These are the things you’ll need to apply for your passport:
- Proof of Your Identity: ID can be proved through a government-issued photo ID document. All documents must be originals.
- Proof of Your Citizenship: For first-time applicants, citizenship is proven through an official birth certificate or naturalization/citizenship certificate, or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. All documents must be originals. If you are over 16 and renewing an existing passport that you can present to us at the time of application, the old passport is your proof of citizenship. Go to http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm to learn how to obtain a copy of your birth certificate or other vital records.
- Application Form: Please submit one copy of Form DS-11, which can be found at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/forms.html. Note that the form you print must be clear and sharp, with black print on white paper. The paper must be letter or A-4 size. Thermal paper, dye-sublimation paper, special inkjet paper, and other shiny papers are not acceptable.
- 2″ X 2″ (or 5 cm X 5 cm) photograph. Go to http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/new.html for additional information on Passport Photos.
- Fee Payment. Please go to http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/photos/photos.htmlfor a list of fees and forms used for passport applications. We accept payment in U.S. Dollars, Moldovan Lei or via credit card.
How Long Does It Take?
Processing time is about seven to ten days after we receive your completed application and approve it. All passports are now printed in the U.S. and must be shipped to Moldova. Because computers break, emergencies happen, and mail is sometimes delivered late, we suggest that you do not make any unchangeable travel plans until you have the new passport in hand. You may collect the new passport when it is completed.