A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. All U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, must enter the United States on a U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant issue or verify U.S. passports.
To apply for a U.S. passport all applicants, including children, must appear in person for an interview at the American Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Lima. You must appear with your passport application complete with photographs 15 minutes before your appointment. The average time for processing a new passport is approximately 10-15 working days from the time of the application. Every applicant must provide original and copies of documents requested.
Passport services are done by appointment only. We are open for appointments Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The American Citizen Services unit is closed to the public on U.S. and Peruvian Holidays, as well as the second and last Wednesday of every month.
Please use the links below to determine which type of passport service you need, and follow the instructions carefully.
- Lost or Stolen Passports
- Adult Passport Renewal
- First-time Adult Passport
- Passports for Minors Under 16 (First time and renewal)
- Passport Visa Pages
- Damaged Passports
- Amendments and Change of Name
Every passport service except extra passport pages requires a photo. A photo vendor is available at the Embassy visa waiting area, after passing through security, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except American and Peruvial holidays. You may use this service on the day of your appointment. For information on passport photo requirements, please click here.
The average time for processing a passport is approximately 10-15 working days, from the time of the application. A passport pickup date and time will be provided after the interview. Please do not contact the Embassy before the pick-up date.
If you are traveling within the next 72 hours, you may be seen on a walk-in basis, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This service is for U.S. citizens requiring emergency passports (limited validity).
For most cases, passport pickup is either at 3:30 p.m. the same-day, or next day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. In some cases, however, we may be required to refer to the Department of State; therefore, these cases may take longer. Application requirements, including fees, for emergency passports are the same as those for full-validity passports. Please see the Lost or Stolen Passports section for exact requirements.
Transfer of Immigration Stamps
Peruvian Immigration has changed the procedure for travelers exiting Peru with an emergency or a full-validity passport issued during their stay in Peru. In cases of passports that have been lost or stolen, the passenger will not have the entry stamp with which they entered Peru. In cases of newly issued passports, the entry stamp will be in the cancelled passport. Therefore travelers must “transfer” the entry stamp to their new passport before they are allowed to pass through Peruvian immigration. Previously, travelers were able to complete this process at the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima. Now, travelers must take their new passport to Peruvian Immigration headquarters at Av. España 730, Breña, Lima, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in order to pay for and process the transfer. The current fee is approximately US$8.00 or S/.21.00.