Austrian Passport

Important! Please schedule an appointment before coming to the embassy.

Since March 30, 2009, all new Austrian passports include fingerprints (except for children up to 12 years of age and emergency passports). The fingerprints will be saved on the chip and not displayed in the passport. Austrian passports are generally valid for ten (10) years. It takes approximately four to six weeks for a new passport to be issued.

IMPORTANT: All applicants, including children and infants, must be present at the Embassy or the Consulate General when applying for new passports. Postal applications cannot be processed (accept for "Miami passport" applications).

The issuance of a new austrian passport takes between four to six weeks. The issuance of an express passport can take between 3-5 days. However, the delivery time cannot be guaranteed. Please check current passport fees.

 

Children included in parent's passport:

Each child, including newborns, must travel on their own passport. The endorsements of children in passports of their parents became void on 15th June 2012. The passport of the parent itself remains valid until the expiry date, but only the holder of the passport can travel with it!

Please find all information regarding the issuance of passports for children under "Issuance of new passports for minors".

 

Where should I apply?

Austrian citizens living abroad can apply for a new passport or changes to their passport at the Embassy or Consulate General closest to their permanent address. In North America, you may apply at the following offices:

Austrian Embassies in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, Canada
Austrian Consulates General in New York and Los Angeles

Click for contacts: AUSTRIAN EMBASSY AND CONSULATES GENERAL IN THE U.S.

Please note that Honorary Consulates, except the Consulate in Miami, are not able to take fingerprints!

If you plan to apply for a new passport at the Consulate in Miami please read this first!

Austrian citizens living abroad may also apply for a passport with the local authorities (city or county government) while in Austria for vacation etc.

 

A) Issuance of new passports for adults:

The following documents (in German) must be submitted when applying for a new passport (use of an application form is only required when applying at the Austrian Consulate in Miami):

  • Affidavit for adults (Eidesstattliche Erklärung) - completed and signed
  • One recent passport picture; please check passport picture criteria first - max. head size 1.4 inch (36 mm), min. eye distance 0.3 inch (8mm), american size accepted, please do not cut the pictures.
  • Original Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or valid visa; if you live in the Bahamas: Certificate of residence
  • Proof of current residence (US driver’s license, utility bill etc.) 
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Citizenship by either
  • If applicable: Approval of dual citizenship and a copy of the U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (does not apply to Austrians born in the U.S.)
  • Current passport. If the applicant holds other citizenships, please provide foreign passport(s) at your appointment.
  • If applicable: Marriage Certificate(s) and name change certificate(s)
  • If applicable: Divorce decree(s) of former marriage(s)
  • If applicable: Proof of academic degree, if you wish to have it entered in the passport (degrees from EU and EEC countries only!) - www.naric.at
  • If passport has been lost or stolen: proof that loss/theft has been reported to police
  • Passport fee may be paid in cash, as postal money order or cashier's check. Credit/Debit cards and personal checks cannot be accepted.
  • Self-addressed and prepaid envelope (preferably USPS Priority) if you want your passport returned by U.S. mail. FedEx envelopes or shipping labels need to be prepaid; labels which only show a credit card number cannot be accepted. "Bill Sender" option on FedEx labels will not be accepted.

The Austrian Embassy will not be responsible for documents after they were mailed!

Please note, that additional documents may be required on a case by case basis.

 

B) Issuance of new passports for minors:

Passports issued to minors are valid for:

  • under the age of two: two (2) years (free of charge)
  • between the ages of two (2) and twelve (12): five (5) years
  • over twelve years of age: ten (10) years - personal appereance for fingerprinting necessary

Please check the fee due for children's passports until the age of 12. The passport application for children under the age of 14 must be signed by both parents either at the Embassy or before a notary public. If the parents are divorced, the divorce decree must be presented.

Minors over the age of 14 may apply for a passport themselves, provided that both parents have given their written consent (either at the Embassy or before a notary public).

For children under the age of two, the issuance of an Austrian citizenship certificate and Austrian passport is free of charge.

Passports for minors under the age of 12 may be applied for at a honorary consulate closest to you. Please email the embassy for further questions in regards to this type of application.


The following documents are required (in original):

  • Application form for minors - completed and signed by both parents either at the Embassy or before a notary public
  • Affidavit for minors (Eidesstattliche Erklärung) - completed and signed by both parents either at the Embassy or before a notary public
  • Two (2) recent passport photographs; please check passport picture criteria first - max. head size 1.4 inch (36 mm), min. eye distance 0.3 inch (8mm), american size accepted, please do not cut the pictures.
  • Alien Registration Card or valid US-Visa, certificate of residence (Bahamas) - for the child and the Austrian parent
  • Birth Certificates of the parents and the child (American birth certificates must include the city of birth, not just the county; "long form", "book copy"). If you are applying for your child's first Austrian passport, the birth certificate needs to have an apostille.
  • Certificate of Citizenship - for the child and the Austrian parent (can be issued by the Embassy)
  • Any old passport of the child (if applicable); if the child holds any other foreign citizenships, please present the foreign passport(s): US-passport, etc.
  • Valid passports of both parents
  • Marriage Certificate of parents (if applicable). If you are applying for your child's first Austrian passport, the marriage certificate needs to have an apostille.
  • If applicable: Divorce decree of the parents, custodial agreements
  • Passport fee may be paid in cash, as postal money order or cashier's check. Credit/Debit cards and personal checks cannot be accepted.
  • Self-addressed and prepaid envelope (preferably USPS Priority) if you want your passport returned by U.S. mail. FedEx envelopes or shipping labels need to be prepaid; labels which only show a credit card number cannot be accepted. "Bill Sender" option on FedEx labels will not be accepted.

The Austrian Embassy will not be responsible for documents after they were mailed!

Please note, that additional documents may be required on a case by case basis.

More Information concerning apostille, please check "Certification of Documents".

 

C) Changes to valid passports:

Only the following changes are possible:

a) entry of a recognized academic degree
b) special characteristics

As of June 15, 2009, every child needs to have his/her own passport. A change of one's family name is not possible. In that case, you have to apply for a new passport.

The following documents are required:

  • Application form for altering your passport
  • Original Alien Registration Card (Green Card) or valid visa
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Original Certificate of Citizenship
  • Passport
  • If applicable: Proof of academic degree
  • Self-addressed and prepaid envelope (preferably USPS Priority) if you want your passport returned by U.S. mail. FedEx envelopes or shipping labels need to be prepaid; labels which only show a credit card number cannot be accepted. "Bill Sender" option on FedEx labels will not be accepted.

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Embassy of Austria
Consular Section
3524 International Court, NW
Washington, D.C., 20008


Consulate Office Hours:
Monday through Friday,10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(except on Austrian and U.S. holidays )

E-mail: consularsection[at]austria.org