Passports

The Venezuelan community is hereby informed that electronic passports cannot be extended, and those that are due to expire soon should be renewed prior to their expiration date, taking into account the relevant immigration regulations of each country.

In case of doubts regarding ELECTRONIC PASSPORTS OR PASSPORTS, please write to consular@venezuela-us.org

IMPORTANT: Once you obtain an appointment date through e-mail, you must come to our Consulate between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with all the requirements (and photocopies) found at our webpage (www.venezuela-us.org). This is mandatory in order to collect the data. If you do not complete them, the application will not be processed and a new appointment would need to be made through the SAIME system.

As of March 19, 2013:

The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington will only grant extensions for one year on regular Venezuelan passports identifying on the cover with the name “República Bolivariana de Venezuela” or “Comunidad Andina” in the following cases:

1)      For users who have previously requested an appointment through SAIME to obtain a biometric passport. On the day of the appointment, users should demonstrate their emergency, and can personally request the extension of their passport.

2)      Venezuelans residing in the United States over age 9 that do not have a Venezuelan national identity card because they left the country as children.

3)      Cases of U.S. immigration proceedings (must present proof issued by the authorities).

4)      In demonstrated cases of emergency (present proof and any document requested by Consular Section).

In the four instances described above, users should submit the requirements described on our website under passport extensions.

Electronic Passports

Follow this link to register and obtain an appointment for a passport request abroad by the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration, and Immigration (SAIME). (Spanish only)

Requirements for obtaining an electronic passport:

I. Adult Venezuelan Citizens by birth

II. Venezuelan minors by birth

III. Naturalized adult Venezuelans

IV. Naturalized Venezuelan minors

V. Special cases

I. Adult Venezuelan Citizens by birth

1. Print and Bring one (1) electronic passport form. (Webpage of this Consulate).

2. Print and Bring one (1) electronic passport form from the SAIME webpage. In order to obtain this form you must:

-Obtain a username and password at the SAIME webpage.

-Click on “pasaporte en el exterior”. (Passport abroad)

-Click on “pasaporte”. (Passport)

-Click on “estado de trámite”. (application status)

-Click on “descargar planilla”. (download form)

3. Bring and Print one (1) money order for the amount of US $80, payable to “Embajada de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela”.

4. Original and copy of your Venezuelan identity card. (Even if expired)

5. One (1) copy of the birth certificate.

6. Passport (physical and copy)

IMPORTANT:

If one week after your request you do not receive the appointment date, you should go to the SAIME webpage using your username and password in order to verify the status of your application.

NOTE: The data that will appear on the passport must be identical to the data on your Venezuelan identity card. Thus, if you need to update or correct any item on the system or in the passport form, you must bring:

• Change of marital status:

- Married: One (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate in case you married outside Venezuela. If you married in the US or any other country, you must have the insertion of the corresponding civil registry in Venezuela.

- Divorced: One (1) certified copy of the divorce sentence issued by a Venezuelan court.

- Widower: One (1) certified copy of the death certificate or death registry issued by Venezuelan officials if the death took place in the US or any other country.

• You must bring all documents at the date for your appointment.

PASSPORT PICK-UP

The passport is arranged in Venezuela and sent to our Consulate. This process takes approximately eight weeks; we will contact you via telephone when your passport is ready for pick-up. Once a consular officer has contacted you, you can come from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in order to pick-up your passport. You must bring:

• Proof of application (stub given the day of the passport request) and passport.

On the appointment date, the applicant may bring a pre-paid envelope (USPS Express Mail, FedEx or UPS, among others) in order to receive the passport by mail. (The applicant must write the reference number on the envelope; it is his/her sole responsibility to monitor the envelope. The Consulate is not responsible for any passport damage or loss).

Documents can be submitted directly to the headquarters of the Consulate or sent by mail. If you choose to use the second option, please read the following carefully:

Attach a postage-paid envelope for return of documentation (We are not longer accepting  prepaid envelopes from FedEx and UPS with charges to credit cards; however, pre-paid envelopes will be accepted if they are provided by clients who have a registered account number – personal or corporate, with the aforementioned companies). The Postal Service also offers prepaid envelopes that are accepted by this consulate.

If you have an account with FedEx, you should consider …

When you have a FedEx account number, you must print the label that has shipping company with your personal data (handwritten labels will not be accepted).

If you select to make the delivery “ground” you must use an envelope (booklet or catalog size) for the return of your documents. You should also stick to this envelope a white label that is provided FedEx. It should contain your data to send. For more information on FedEx shipping methods, please visit the website of this company.

II. MINOR VENEZUELAN CITIZENS BY BIRTH

1. Print and Bring two (2) electronic passport form.

2. Bring two (2) electronic passport form from the SAIME webpage.  In order to obtain this form you must:

-Obtain a username and password at the SAIME webpage.

-Click on “pasaporte en el exterior”. (Passport abroad)

-Click on “pasaporte”. (Passport)

-Click on “estado de trámite”. (application status)

-Click on “descargar planilla”. (download form)

3. There are no monetary costs associated with this application according to Venezuelan laws.

4. Copy of the birth certificate of the minor

5. Bring original passport and two (2) copies of the main page and the renewal page (in case you have a renewal).

6. In case the minor is nine (9) years old or older, you must bring: Original and two (2) copies of the Venezuelan identity card and two (2) copies of the Venezuelan birth certificate of the minor.

7. Original and two (2) copies of the Venezuelan identity card of the father, mother and/or legal guardian.

8. On the appointment date of the minor(s), regardless of age, both parents must be present. In case the parents are not present, a legal guardian could take their place and he or she must bring an authorization issued by the Venezuelan Council for Minor Affairs (Consejo de Protección del Niño, Niña y Adolescente in Spanish). This authorization has to be signed by the parent who authorized it, his or her fingerprints, or an authenticated authorization issued by a public notary and the parents’ fingerprints.

9. All documents should be brought on the appointment date.

PASSPORT PICK-UP

The passport is arranged in Venezuela and sent to our Consulate. This process takes approximately eight weeks; we will contact you via telephone when your passport is ready for pick-up. Once a consular officer has contacted you, you can come from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in order to pick-up your passport. You must bring:

• Proof of application (stub given the day of the passport request) and passport.

On the appointment date, the applicant may bring a pre-paid envelope (USPS Express Mail, FedEx or UPS, among others) in order to receive the passport by mail. (The applicant must write the reference number on the envelope; it is his/her sole responsibility to monitor the envelope. The Consulate is not responsible for any passport damage or loss).

Documents can be submitted directly to the headquarters of the Consulate or sent by mail. If you choose to use the second option, please read the following carefully:

Attach a postage-paid envelope for return of documentation (We are not longer accepting  prepaid envelopes from FedEx and UPS with charges to credit cards; however, pre-paid envelopes will be accepted if they are provided by clients who have a registered account number – personal or corporate, with the aforementioned companies). The Postal Service also offers prepaid envelopes that are accepted by this consulate.

If you have an account with FedEx, you should consider …

When you have a FedEx account number, you must print the label that has shipping company with your personal data (handwritten labels will not be accepted).

If you select to make the delivery “ground” you must use an envelope (booklet or catalog size) for the return of your documents. You should also stick to this envelope a white label that is provided FedEx. It should contain your data to send. For more information on FedEx shipping methods, please visit the website of this company.

III. NATURALIZED ADULT VENEZUELANS

1. Print and Bring (1) electronic passport form .

2. Print and Bring one (1) electronic passport form from the SAIME webpage. In order to obtain this form you must:

-Obtain a username and password at the SAIME webpage.

-Click on “pasaporte en el exterior”. (Passport abroad)

-Click on “pasaporte”. (Passport)

-Click on “estado de trámite”. (Application status)

-Click on “descargar planilla”. (Download form)

3. Print and Bring one (1) money order for the amount of US $80, payable to “Embajada de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela”

4. Original and copy of your Venezuelan identity card (even if expired).

5. Passport (physical and copy)

6. Copy of the Official Gazette or copy of the Naturalization Certificate

NOTE: The data that will appear on the passport must be identical to the data on your Venezuelan identity card. Thus, if you need to update or correct any item on the system or in the passport form, you must bring:

• Change of marital status:

- Married: One (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate in case you married outside Venezuela. If you married in the US or any other country, you must have the insertion of the corresponding civil registry in Venezuela.

- Divorced: One (1) certified copy of the divorce sentence issued by a Venezuelan court.

- Widower: One (1) certified copy of the death certificate or death registry issued by Venezuelan officials if the death took place in the US or any other country.

• You must bring all documents at the date for your appointment.

PASSPORT PICK-UP

The passport is arranged in Venezuela and sent to our Consulate. This process takes approximately eight weeks; we will contact you via telephone when your passport is ready for pick-up. Once a consular officer has contacted you, you can come from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in order to pick-up your passport. You must bring:

• Proof of application (stub given the day of the passport request) and passport.

On the appointment date, the applicant may bring a pre-paid envelope (USPS Express Mail, FedEx or UPS, among others) in order to receive the passport by mail. (The applicant must write the reference number on the envelope; it is his/her sole responsibility to monitor the envelope. The Consulate is not responsible for any passport damage or loss).

Documents can be submitted directly to the headquarters of the Consulate or sent by mail. If you choose to use the second option, please read the following carefully:

Attach a postage-paid envelope for return of documentation (We are not longer accepting  prepaid envelopes from FedEx and UPS with charges to credit cards; however, pre-paid envelopes will be accepted if they are provided by clients who have a registered account number – personal or corporate, with the aforementioned companies). The Postal Service also offers prepaid envelopes that are accepted by this consulate.

If you have an account with FedEx, you should consider …

When you have a FedEx account number, you must print the label that has shipping company with your personal data (handwritten labels will not be accepted).

If you select to make the delivery “ground” you must use an envelope (booklet or catalog size) for the return of your documents. You should also stick to this envelope a white label that is provided FedEx. It should contain your data to send. For more information on FedEx shipping methods, please visit the website of this company.

IV.NATURALIZED VENEZUELAN MINORS

1. Print and Bring one (1) electronic passport form .

2. Print and Bring one (1) electronic passport form from the SAIME webpage. In order to obtain this form you must:

-Obtain a username and password at the SAIME webpage.

-Click on “pasaporte en el exterior”. (Passport abroad)

-Click on “pasaporte”. (Passport)

-Click on “estado de trámite”. (application status)

-Click on “descargar planilla”. (download form)

3. Copy of the birth certificate of the minor (if under 9 years of age)

4. Bring previous passport and one (1) photocopy.

5. If the minor is older than 9 years of age, you must bring: original and copy of the Venezuelan identity card and birth certificate of the minor.

6. Original and one (1) photocopy of the Venezuelan identity card of the father, mother and/or legal guardian.

7. If the parents are naturalized Venezuelan citizens, they must bring the original and copy of their Venezuelan identity cards.

8. On the appointment date of the minor(s), regardless of age, both parents must be present. In case the parents are not present, a legal guardian could take their place and he or she must bring an authorization issued by the Venezuelan Council for Minor Affairs (Consejo de Protección del Niño, Niña y Adolescente in Spanish). This authorization has to be signed by the parent who authorized it, his or her fingerprints, or an authenticated authorization issued by a public notary and the parents’ fingerprints.

9. This is a free service, according to Venezuelan laws.

NOTE: The data that will appear on the passport must be identical to the data on your Venezuelan identity card. Thus, if you need to update or correct any item on the system or in the passport form, you must bring:

• For changes of date of birth, names, surnames and/or country if birth, you must bring your birth certificate.

• You must bring all documents at the date for your appointment.

PASSPORT PICK-UP

The passport is arranged in Venezuela and sent to our Consulate. This process takes approximately eight weeks; we will contact you via telephone when your passport is ready for pick-up. Once a consular officer has contacted you, you can come from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in order to pick-up your passport. You must bring:

• Proof of application (stub given the day of the passport request) and passport and the Venezuelan passport of any of the parents.

On the appointment date, the applicant may bring a pre-paid envelope (USPS Express Mail, FedEx or UPS, among others) in order to receive the passport by mail. (The applicant must write the reference number on the envelope; it is his/her sole responsibility to monitor the envelope. The Consulate is not responsible for any passport damage or loss).

Documents can be submitted directly to the headquarters of the Consulate or sent by mail. If you choose to use the second option, please read the following carefully:

Attach a postage-paid envelope for return of documentation (We are not longer accepting  prepaid envelopes from FedEx and UPS with charges to credit cards; however, pre-paid envelopes will be accepted if they are provided by clients who have a registered account number – personal or corporate, with the aforementioned companies). The Postal Service also offers prepaid envelopes that are accepted by this consulate.

If you have an account with FedEx, you should consider …

When you have a FedEx account number, you must print the label that has shipping company with your personal data (handwritten labels will not be accepted).

If you select to make the delivery “ground” you must use an envelope (booklet or catalog size) for the return of your documents. You should also stick to this envelope a white label that is provided FedEx. It should contain your data to send. For more information on FedEx shipping methods, please visit the website of this company.

V. SPECIAL CASES

In addition to the aforementioned documents, you must also bring:

• In case of lack of consent on behalf of one parent, the applicant (father or mother) must bring an authorization issued by a Minor’s Court in Venezuela(Tribunal de Protección del Niño, Niña y Adolescente in Spanish)

• In case one of the parents cannot be present on the sate of the appointment, the other parent must bring a signed authorization issued by a Minor’s Court in Venezuela (Tribunal de Protección del Niño, Niña y Adolescente in Spanish), This authorization has to be signed by the parent who authorized it, his or her fingerprints, or an authenticated authorization issued by a public notary and the parents’ fingerprints.

• In case the minor is in process of adoption, the applicant (father or mother) must bring an authorization issued by a Minor’s Court in Venezuela(Tribunal de Protección del Niño, Niña y Adolescente in Spanish)

• In case of a deceased parent, the surviving father or mother must bring the original and one (1) photocopy of the death certificate.

• In case both parents are deceased, the legal guardian must bring both parenty’s death certificates (originals and one (1) photocopy) and a ruling by a Minor’s court in Venezuela.

• In case only one of the parents has the custody of the minor, he or she must bring the ruling by a Minor’s court in Venezuela.

• In case of minor parents not of legal age, they must bring an authorization issued by a Minor’s court in Venezuela.

• In case of minor parents of legal age, they must follow the same requisites as adults.

• In case one of the parents is detained, you must bring proof issued by the prison where the parent is an inmate.

Non-Electronic passports for minors with no Venezuelan identity card

Requirements for issuing or renewal of passports for minors:

Send all of the following documents, scanned, to this e-mail address: consular@venezuela-us.org. We will contact you:

• Print and fill out one (1) non-electronic passport form signed by both parents.

• Print and fill four (4) full color frontal photographs, white background (2cm x 2cm). The applicant must not wear any jewelry.

• In case you request a renewal, you must bring the previous passport.

• One (1) photocopy of the passport (pages where the identification data appears and any extensions, where applicable).

• Print and  Bring one (1) photocopy of the passports of both parents (pages where the identification data appears or a photocopy of their Venezuelan identity cards).

• Original and one (1) photocopy of the birth certificate of the minor.

• On the appointment date, the minors, regardless of age, must be brought at the Consulate, accompanied by both parents. In case any of the parents cannot be present, a legal guardian must bring an authorization issued by a Minor’s Court in Venezuela, signed by the parent who authorized it with his/her fingerprints or a notarized authorization, signed, and containing fingerprints.

Passport validity extension for adults (validity extension for one year; free of charge)

(Only those that read “República Bolivariana de Venezuela” or “ Comunidad Andina”. The Biometric Passports cannot be renewed. There must be issued a new one. Click here to see a Biometric Passport.

Requirements

1. Print and fill out one (1) extension passport form.

2. Two (2) full color frontal photographs, white background (2cm x 2cm). The applicant must not wear any jewelry.

3. One (1) photocopy of the Venezuelan identity card.

4. One (1) photocopy of the passport (pages where the identification data appears and any extensions, where applicable).

5. Bring the expired, or soon-to-be-expired, passport.

6. One (1) photocopy of a document that as proof of residency (driver’s license, public utility bill that contains the name and address of the applicant).

On the appointment date, the applicant may bring a pre-paid envelope (USPS Express Mail, FedEx or UPS, among others) in order to receive the passport by mail. (The applicant must write the reference number on the envelope; it is his/her sole responsibility to monitor the envelope. The Consulate is not responsible for any passport damage or loss).

Documents can be submitted directly to the headquarters of the Consulate or sent by mail. If you choose to use the second option, please read the following carefully:

Attach a postage-paid envelope for return of documentation (We are not longer accepting  prepaid envelopes from FedEx and UPS with charges to credit cards; however, pre-paid envelopes will be accepted if they are provided by clients who have a registered account number – personal or corporate, with the aforementioned companies). The Postal Service also offers prepaid envelopes that are accepted by this consulate.

If you have an account with FedEx, you should consider …

When you have a FedEx account number, you must print the label that has shipping company with your personal data (handwritten labels will not be accepted).

If you select to make the delivery “ground” you must use an envelope (booklet or catalog size) for the return of your documents. You should also stick to this envelope a white label that is provided FedEx. It should contain your data to send. For more information on FedEx shipping methods, please visit the website of this company.

Passport validity extension for minors (validity extension for one year; free of charge)

1. Print and fill out one (1) Passport validity extension form, signed by both parents.

2. Two (2) full color frontal photographs, white background (2cm x 2cm)

3. Original and one (1) photocopy of the Venezuelan identity card.

4. One (1) photocopy of the passport (pages where the identification data appears and any extensions, where applicable).

5. Bring the expired, or soon-to-be-expired, passport.

6. In case the form is not signed by both parents, you must bring: Original and one (1) photocopy of authorization signed by the absent parent. This authorization must be done at an office authorized by the Minors’ law in Venezuela (Lopna, Spanish acronym). In case of living abroad, you must perform this authorization at a Venezuelan Consulate or Embassy.

7. In case of death of any of the parents, you must bring the corresponding death certificate.

On the appointment date, the applicant may bring a pre-paid envelope (USPS Express Mail, FedEx or UPS, among others) in order to receive the passport by mail. (The applicant must write the reference number on the envelope; it is his/her sole responsibility to monitor the envelope. The Consulate is not responsible for any passport damage or loss).

Passport or travel document loss

The loss of a passport, theft or misplacement, must be reported to the police authorities wherever you are. Once you report the loss, you must go to the Consulate with one (1) photocopy of the police report and originals and copies of any other Venezuelan document you may have. The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, DC, will send the pertaining information to Venezuelan authorities in order to verify the identity of the applicant and it will issue a passport in case of being authorized. The passport will be issued after receiving the corresponding consular fees. In some cases, a TRAVEL PERMIT may be issued, which will allow the person to return to Venezuela in order to apply for a passport there.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL PERMIT

1. Fill out one (1) form of travel permit.

2. Two (2) full color frontal photographs, white background (2cm x 2cm)

4. Original and copy of the Venezuelan identity card.

5. One (1) photocopy of the passport.

6. The travel permit is a free consular application and it will be valid for one entry to Venezuela.

 

 

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