Passport Services

Passport Execution Fee Increase

On April 2, 2018 the passport execution fee will increase by $10 from $25 to the new fee is $35. The passport execution fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other applicants who must apply in person, such as minors under the age of 16. Other fees are not affected.

For more complete information on this increase, you can see the official State Department press release here, and you can read the Final Rule in the Federal Register here.

Overseas U.S. Passport Processing Times

In most cases, passport applications accepted at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey can be processed, printed, and delivered at the Embassy in two weeks (ten business days). However, we occasionally experience delays in processing, printing, or shipping that result in longer wait times. Please consider this when planning your travel. If your plans require you to renew your passport and travel more quickly than this, you should consider requesting an emergency passport. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available by contacting the Consular Section at 20-72-26-61 or by email at ConsulateNiamey@state.gov.

What Service Do You Require?

You can use form DS-82 to renew your passport if your current passport:

  • Can be submitted with your application;
  • Is not damaged beyond normal “wear and tear”;
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older;
  • Was issued within the last 15 years;
  • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order).

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you will need use form DS-11 and apply as if it is your first passport.

In addition to your completed form you will need:

  • Your most recent passport (or other proof of identity and citizenship);
  • One 2 inch by 2 inch (5 cm x 5 cm) color photo not older than 6 months (click here for more detailed photo requirements);
  • The fee. The basic adult renewal fee is $110 as of April, 2017. We are only able to accept cash payments in either US dollars or CFA. You can get comprehensive information on passport fees at the State Department passport site.

All non-emergency services require an appointment. To schedule a passport appointment, please click here.

To apply for a passport for the first time, you should fill out form DS-11.

Note: If your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago, or if your most recent passport was issued before your 16th birthday, you will need use form DS-11 and apply as if it is your first passport.

In addition to the completed form you will need:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship such as one of the following (only originals or certified copies are acceptable)
    • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (current or expired);
    • S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:
      • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth;
      • Lists your full name, date of birth, and place of birth;
      • Lists your parents’ full names;
      • Shows the date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth);
      • Has the registrar’s signature; and
      • Has the seal of the issuing authority;
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
    • Certificate of Naturalization, or;
    • Certificate of Citizenship.
  • One of the following forms of identification:
    • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired);
    • Fully-valid U.S. driver’s license;
    • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship;
    • Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal);
    • S. military ID or military dependent ID, or;
    • Valid foreign passport.
  • 2 inch by 2 inch (5 cm x 5 cm) color photo not older than 6 months (click here for more detailed photo requirements);
  • The fee. The basic adult first time application fee is $135. This fee will increase to $145 on April 2, 2018. We are only able to accept cash payments in US dollars or CFA. You can get comprehensive information on passport fees at the State Department passport site.

All non-emergency services require an appointment. To schedule a passport appointment, please click here.

Most minors under the age of 18 must use form DS-11 for both new passports and passport renewals.

In addition to your completed form you will need:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship such as one of the following (only originals or certified copies are acceptable)
    • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (current or expired);
    • S. birth certificate that
      • Is issued by the city, county, or state of birth;
      • Lists applicant’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth;
      • Lists parents’ full names;
      • Has the signature of the city, county, or state registrar;
      • Has the date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth);
      • Has the seal of issuing authority;
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
    • Certificate of Naturalization; or
    • Certificate of Citizenship.
  • One 2 inch by 2 inch (5 cm x 5 cm) photo not older than 6 months (click here for more detailed photo requirements),
  • The fee. The basic fee for minors under 16 is $105. The basic fee for minors aged 16 and 17 is $135. On April 2, 2018, each of these fees will increase by $10, to $115 for minors under 16 and $145 for minors aged 16 and 17. We are only able to accept cash payments. You can get comprehensive information on passport fees at the State Department passport site.

Passport applications for U.S. citizen minors under the age of 16 have additional requirements. Details of these requirements can be found here. These requirements include:

  • Personal appearance of child: The child must appear personally with their parents to establish identity, proof of citizenship and proof of relationship.
  • Show proof of parental relationship with a birth certificate, adoption decree, or other documents.
  • Proof of identification of both parents. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.
  • Permission from both parents. For parental application permission:
    • both parents must appear together and sign the application, or
    • one parent may appear to sign the application and submit the other parent’s notarized form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent” (the form must have been signed less than three months before the application is submitted), or
    • one parent may appear, sign the application, and submit primary evidence of sole authority.
    • Legal guardian requirements: When neither parent is in the country, the legal guardian having responsibility over the minor child MUST present a notarized power of attorney signed by both parents (or one parent having sole authority) and authorizing him/her to act on their behalf.

Minors aged 16 and 17 may apply in person with their own identification, but for security reasons, parental consent may be required. If a minor aged 16 or 17 does not have identification of their own, a parent will be required to accompany the child and present identification. More details can be found here.

Important Notice Regarding Entering and Leaving the United States

According to Section 215 of the U.S Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) it is illegal for an American citizen to enter or leave the U.S on anything other than an American document. This applies to dual citizens as well, meaning that persons holding both Nigerien and U.S. citizenships MUST enter and leave the U.S. on a valid U.S. passport; they may NOT enter/leave the U.S. on a Nigerien passport. This applies to children as well as adults.

All non-emergency services require an appointment. To schedule a passport appointment, please click here.

Passport applications can only be received at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey. The Embassy is located in Niamey on Rue des Ambassades. The Consular Section entrance is on the west side of the building.

Passport applications can only be received during our American Citizen Service hours.

Appointments for all non-emergency services are available at the following times:

Mondays from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All non-emergency services, including passport applications, require an appointment. To schedule a passport appointment, please click here.

Appointments for Families

If you have more than one family member to schedule, each family member will need an appointment. If there are no days with enough available appointments to accommodate your family, please schedule as many as possible on the day with the most available appointments. You can then send us an email at ConsulateNiamey@state.gov and explain your situation. We will then do our best to accommodate you.

Please Note: To enhance the security of the application process and verify  your identify more quickly, you will be asked to remove your eyeglasses for U.S. passport and Visa photos. This rule has been in effect since November 1, 2016. 

If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your photo is a vital part of your passport application, and providing an unsuitable photo can result in delays in processing your passport. The acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U.S. Embassy. We recommend you use a professional passport photo service to ensure your photo meets all the requirements. Your passport photo must be:

  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size;
  • Printed on photo quality paper;
  • In color;
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background without shadows;
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. See the Photo Composition Template on the passport application for more size requirement details. If you are printing your own photo, the State Department provides a Photo Cropping Tool here to help you size your photo properly;
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance;
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera;
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression and both eyes open;
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis;
  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily;
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering unless it is worn daily for a religious or medical purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face. If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor’s statement verifying that the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes;
  • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please provide a signed note from your doctor with application;
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.

The State Department Passport Photos page includes examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos.

Photos copied or digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition, snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length photographs are not acceptable.