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How do I get my baby's American passport renewed from Albania?

by Silvana
(Tirana, Albania)

Question: My baby is an American citizen. For the moment, he is living in Albania. His passport expires in October. Since we have to go back to the States right now with him, can I renew his passport now even though he's got 5 months ahead before his passport expires?


Answer: Yes, you can get a new passport for your baby at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana. In fact, passport processing is faster through the embassy in Albania than it is in the United States (7-10 days compared to 3-4 weeks).

Even though your child already has a passport, both parents are required to appear in person with the baby at the time the application is submitted. If one parent cannot appear, then the applying parent must submit either notarized consent Form DS-3053 granting permission to apply from the non-applying parent or a document that proves sole legal custody.

The application you need to submit is Form DS-11. You should complete the form but not sign it until an agent requests that you do so. Other requirements include evidence of your child's U.S. citizenship, parent's photo identification and proof of parentage. One recent passport photo is required.

The application fee for a passport book for a minor is $80 and the execution fee is $25. Click the link below to schedule an appointment.

Passport Processing in Tirana, Albania

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