First Time Applications

Please follow the instructions on this page if you have never had a U.S. passport issued in your own name and you have been issued one of the following documents (If you are no longer in possession of the original document, you must obtain a certified copy from the issuing authority before submitting your application). You are required to apply for the passport in person at the American Citizen Services Unit by making an appointment using our online appointment system.

If you seek to be accompanied by a third party, please see more information here.

NOTE: If you are applying for the first passport for a child under the age of 18 who was born overseas, you should first report the child’s birth. You may apply for the child’s first passport at the same time.

Application Requirements

You will need to have the original of each document below, along with a photocopy and a certified translation if it is not in English.  All application forms must be fully and accurately completed before you arrive for your appointment.  Applicants who arrive at the Embassy without complete application forms may be turned away.

1.   Proof of U.S. citizenship

  • a U.S. Birth Certificate
  • a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • a U.S. Certification of Birth
  • a U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
  • a U.S. Naturalization Certificate

2.   Proof of identity

  • a valid passport of any country
  • a valid driver’s license with photograph
  • a national identity card with photograph
  • a valid U.S. or State government ID card
  • a U.S. military ID card

3.  Any foreign passport that you may currently hold or have held.

4.  Your foreign (non U.S.) naturalization certificate: If you have acquired another nationality through naturalization or registration since the issuance of your proof of citizenship

5.  Name change documentation (if applicable), i.e. Marriage certificate, Divorce Decree, Court Order).

6.  Passport application form DS-11 (PDF, 101 KB): Follow the instructions on this page. Form DS-11 must be printed on separate sheets of paper. Do NOT print this form on the front and back of the same sheet. Applicants aged 16 and over must sign their own application.

  • All fields must be filled out, including your mailing address in Ukraine and your last U.S. address as the permanent one.
  • Please provide your local cell phone number on the application form.
  • If you have been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) you must provide it on your application.
  • If you have never had the SSN, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”
  • If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number, please email the Federal Benefits Unit to obtain it before applying for the passport.

7.  One 5×5 cm passport photograph: The Embassy will reject any photographs that do not meet the specified requirements. Vending machine photographs and photographs printed on a home computer are unacceptable. Photographs must be taken in the last 6 months.

8.  Fees: The application fee for an applicant under the age of 16 is U.S. $135.00; aged 16 and over is U.S. $165.00.  Accepted payment methods are credit card and cash (U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Ukrainian hryvnyas). Please note: we are not authorized to accept personal checks or money orders.

Additional documents may be required depending upon the circumstances of your case.

If applying for a child under the age of 16, you will also be required to submit both parents’ consent.  Please see our information on passports for children under 16 for more information.

Processing Time

An application for a full-validity (ten years for adults; five years for children under age of 16) passport will be sent to the United States for printing with a secure, photo-digitized image of the bearer. You should allow 3 weeks for your application to be processed. When your new passport is ready, you will need to come back to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy to pick it up.

In cases where the applicant must travel urgently or has an immediate need for a passport, the Embassy or Consulate can issue an emergency limited-validity passport. An emergency U.S. passport has a shorter validity than a full-validity passport. NOTE: Some countries do not accept limited validity emergency passports. Other countries’ passport requirement information is available at