Please follow the U.S. Consulate General’s instructions outlined below when preparing to apply for a U.S. passport in New Zealand or the Cook Islands.
Do not follow the instructions pre-printed on the passport forms. As these are designed for applicants within the United States, information such as accepted forms of payment and where to submit the application are not applicable. The forms incorrectly state that Passport Services will not mail a passport to a private address outside the United States. Applicants may write a New Zealand mailing address on the forms (write over the boxes where there is insufficient space), and are required to provide a prepaid return courier envelope for the return of their new passports.
Passports submitted to support an application for a new passport will be canceled and returned with the applicant’s new passport. Please refer to our information regarding current processing times and passport validity.
What Service do you require?
Applications by Mail
- Renewal of an adult’s passport issued less than 15 years ago
- Replace a limited validity (emergency) passport
- Change of name/correcting information on a passport issued:
Applications Requiring Personal Appearance
Passports for Emergency Travel, and Second U.S. Passports
Traveling within the next 10 business days? Refer to the information regarding applications for emergency passports.
Second U.S. Passport
In limited circumstances, the Department of State may issue a second U.S. passport to certain individuals. If you think you may have need of a second U.S. passport, please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland to determine eligibility.
U.S. Dual Nationals and Passports
If you are a U.S. citizen you must, by law, enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport, regardless of age or possession of foreign passports. The details of this law can be found in U.S. Code Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part II, § 1185 paying particular attention to section (b) which details:
…it shall be unlawful for any citizen of the United States to depart from or enter, or attempt to depart from or enter, the United States unless he bears a valid United States passport.
Please ensure that you adhere to these regulations to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays when entering the United States. Be aware that port of entry officials in the United States do have the authority to issue fines should you choose to disregard this law.