Welcome to the passport information page. The passport section of the Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York provides passport services to citizens of Afghanistan for international travel.
On this page you will find information about machine-readable passport requirements and passport application forms. We encourage you to look over the directions, complete the form with the correct information, and return it to the Consulate General with the required documents.
Please note that presence of all passport applicants at the Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York is mandatory for biometric enrolment and other processing procedures.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our passport section during working hours:
Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 09:00 am to 3:00 pm
Phone: 212 972 2276, 212 972 2277
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AS MENTIONED BELOW TO AVOID ANY DELAY PROCESSING YOUR APPLICATION.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATION WILL BE PLACED ON HOLD
REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING AFGHAN PASSPORT
Applicants MUST book an appointment online prior to coming to the Consulate General. Clients with no prior appointment will not be serviced. For booking an appointment please click here to book.
- VISIT IN PERSON:
An applicant MUST visit the Consulate General in-person on the date and time of their appointment. Applicant under 18 years old MUST be accompanied by parents.
- BIOMETRIC ENROLMENT:
The consulate staff will do the biometric enrolment for those applicants visiting the consulate in person on the date and time of their appointment. Applicants sending application by mail MUST send a fingerprint card (FD258),
Please visit a police station or a fingerprint enrolment center to do biometric and receive a fingerprint card from them
Applicants under 7 years old do not need finger print card
- IDENTITY DOCUMENTS:
Original version of Afghanistan’s ID (Tazkera) Dari/Pashtu version verified by the Civil Registration Authority of Afghanistan.
(Original version) NOT COPY.
Copy of Tazkera translation duly attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. (copy of both side).
ONLY FOR CHILDREN: If born in the USA and is underage of 18 original Birth Certificate is required, the Certificate must contain the names of both father and mother of the child.
Copy of Afghan Passport and Tazira of both parents are required too.
Marriage Certificate of the parents must be presented to the Consulate General along with the application.
At the instruction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, all Afghan absentee ID Cards (Tazkira) that have been issued without obtaining a letter from one of Afghanistan’s Consulates abroad are no longer considered valid.
- OLD PASSPORT:
Your most recent Afghan passport (Original version) NOT COPY.
If you came without passport copy of the letter from migration.
If passport is lost a police report is required, the report should include full name of passport holder and passport information.
- PASSPORT APPLICATION:
An application must be filled carefully in BLOCK letters in English and Dari/Pashto for each applicant, with special attention to Given Name and Surname’s spelling, Given Name MUST BE as it is in Tazira, date of birth (Day/Month/Year), height, occupation and other specifics and accurate current address in the USA.
For child applicant one of the parents can sign. Application must be notarized if sent by mail. Application forms can be downloaded here or bottom of this page.
For applicants under 18 years old a letter from both parents (Father & Mother) requesting passport for their child/children is required.
IF THE APPLICATION IS NOT SIGINED OR THE SIGNAGURE IS NOT IN THE CORRECT PLACE IT WILL BE PLACED ON HOLD.
Two (2) Passport size Photo 2-by-2-inch with white background taken within six months with each application. (Please do not send old photo)
IMPORTANT: Make sure to use glue to attach the photo on to the passport application form. DO NOT USE STAPLES.
- USA ID or DOCUMENTS:
Copy of Green Card if you are a US alien resident or copy of your secondary passport if have dual nationality. if you are a student copy of your F1 Form.
Proof of address (copy of your driver license, utility bill or other document)
- PASSPORT FEE:
All fees must be in the form of money order payable to the Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York.
• Ordinary passport fee 120$, five-year validity.
• Ordinary passport fee 220$, ten-year validity. Applicant must be over 15 years old.
• Ordinary passport fee 240$, five-year validity. For lost passport replacement.
• Ordinary passport fee 20$ five-year validity if you are a student with a valid student visa.
• Ordinary passport fee 20$ five or ten year validity if you are sending a recently issued passport for correction.
If your old passport is expired, the following penalty fees are applicable:
• $5.00 for 1-3 months past validity date on passport.
• $10.00 for 4-6 months past validity date on passport.
• $15.00 for 7-9 months past validity date on passport.
• $20.00 for 10-12 months past validity date on passport.
Please note that if the passport is expired more than one year, the penalty fee will be calculated based on 5$ for every three-months. The penalty should be paid in a separate money order payable to the Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York.
- The Consulate General does NOT accept cash, check or card under any circumstances.
- PROCESSIN TIME:
5 working days is minimum processing time, if an application is not complete (missing any of the above mentioned required documents) will be placed on HOLD processing time will start after the application is complete.
If the applicant’s Tazkira is not verified by the Civil Registration Authority of Afghanistan, a copy of it will be sent to the Ministry of interior Affairs (MoIA) in Afghanistan for verification. A new machine-readable passport will only be issued once the Tazkira is verified by MoIA.
APPLICATION RECEIVED IN THE AFTERNOON WILL BE PROCEED NEXT WORKING DAY, WHICH WILL TAKE MINIMUM OF 5 WORKING DAYS
All applicants who do not possess verified Tazkiras should apply for Absentee Tazkira (Please refer to relevant section for further information on Absentee Tazkiras).
Starting from solar year 1396, Tazkiras issued in absence of the person which are not processed through the General Consulate, are not valid.
- PICK-UP & MAIL DELIVERY:
Pick-up time is ONLY from 02:00pm to 03:00pm, applicants could come for pick-up ONLY if the they have a confirmation via phone or email.
Please include a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope, large enough for the return of your passport and documents. You may use certified or registered mail, or any other traceable mailing service or courier to ensure safety of your passport.
The Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New York does not charge applicants for return mail and could not accept cash, card or money order to mail the document applicant MUST provide return mail.
All packages/envelops will be dropped to the postal service boxes, if the package is not appearing in postal service for tracking or the package is lost the Consulate is not responsible, the Consulate does not have any access to postal services system to update or find packages.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Consulate General, applications submitted to the General Consulate by travel agencies will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant.
- Ensure you write your full name in Dari/Pashto on the application.