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Consolato Generale d’Italia
Passport Department
2590 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA 94115


1) General Information
2) Passport Renewals and Booklets With No More Available Pages
3) Appointments
4) Passport Fees
5) Annual stamp/tax (Marca da bollo) - no longer applicable as of 24 June 2014
6) Digital Fingerprinting
7) Declaration Form for Minors Under 14 Years Old Travelling WITHOUT Their Parents/Legal Guardians 
8) Requirements for the USA – minimum passport validity, visas, ESTA, and other information.



  • To be able to request a passport through this office you must already have been granted Italian citizenship, either at birth, or following a request for citizenship recognition. (For information on how to request Italian citizenship, please visit the webpage of the Citizenship department of this Consulate)

  • Italian citizens residing for at least 6 months per year in this Consular jurisdiction must EITHER already be registered at this Consulate in San Francisco, OR have submitted an AIRE registration request to this Consulate AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED PASSPORT APPOINTMENT. This also applies to citizens currently registered in AIRE who were previously registered at another Consulate who satisfy the residency requirement. To register in AIRE through this Consulate, visit the Registry – AIRE page of this website.
    • AIRE registration is a legal obligation of all Italian citizens (art. 6 of law 470/1988) and is required for passport issuance abroad.

  • By law, citizens should submit passport applications to their competent office in whose jurisdiction they reside, whether in Italy or abroad. The jurisdiction of the Consulate General in San Francisco covers Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, American Territories of Samoa, American Territory of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Johnston Atoll, Wake Island, Midways Islands, and California (except the following counties, which are under the jurisdiction of the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles: Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Ventura)

  • To request a passport for a minor born outside of Italy, parents must have already submitted a request to register the minor’s birth certificate to a Consulate/Embassy abroad, or directly to a Comune in Italy AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO REQUESTING THE PASSPORT. For information on how to register a birth certificate, please visit the Vital Records page of this Consulate.

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It is no longer possible to renew Italian passports. Those with an expiring (or expired) Italian passport must follow instructions for the issuance of a new passport booklet. Similarly, it is no longer possible to add pages to Italian passports. Citizens in possession of a valid Italian passport with no more available pages must follow the same intructions for the issuance of a new passport booklet. 

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IMPORTANT: If you are NOT yet an Italian citizen, and you are trying to request an apointment for recognition of Italian Citizenship, you CANNOT schedule an appointment with this passport department. In this case please continue checking Prenota OnLine for Citizenship appointments and contact the Citizenship department if you have questions.


  • Each applicant requires an individual username/account created in Preonta OnLine, and each account requires the use of a different email address. Once the accounts are created, a separate appointment may be scheduled for each applicant by logging into each individual account. It is only possible to accpet ONE applicant per appointment slot.

  • All passport applicants 12 years and older require an individual appointment at this office, scheduled AND CONFIRMED online.

  • Passport requests for minors younger than 12 years old will be processed by mail and do not require an appointment. (Please refer to the Passports for MINORS page for instructions.)

  • IF NO APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE and/or you wish to change the date of your appointment: you must frequently check Prenota OnLine for any appointments that become newly available following cancellations. If you have already scheduled an appointment, you must cancel the previously scheduled appointment and then schedule a new appointment for the newly available date and time.

: Appointments must be booked exclusively online. 

  • Appointments require a secondary confirmation no later than 3 days before the scheduled appointment date.
  • Appointments may be re-confirmed beginning 10 days prior to the appointment date.
  • To re-confirm the appointment:
    1. Login to Prenota OnLine
    2. Click on “My Reservations"
    3. Click on the green check mark next to the appointment date
    • PLEASE NOTE: failure to re-confirm the appointment will result in an automatic cancellation by the reservation system, and the appointment slot will once again become available for other passport applicants.

To schedule an appointment, please visit the Prenota OnLine reservation system (click here).

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THE TOTAL COST of the passport is published on the “Consular Fees” page of our website. We only accept MONEY ORDER or BANK ISSUED CASHIER'S CHECK in $USD made out to "Consulate General of Italy - San Francisco." Please ensure Money Order/Cashier's Check is already filled out before submitting payment to the Consulate.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Consular fees are updated every quarter. Make sure that the payment amount will be valid on the day of your appointment.

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ANNUAL TAX/STAMP (Marca da Bollo)

On June 24th, 2014 the annual tax/stamp previously required for Italian passports was eliminated. Passports issued prior to this date are no longer subject to this annual tax and are valid until their expiration. Passports issued after this date are now subject to a single, one-time payment (composed of the cost of the passport booklet and an administrative fee) which covers the passport until its date of expiration.

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  • The issuance of a new biometric passport requires the physical presence of the applicant at this Consulate General in San Francisco in order to acquire his/her digital fingerprints.
  • Applicants under 12 years old are exempt from digital fingerprinting
  • Other reasons for exemption from fingerprinting are:
    • Documented permanent or pathological disability – must be proven through a Medical Certification letter issued by a local physician, hospital, etc.
    • or evident disability or deformity

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Italian children under the age of 14 (fourteen), travelling without their parents or legal guardians, must have an authorization issued by the competent Consular office for that purpose. This authorization is issued following the submittal of an ad-hoc declaration showing the name of the person(s), of the company, or Airline to which the minor(s) will be entrusted during their trip. A mention of the party accompanying the minor(s) will be mentioned in the Italian passport of the minor(s). 

In order to travel without the parents/legal guardians, the following original documentation must be submitted to the Consulate:

  1. Declaration form for accompanying a minor, signed by both of children's parents/legal guardians in the presence of a Consular officer, or a Notary Public.
    • If the minor will be accompanied by a person or persons, please indicate on the form the complete address(es) of those accompanying the minor, and include a photocopy of a valid photo ID of those people if possible.
  2. Minor's Italian passport

If sending the documentation from points 1 and 2 by mail, parents must also include

  • Authorization form for returning the passport by mail, filled out and signed
  • Pre-paid and self-addressed envelope for returning the new and old (when applicable) italian passport - return envelope MUST be either United States Postal Service Espress Mail or Priority Mail.

The accompanying statement as well as the authorization are valid for one round trip, but under well-founded circumstances (medical care, studies, etc.) can be valid up a maximum of six months.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE USA – minimum passport validity, visas, ESTA, and other information.

Please click on the links below to open the web pages. For additional information on the topics below please contact the competent United States authority.


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For questions or clarification, please contact the Passport Department by sending an email to the address listed on the "Departments" page.


For additional information regarding passport issuance can also be found on the following website: