   Should a passport product be destroyed due to delayed delivery, a new application process must be started, to include new appointment, new application forms, and a new payment of all applicable fees.