Applying for the passport and/or the ID card

01.09.2022. 16:47

Please note that you can only apply for a Latvian passport and/or eID card if you are registered as a Latvian citizen or non-citizen and have received a personal code.

This service is available to persons residing abroad permanently and having declared their place of residence in USA with the Register of Natural Persons.

To apply for a new Latvian passport and/or eID card, please schedule an appointment in the electronic pre-registration system. When applying for the passport and/or eID card, you must bring along your previously filled out application form for the passport and/or eID card and the form regarding your place of residence in the U.S.

Please note that since January 1st 2021 persons over the age of 15 are required to receive an eID card, when receiving a passport.

Passport/eID card applications can only be processed if the applicant´s personal data (e.g. name, date/place of birth and citizenship) are correct and up-to-date in the Register of Natural Persons of Latvia. E.g. a name change due to marriage or a child born outside of Latvia shall be registered in the Register of Natural Persons of Latvia before submitting the passport application.

TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT AND/OR eID CARD FOR THE FIRST TIME, please submit the following documents:

  • Birth certificate;
  • Passport or eID card (if such has been issued);
  • Application for the passport and/or eiD card (to be filled out in Latvian);
  • Application regarding address in the US;
  • Document certifying your permanent residence in the USA (permanent resident card, work authorization, US passport, US visa, I-94 or I-20 forms, or other document);
  • A person under the age of 15 shall be issued a passport upon request of parent or custodian who holds Latvian citizenship.
  • Payment is accepted by credit or debit card. The fee includes the cost of shipment of the passport and/ or eID card with FedEx. An additional fee of EUR 25 will be applied to request eID card with the electronic signature certificate.

Average processing time for a new passport and/or eID card is approximately 8 weeks.

 

TO APPLY FOR A NEW PASSPORT AND/OR eID CARD, please submit the following documents:

  • Expired (or soon to expire) passport; expired (or soon to expire) eID card;
  • Application for the passport and/or eiD card (to be filled out in Latvian);
  • Application regarding address in the US;
  • Document certifying your permanent residence in the USA (permanent resident card, work authorization, US passport, US visa, I-94 or I-20 forms, or other document);
  • A person under the age of 15 shall be issued a passport upon request of parent or custodian who holds Latvian citizenship.
  • Payment is accepted by credit or debit card. The fee includes the cost of shipment of the passport and/ or eID card with FedEx. An additional fee of EUR 25 will be applied to request eID card with the electronic signature certificate.

Average processing time for a new passport and/or eID card is approximately 8 weeks.

TO OBTAIN A NEW PASSPORT AND/ OR eID CARD DUE TO THE CHANGE OF SURNAME/LAST NAME, please first register such a change with the Register of Natural Persons of Latvia. More information on Changes in the Register of Natural Persons of Latvia (marital status/change of name or last name/change of last name due to marriage or divorce)

Please submit the following documents:

  • Passport; eID card;
  • Application for the passport and/or eiD card (to be filled out in Latvian);
  • Application regarding address in the US;
  • Document certifying your permanent residence in the USA (permanent resident card, work authorization, US passport, US visa, I-94 or I-20 forms, or other document);
  • Payment is accepted by credit or debit card. The fee includes the cost of shipment of the passport and/ or eID card with FedEx. An additional fee of EUR 25 will be applied to request eID card with the electronic signature certificate.

Average processing time for a new passport and/or eID card is approximately 8 weeks.

 

TO RECEIVE A PASSPORT AND/ OR eID CARD DUE TO THE LOSS, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OF A DOCUMENT, please submit the following documents:

  • Statement on the loss of the document;
  • Application for the passport and/or eiD card (to be filled out in Latvian);
  • Application regarding address in the US;
  • Document certifying your permanent residence in the USA (permanent resident card, work authorization, US passport, US visa, I-94 or I-20 forms, or other document);
  • A person under the age of 15 shall be issued a passport upon request of parent or custodian who holds Latvian citizenship.
  • Payment is accepted by credit or debit card. The fee includes the cost of shipment of the passport and/ or e/ID card with FedEx. An additional fee of EUR 25 will be applied to request eID card with the electronic signature certificate.

Average processing time for a new passport and/or eID card is approximately 8 weeks.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 6, PARAGRAPH ONE OF THE LAW On the Status of those Former U.S.S.R. Citizens who do not have the Citizenship of Latvia or that of any Other State A NON-CITIZEN OF LATVIA WHO HAS ACQUIRED THE CITIZENSHIP (NATIONALITY) OF ANOTHER STATE HAS THE DUTY TO RENOUNCE THE NON-CITIZEN STATUS WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER ACQUIRING SUCH CITIZENSHIP (NATIONALITY). More information is available here

 In case of questions please contact the Consular Division of the Embassy by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone for consultations: (202) 328-2877 (from Monday until Friday from 10:00am until 12:00 noon and from 2:00pm until 4:00 pm Eastern time).

Please note:

All citizen passports (blue color) issued before July 1, 2002 containing a glued photograph, as well as passports without an expiration date (beztermiņa), are not valid travel documents since July 1, 2008.

Latvian citizen's passports issued between July 1, 2002 and November 19, 2007 with a validity of 50 years, and Latvian non-citizen's passports issued between April 10, 1997 and November 19, 2007 with validity of 50 years are not valid for international travel as of November 1, 2010.

 

Prices for a passport and eID card at the Embassy:

·         passport only - 95 EUR

·         passport and eID card – 100 EUR

·         passport for persons under the age of 20 and persons over the age of 64 - 80 EUR

·         passport and eID card for persons under the age of 20 and persons over the age of 64 – 85 EUR

·         eID card only - 80 EUR

          eID card for persons under the age of 20 and persons over the age of 64 - 70 EUR

 

Foreigner’s eID card

Foreigner’s eID card is a personal identity document, confirming the identity of the holder thereof when receiving the services in the digital environment as well as in presence, when visiting service providers in Latvia, for example, banks, notaries, state authorities.

How to register for a foreigner’s eID card?

  1.  Register in the Register of Natural Persons in order to receive a personal identity code.

2.      Registration can be performed by filling in the questionnaire, which shall be submitted at the Embassy in person (2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008) or at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. The fee for the service at the Embassy is 40.00EUR.

3.      During the visit a foreigner will have to present a personal identity document issued by his or her home country.

4.      The fee at the Embassy for preparation, production and issue of the foreigner’s eID card shall be170 EUR.

To submit the questionnaire or to apply for a eID card, please schedule an appointment in the electronic pre-registration system.

More detailed information about foreigner’s eID card is available here.

* The legal basis for the processing of personal data (given name, surname, personal identity number and other personal data indicated in the application) is Article 6(1)(c) of the General Data Protection Regulation. The legal obligation of Diplomatic and Consular Missions of Latvia abroad is to process personal data in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 134 of 21.02.2012 “Regulations Regarding Personal Identification Documents”.