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Since March 30, 2009, all new Austrian passports include fingerprints. The fingerprints will be saved on the chip and not displayed in the passport. The Austrian Consulate General cannot accept passport applications by mail. All valid Austrian passports will stay valid until their expiration date and don't need to be exchanged. Austrian passports are valid for ten (10) years and cannot be renewed

IMPORTANT: Postal applications cannot be processed. All applicants including children and infants must be present at the Embassy when applying for new passports.

Children included in parent's passport:

The endorsements of children in valid passports of their parents expired on 15th June 2012. Each child, including newborns, must be issued with their own passport in order to travel. The passport of the parent itself still be valid until the expiry date – only the holder of the passport can travel with it!

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

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

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

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

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

) Issuance of new passports:

Austrian passports are valid for ten (10) years and cannot be renewed. Since March 30, 2009, Austria issues biometric passports with fingerprints. It takes approximately four to five weeks for the new passport to be issued.

The following documents (in German) must be submitted when applying for a new passport:

Application form  - dated and signed
Eidesstattliche Erklaerung - Affidavit for adults  or minors  - completed and signed
Two recent passport pictures without official seal; show print-out of passport picture criteria to photographer of your choice. Picture size min. 1.8 inch (45 mm) high x min. 1.4 inch (35 mm) wide, max. head size 1.4 inch (36 mm), min. eye distance 0.3 inch (8mm)
Original Alien Registration Card (Green Card) or valid visa: certificate of residence (Bahamas)
Original Birth Certificate
Original Certificate of Citizenship (can be issued by the Embassy). Children of up to 12 years of age: Original Certificate of Citizenship of either parent (if child born in wedlock) or of mother (if born out of wedlock)
Approval of dual citizenship and a copy of the U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)
Old passport
If applicable: Marriage Certificate
If applicable: Divorce decree(s) of former marriage(s)
If applicable: Proof of academic degree
If passport has been lost or stolen: proof that loss/theft has been reported to police
Self-addressed and stamped envelope (including Certified Mail Receipt) if you want your passport returned by US mail. The Austrian Embassy will not be responsible for documents after they were mailed.

Note: Expedited processing not available at foreign missions.
B) Issuance of new passports for minors (up to 12 years)

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 (see bottom of page). 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, an Austrian citizenship certificate and Austrian passport is free of charge.

The following documents are required (in original):

Application form - signed and dated by both parents either at the Embassy or before a notary public
Affidavit (Eidesstattliche Erklärung) - completed and signed by both parents either at the Embassy or before a notary public
Two (2) recent passport photographs
Alien Registration Card or valid US-Visa, certificate of Residence (Bahamas) - for the child and the Austrian parent
Birth Certificate - of the parents and the child (American birth certificates must include the city of birth, not just the county; "long form", "book copy")
Certificate of Citizenship - for the child and the Austrian parent (can be issued by the Embassy)
Proof of Citizenship of the other parent (copy of the Birth Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship or Passport)
Any old passport of the child (if applicable)
Valid passport of both parents.
Marriage Certificate o parents (if applicable)
If applicable: Divorce decree of the parents, custodial agreements
Self-addressed and stamped envelope if you want your passport returned by mail (the Embassy cannot be held liable for any loss or theft of documents while handled by a mail/ postal service)

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 (in German only)
Original Alien Registration Card (Green Card) or valid visa
Original Birth Certificate
Original Certificate of Citizenship
If applicable: Proof of academic degree
Self-addressed and stamped envelope (including Certified Mail Receipt) if you want your passport returned by USPS. The Austrian Embassy will not be responsible for documents after they were mailed.

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.

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