Japanese Passport

2022/4/1
  • DC, MD and VA residents ONLY.
  • If you acquire US citizenship through naturalization, then you have lost Japanese nationality and cannot apply for a Japanese passport. You are required to report the loss of Japanese nationality by submitting the Denaturalization Registration (Kokuseki Soshitsu Todoke) as soon as possible.
  • Applications CANNOT be accepted by mail. You may designate someone to apply on your behalf, but you MUST come in to pick-up your own passport.
  • Please also read Notice for Parents: Application for Japanese passports of minors.
  • It will take at least 5 days to issue a passport.

Type of Passport

Necessary documents

New or Expired Passport

application form Application Form (Download form)
  • Application form is also available at the window.
  • The form must be typed in Japanese and printed out.
  • Use BLACK INK ONLY. Do NOT use an erasable pen.
  • There are 2 types of passports: the 10-year and the 5-year passport. Minors under the age of 18 can only apply for a 5-year passport.
  • Applicants age 6 and older will need to sign their own name.
  • Minors (under the age of 18) will need a parent or legal guardian’s signature. If the parent or guardian does not live with the minor, the minor will need a signed Letter of Consent from their parent or legal guardian to apply. The applicant must submit the original Letter of Consent along with the envelope it was mailed in.
  • Applicants under the age of 16 will need to show both of their parents' passports or ID cards at the window. 
1
Official Family Registry (Koseki Tohon or Koseki Shohon)
  • Must be issued within the last 6 months
1 (original)
photo Photo, taken within the last 6 months
  • Uncut 2”x 2” U.S. passport photo; the size of the face (from head to chin) should be between 3.2 - 3.6cm (~ 1⅜“).
  • The subject of the photo should be facing forward and in front of a plain background.
  • Any photos with an exaggerated smile with teeth showing, hair covering the eyes, or any digitally altered photos may not be accepted.
  • Eye glasses: cannot have the frames covering the eyes or flash reflected off the eyes.
1
passport Current Japanese passport
  • If the most recent passport has expired, you will still need to bring it.
  • This passport will be given back to you at pick up.
Original
ID Proof of lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Green card, visa, I-20, etc.
  • U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate for dual citizens born in the U.S.
  • Dual citizens born outside of the U.S. are required to bring their birth certificate known as the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (for the details, please contact the U.S. Department of State).
Original (will be returned)
 

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Renewal

You may renew your passport within 1 year of the expiration date.

 
application form Application Form (Download form)
  • Application form is also available at the window.
  • The form must be typed in Japanese and printed out.
  • Use BLACK INK ONLY. Do NOT use an erasable pen.
  • There are 2 types of passports: the 10-year and the 5-year passport. Minors under the age of 18 can only apply for a 5-year passport.
  • Applicants age 6 and older will need to sign their own name.
  • Minors (under the age of 18) will need a parent or legal guardian’s signature. If the parent or guardian does not live with the minor, the minor will need a signed Letter of Consent from their parent or legal guardian to apply. The applicant must submit the original Letter of Consent along with the envelope it was mailed in.
  • Applicants under the age of 16 will need to show both of their parents' passports or ID cards at the window. 
1
Official Family Registry (Koseki Tohon or Koseki Shohon)
  • If you DO NOT have any changes on your Official Family Registry (name, Registered Domicile, or gender), you are not required to submit a Official Family Registry.
  • Must be issued within the last 6 months
1 (original)
photo Photo, taken within the last 6 months
  • Uncut 2”x 2” U.S. passport photo; the size of the face (from head to chin) should be between 3.2 - 3.6cm (~ 1⅜“).
  • The subject of the photo should be facing forward and in front of a plain background.
  • Any photos with an exaggerated smile with teeth showing, hair covering the eyes, or any digitally altered photos may not be accepted.
  • Eye glasses: cannot have the frames covering the eyes or flash reflected off the eyes.
 
1
passport Valid Japanese passport
  • If the most recent passport has expired, you will still need to bring it.
  • This passport will be given back to you at pick up.
Original
ID Proof of lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Green card, visa, I-20, etc.
  • U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate for dual citizens born in the U.S.
  • Dual citizens born outside of the U.S. are required to bring their birth certificate known as the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (for the details, please contact the U.S. Department of State).
Original (will be returned)
 

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Revised Passport (for change in name or domicile)

application form Application Form (Download form)
  • Application form is also available at the window.
  • The form must be typed in Japanese and printed out.
  • Use BLACK INK ONLY. Do NOT use an erasable pen.
  • There are 2 types of passports: the 10-year and the 5-year passport. Minors under the age of 18 can only apply for a 5-year passport.
  • Applicants age 6 and older will need to sign their own name.
  • Minors (under the age of 18) will need a parent or legal guardian’s signature. If the parent or guardian does not live with the minor, the minor will need a signed Letter of Consent from their parent or legal guardian to apply. The applicant must submit the original Letter of Consent along with the envelope it was mailed in.
1
Official Family Registry (REVISED Koseki Tohon or Koseki Shohon)
  • If you have any changes on your Official Family Registry (name, Registered Domicile, or gender), you are required to submit a revised Official Family Registry that reflects the change(s).
  • Must be issued within the last 6 months
1 (original)
photo Photo, taken within the last 6 months
  • Uncut 2”x 2” U.S. passport photo; the size of the face (from head to chin) should be between 3.2 - 3.6cm (~ 1⅜“).
  • The subject of the photo should be facing forward and in front of a plain background.
  • Any photos with an exaggerated smile with teeth showing, hair covering the eyes, or any digitally altered photos may not be accepted.
  • Eye glasses: cannot have the frames covering the eyes or flash reflected off the eyes.
1
passport Valid Japanese passport
  • This passport will be given back to you at pick up.
Original
ID If you change your name: Proof of current name
  • Marriage certificate, Green card, Birth certificate, US Passport, etc.
Original (will be returned)
ID Proof of lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Green card, visa, I-20, etc.
  • U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate for dual citizens born in the U.S.
  • Dual citizens born outside of the U.S. are required to bring their birth certificate known as the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (for the details, please contact the U.S. Department of State).
Original (will be returned)
 

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Report a lost or stolen passport

application form Application Form (Download form)
  • The form must be typed in Japanese and printed out.
  • Use BLACK INK ONLY. Do NOT use an erasable pen.
  • Minors (under the age of 18) will need a parent or legal guardian’s signature. If the parent or guardian does not live with the minor, the minor will need a signed Letter of Consent from their parent or legal guardian to apply. The applicant must submit the original Letter of Consent along with the envelope it was mailed in.
  • Applicants under the age of 16 will need to show both of their parents' passports or ID cards at the window. 
1
photo Photo, taken within the last 6 months
  • Uncut 2”x 2” U.S. passport photo; the size of the face (from head to chin) should be between 3.2 - 3.6cm (~ 1⅜“).
  • The subject of the photo should be facing forward and in front of a plain background.
  • Any photos with an exaggerated smile with teeth showing, hair covering the eyes, or any digitally altered photos may not be accepted.
  • Eye glasses: cannot have the frames covering the eyes or flash reflected off the eyes.
  • To apply for a new passport or an emergency travel document with your report, you will need at least 2 photos.
1 or 2
Police report (for theft)
  • If you cannot obtain the report, then the police case number is required.
Original
ID Proof of lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Green card, visa, I-20, etc.
  • U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate for dual citizens born in the U.S.
  • Dual citizens born outside of the U.S. are required to bring their birth certificate known as the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (for the details, please contact the U.S. Department of State).
  • If you are a traveler, not a resident in the US, ESTA
Printed copy (I-94 or ESTA)
Original (other than I-94 or ESTA)
ID Proof of ID
  • Japanese driver’s license, etc.
Original (will be returned)
 

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Emergency travel document

The travel document (Tokosho) is issued for those who have an emergency reason to go to Japan and cannot wait the number of days required to issue a new passport. The travel document can be picked up one or two days prior to departure. This travel document cannot be used to enter other countries and will expire once you arrive in Japan. If you wish to apply for this travel document, please contact the Consular Section beforehand.

 
application form Application Form (only available at the window)
  • Minors (under the age of 18) will need a parent or legal guardian’s signature. If the parent or guardian does not live with the minor, the minor will need a signed Letter of Consent from their parent or legal guardian to apply. The applicant must submit the original Letter of Consent along with the envelope it was mailed in.
  • Applicants under the age of 16 will need to show both of their parents' passports or ID cards at the window. 
1 (at the window)
photo Photo, taken within the last 6 months
  • Uncut 2”x 2” U.S. passport photo; the size of the face (from head to chin) should be between 3.2 - 3.6cm (~ 1⅜“).
  • The subject of the photo should be facing forward and in front of a plain background.
  • Any photos with an exaggerated smile with teeth showing, hair covering the eyes, or any digitally altered photos may not be accepted.
  • Eye glasses: cannot have the frames covering the eyes or flash reflected off the eyes.
1
passport Recently expired Japanese passport
  • If your passport is lost or stolen, you will need additional documents listed in <a data-cke-saved-name="" name="" lost'="">Report a Lost or Stolen Passport.
Original
ID Proof of lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Green card, visa, I-20, etc.
  • U.S. Passport or Birth Certificate for dual citizens born in the U.S.
  • Dual citizens born outside of the U.S. are required to bring their birth certificate known as the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (for the details, please contact the U.S. Department of State).
  • If you are a traveler, not a resident in the US, ESTA
Printed copy (I-94 or ESTA)
Original (other than I-94 or ESTA)
ID Proof of Japanese Nationality
  • Official Family registry (Koseki Tohon or Koseki Shohon) or Juminhyo, etc.
Original
Flight itinerary or airline ticket
  • Must have the passenger’s name, date of departure, airline and flight number.
1 (copy)
 

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Residents in remote areas/Additional visa pages

  • Standard processing times for Japanese passports require applicants to visit our office twice (the first time to submit an application and the second time for pick up). For those who live in our jurisdiction, but live in remote areas, you are eligible to submit an application by mail and visit the Embassy in person for pick up. Please contact the consular section for more details.
  • For passports out of visa pages; you can add 40 more pages to your current passport. Please contact the consular section for more details.
 

Fee (Cash Only)

New or Expired Passport 10 years (age 18 and over) $148
5 years (age 12 and over) $102
5 years (under 12) $56
Revised Passport (for a change of name or domicile) $56
Additional visa pages (for passports out of visa pages) $23
Emergency travel document $23

 

Related Information

Contact

Consular section
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008-2869
(202)238-6800
M-F 9:15am-12:30pm (please arrive by 11:30 am), 1:30pm-4:30pm (please arrive by 3:30 pm)