How to Renew a Thai Passport in the U.S.
Thailand, like many other countries, makes use
of the ePassport. This means that a special microchip is inserted into
one of the passport pages which holds all your personal information on
it. This information includes your biographical story as well as your
biometric data such as pictures of your face, your fingerprints and
your digital signature. This type of passport is generally more secure
and less susceptible to fraud which ultimately protects the passport
holder as well as the relevant country.
However, this kind of passport cannot be renewed by mail and in
fact cannot be renewed at all. Should this passport expire, you will
have to go into a consulate and actually apply for a new passport. Here
are the correct steps to take.
Thai Passport Application Form
There are two sets of forms to be filled out. The first is to be
completed within one year of your Thai passport expiring and the second
is in application of a new Thai ePassport. They can both be downloaded
from the Thai embassy website which will offer you further
explanation. It will be easier to download the forms and fill them
out at home in your own time so that you can work everything out
properly. You can then take the completed forms with you to the Thai
embassy or one of its consulates. You may also request that the embassy
send you application forms with all your details already filled in.
This way you will merely have to check and edit it if necessary.
Royal Thai Embassy & Consulates Generals in the U.S
The Royal Thai Embassy
is located in Washington DC where most foreign country embassies are
located. Other than the embassy, there are three Thai consulates across
the U.S. These are found in:
- New York
- Los Angeles
You can contact the embassy on (202) 944-3600 and request
that they give you the correct contact for whichever consulate you
would like to book an interview at. Alternatively, you can search the
specific embassies online.
The best thing to do after getting the correct contact
information is to speak to someone that can inform you about all the
correct supporting documentation for your passport application. You can
enquire about this when making your interview appointment.
Requirements for the Thai Passport Application
Following are the documentary requirements for applications made by adults who have reached the age of the majority:
original valid Thai Citizenship I.D. Card, Government Official
Identification Card or an identification card that complies with the
rules of the Ministry of Interior (If the Government Official
Identification Card does not contain a 13-digit Personal Number, the
applicant must bring the House Registration as well)
- Application Fee
For requirements for children and those aged 15-20, kindly check the Thai Embassy's website
which is now in English.
Passport Photo Requirements
When you are speaking to someone at a Thai consulate over the telephone
about which supportive documentation you should take along to your
interview, do not forget to enquire about photographs. Important
questions to ask are the following:
- What size should my photos be?
- Should my photos be in black and white or color?
- How many photos should I provide?
Other than that, it is important to keep in mind that photos should:
- Show your face clearly with no smile or glasses
- Be clear and professionally done
Cost of a New Thai Passport
Your new Thai passport will cost you more or less USD $30 and is actually one of the more affordable passports to pay for.
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