Non-emergency passport services are available by appointment only Monday through Friday, between 7:30 and 10:30 AM. The embassy is closed on Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays.
For more information about how to access the Consular Section click here.
Apply for a Passport
There are three simple steps to apply for or renew a U.S. Passport or Passport Card.
- Visit the State Department’s Passport Website to determine which application form you need to complete (DS-11 or DS-82) and which documents are required.
- Make an appointment by clicking here.
- Come to the Embassy 30 minutes prior your appointment with your application, required documents, and two 2″ x 2″ photos to allow time for security screening. A photographer is available at the Embassy Monday to Thursday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm and Friday before noon except the last Friday of every month. The fee for this service is $9 (nine dollars) for two photos.
For more information about how to access the Consular Section click here.
Passport Application Payment and Delivery Time
- If you are submitting a DS-82 to renew a passport, the fee is $110 USD
- If you are submitting a DS-11 for a minor, the fee is $115 USD
- If you are submitting a DS-11 for an adult, the fee is $145 USD
Passport fees are paid at the Embassy to the Consular Cashier, cash (in Cordobas or dollars but not a combination of both currencies) and credit cards are accepted.
Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee increased from $25 to $35. The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. For additional information please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/passports/execution-fee-increases.html
Passport Delivery Service
As part of our efforts to provide better customer service to U.S. citizens in Nicaragua, and reduce the number of trips to the Embassy to obtain a Passport, the U.S. Embassy now offers home passport delivery service through CAEX LOGISTICS.
Starting February 1, 2016, use of this service will be required for all non-emergency applications.
The current cost of the delivery service is $12 USD for passport delivery in Managua, $14 USD for delivery throughout all departments, $17 USD for Bluefields and Puerto Cabezas, and $29 for Corn Islands.
For those who present a valid passport for renewal, consular staff will cancel that passport by punching holes in it and provide you with an official letter that explains we have approved your replacement passport and it is on the way, should you encounter police or immigration authorities.
Please bring exact change. Payment will be made to a Caex Logistics representative in the waiting room immediately after a consular officer has approved a U.S. passport or CRBA.
For questions, send an email to: ACSmanagua@state.gov
Traveling on an Expired Passport
If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.
You qualify for this exception if all the following are true:
- You are a U.S. citizen.
- You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
- You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
- Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
- Your expired passport is undamaged.
- Your expired passport is unaltered.
- Your expired passport is in your possession.
You do not qualify for this exception if:
- You wish to depart from the United States to an international destination.
- You are currently abroad seeking to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.
- Your expired passport was limited in validity.
- Your expired passport is a special issuance passport (such as a diplomatic, official, service, or no-fee regular passport).
- Your expired passport is damaged.
- Your expired passport is altered.
- Your expired passport is not in your possession.
All other passport rules and regulations remain in effect. The Department of Homeland Security maintains discretion to reject any bearer in accordance with 22 CFR 53.2(b)(7) and 8 CFR 235.1(b)
Lost or Stolen Passport
Replacing a Lost/Stolen/Mutilated Passport
All applicants whose passports have been lost, stolen or mutilated must apply in person.
Passports can only be replaced during working hours. For working hours, directions and contact information, please click here. The U.S. Embassy is closed on both U.S. and Nicaraguan holidays.
Emergency passports issued abroad are valid for no more than 12 months (and may be issued with much shorter periods of validity), and must be replaced by a full-validity passport printed in the United States. You must return the limited validity emergency passport to obtain a full validity (5 or 10 years validity) passport.
Processing a replacement passport may be longer than normal, if, for example, you have shown a pattern of multiple losses or cannot clearly establish a claim to U.S. citizenship. You should not make any unchangeable travel plans until we are able to hand you your new passport.
Here’s What You’ll Need
To replace a lost, stolen or mutilated passport, you will generally need to present evidence of your identity and your U.S. citizenship, particularly if your passport was issued more than ten years ago. You will also need a police report, fee, photo and an application form.
Proof of Your Identity
Identity can be established through a government-issued photo ID document. These include but are not limited to a driver’s license, U.S. state ID, expired passport and/or Military ID.
Proof of Your Citizenship
Citizenship is established through an official U.S. birth certificate, U.S. naturalization or citizenship certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or an expired U.S. passport.
- Follow this link to learn how to obtain a copy of your birth certificate.
- how to get a copy of your CRBA?
To replace your lost or stolen passport, you should submit a police report documenting the circumstances surrounding the loss or theft.
You must also submit a detailed affidavit of the circumstances surrounding the loss or theft. Here is the form to use, available for download: DS-64 (PDF 51 KB). Please do not sign the affidavit — you will need to sign it at the Embassy when you apply in person for a new passport. (You will need to use the latest version of free Acrobat software to view and print this form. You can download the software.)
Applicants under the age of 16 must meet the requirements of the Law on Passport Applications for Minors.
The photo must be sized 2″ X 2″ (or 5 cm X 5 cm) with a white background. Click here for photo specifications.
The best way to make sure your photos are the right size is to download and print out a passport application (see above). The drawing of a proper photo is right on the application form.
The fee to replace a lost or stolen passport is $145 for adults and $115 for those age 16 or younger.
We accept U.S. dollars, credit cards, Nicaraguan cordobas and debit cards.
Child Support and Passport Issuance
Under Section 51.70 (a) (8) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations, a passport, except for direct return to the United States, will not be issued in any case in which the applicant has been certified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as notified by a state agency to be in arrears of child support in an amount exceeding $2,500.00. For more information, click here.
Your passport will be revoked if you fall under this regulation, including when you apply for additional pages, seek a renewal or process a Report of Birth application.
U.S. Tax Debt and Passport Issuance
Under Section 32101 of Public Law 114-94 (PDF 1 MB) signed by President Obama on December 4, 2015, the State Department shall not issue a U.S. passport to any individual certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as having a seriously delinquent tax debt. The State Department also may revoke any U.S. passport issued to a person certified by the IRS as having a seriously delinquent tax debt. A seriously delinquent tax debt is defined as greater than $50,000.
U.S. citizens overseas who have their U.S. passport applications denied or U.S. passports revoked on this basis are eligible for a limited U.S. passport valid only for direct return to the United States. Revocation of a U.S. passport does not affect the bearer’s U.S. citizenship.
U.S. Embassy Managua does not have a taxpayer assistance specialist on staff and we are unable to answer questions about individual tax issues; persons requiring taxpayer assistance or information should contact the Internal Revenue Service directly.
Third Party Attendance At Passport And CRBA Appointment Interviews
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
o Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
o Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
o The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
o It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
o Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
o Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
o To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
o The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
o No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
o Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
o During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
o Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
o Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.