Passport Services

Passport Information

American citizens requiring passport renewals and replacement for lost or stolen passports must schedule an appointment online. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, except for U.S. and Lebanese holidays.  Applicants who are late for their appointment will be asked to reschedule for another day.

Please note:  There is no walk-in service for United States citizens who require a service related to passports, citizenship or birth registration.  These services are by appointment only.

Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview.  Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):

o   Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).

o   Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.

o   The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.

o   It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.

o   Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.

o   Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.

o   To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.

o   The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant.  Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee.  Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.

o   No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.

o   Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question.  Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.

o   During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.

o   Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.

o   Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview.  For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel.  Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.

Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview.  Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate.  It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview.  The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.

 

 

If only one parent can attend 

We advise that both parents should be present at the appointment to renew or apply for a minor’s passport.  However, we recognize that it may not be possible in all cases.

The one custodial parent who is unable to attend the scheduled passport appointment, may come to the Embassy in advance to sign a Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent or come to the Embassy after the interview to independently sign the child’s passport application.  If the second parent is outside of Lebanon, he or she may sign the Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent before a Consular officer at a US embassy or  US Consulate in the country they reside in or, if they are in the United States, before a qualified US notary.  Please note the Embassy does not accept Lebanese notaries.

Alternatively, the applying parent may provide one of the following documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate listing only applying parent;
  • Court Order granting sole custody to the applying parent (i.e. the absent parent has no access to the child.  Child’s travel must not be restricted by that order;
  • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent; or
  • Death certificate of non-applying parent.

DNA testing analyzes the genetic material in human cells and has been found to be over 99 percent accurate in verifying family relationships – parent/child, brother/sister, etc. For this reason DNA testing is suggested only when no other options appear to be available.  The testing is entirely voluntary and all costs and expenses associated with it must be paid entirely by the visa or passport applicant and/or his or her family.  While we cannot require you to undergo this testing, we may not be able to continue processing your case without it. The test results are usually available within a month, although this varies by lab.

If you decide to proceed with a DNA test, the petitioner (for immigrant visa applications) or family member (for passport applications) should arrange for testing with any one of the DNA laboratories accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) through the following website (click here)

In making the choice to pursue this testing, please remember that we cannot guarantee that the tests will produce a favorable result that would allow us to issue a visa or citizenship document.

The laboratory you choose must send the testing kit to the Embassy at the address below, and must include the name and location of the office that requested the testing:

U.S. Embassy
Chief, Consular Section
Beirut, Lebanon
Telephone:  961-4-542600
email:  BeirutACS@state.gov

The Embassy will receive the testing kit, and will contact the test participant(s) by phone or letter and schedule an appointment date for the DNA test.  Appointments cannot be scheduled before a testing kit is received by the Embassy. A physician selected by the Embassy will collect a sample from the test participant(s) in the presence of a Consular Officer.

The applicants should arrive at the Embassy at the appointment time, and must bring the following items:

For passport applicants:

  1. Valid passport of the applicant and one photocopy of the biographic information in the passport;
  2. One recent passport size photograph; and,
  3. Proof of payment – 80 U.S. dollars per case, to be paid to the physician who will take the sample.

Please note that only a valid passport will be accepted as photo identification.