First Time Applicant

If you are driving to Ljubljana from Italy, Austria, Croatia, or Hungary, please make sure you stop before the border and purchase a vignette for your car.  Gas stations and other businesses in neighboring countries within a few kilometers of the Slovenian border sell Slovenian vignettes.  Using Slovene highways without a valid and properly-displayed vignette in a vehicle is considered a violation of the law; drivers may be fined between EUR 300 and 800.


Adults applying for First Time Passports 

We would be happy to help you apply for your first passport or passport card.  Please note that if you have been issued an official or no-fee military passport within the past 10 years and after the age of 16, you are not considered to be a first time applicant — please refer to our page on renewing a passport.  If you previously had a passport as a child and are now applying for your first 10-year passport, you are considered a first time applicant.

All documents must be originals.  All birth, adoption, marriage, death or divorce certificates must bear an original seal, stamp or signature.  And all documents not in English or Slovene must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Proof of U.S. citizenship, such as:

Proof of identity, such as:

  • a valid passport of any country; or
  • a valid driver’s license with photograph; or
  • a valid national identity card with photograph; or
  • a valid U.S. military ID card.

If you no longer use the name on your birth certificate, we will need proof of name change, such as:

  • your marriage certificate; or
  • adoption decree; or
  • a court order; or
  • three pieces of acceptable identification listing your current name that were issued within the past five years.  Acceptable pieces of identification may include: school records, U.S. tax records, military records, driver’s license, federal/state/local government card, foreign passport, etc.

Necessary forms, photo, and fee – please make sure you have the following items BEFORE you come to your appointment:

  • Complete the form using the electronic passport wizard, print the form, and bring it to the interview.  Please do not sign the form until you are at the Embassy, in front of the consular officer.
  • One passport photo – 2” x 2” (5×5 cm) against a white background and without glasses.  There are several photo studios close to the Embassy that are familiar with our passport photo requirements.
  • The fee for a passport is US$145.  We accept U.S. dollars or euros, payable in cash or by credit card.  The fee in euros fluctuates with the exchange rate, so please contact the Consular Section at ACSLjubljana@state.gov for the current rate if you plan to pay in euros and need to know the exact amount.

All passport services are handled by appointment only, using our online calendar.  Please make an appointment.

Please note: due to security procedures, we are only able to admit visitors who have business with the consular section, their minor children, or a companion to provide necessary physical assistance.  We are not able to admit other visitors without prior special arrangement.  If there will be someone accompanying the primary applicant, like parents of a minor child or a companion to provide physical assistance, please email the consular section and provide the name of the primary applicant, the names of anyone accompanying the primary applicant, and the date of the appointment.

On the day of your appointment, please bring all of the required items listed above in Step One.  Make sure you have the photo and the passport fee BEFORE you enter the Embassy. 

Once the passport has been printed in the U.S. and couriered to the Embassy, you can either pick it up in-person or we can mail it to you.  If you prefer the mailing option, please bring us an A5-sized padded envelope (podložena kuverta) with €.1.15 in Slovene postage stamps affixed to it. Please note that we only mail documents within Slovenia.  If you live in Italy, Croatia, or Austria, you will either need to pick up the passport at the Embassy or use a friend’s address in Slovenia for the mail.


Children applying for First Time Passports

If the child was born outside the U.S. and has not yet been issued a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please see our page on Birth of a Child.

All documents must be originals.  All birth, adoption, marriage, death or divorce certificates must bear an original seal, stamp or signature.  And all documents not in English or Slovene must be accompanied by a certified translation

Proof of U.S. citizenship, such as:

Proof of identity, such as:

  • a valid passport of any country; or
  • a valid national identity card with photograph

Necessary forms, photo, and fee – please make sure you have the following items BEFORE you come to your appointment:

  • Complete the form using the electronic passport wizard, print the form, and bring it to the interview.  Please do not sign the form until you are at the Embassy, in front of the consular officer.
  • One passport photo – 2” x 2” (5×5 cm) against a white background and without glasses.  There are several photo studios close to the Embassy that are familiar with our passport photo requirements.
  • The fee for a passport for a minor is US$115.  We accept U.S. dollars or euros, payable in cash or by credit card.  The fee in euros fluctuates with the exchange rate, so please contact the Consular Section at ACSLjubljana@state.gov for the current rate if you plan to pay in euros and need to know the exact amount.
  • Passports or Slovene ID cards for both parents.  All applicants under the age of 16 must meet the requirements listed in the Law on Passport Applications for Minors.  In most instances, this means that both parents must sign the child’s passport application.  Both parents can come to the Embassy and sign together, in-person, or… One parent may sign in-person and the other parent may give his/her consent through a written affidavit.  The affidavit must be notarized.

All passport services are handled by appointment only, on our online calendar.   Your child, even a newborn, must appear in person at our office. There are no exceptions possible for this requirement, sorry.

Please note: due to security procedures, we are only able to admit visitors who have business with the consular section, their minor children, or a companion to provide necessary physical assistance.  We are not able to admit other visitors without prior special arrangement.  If there will be someone accompanying the primary applicant, like parents of a minor child or a companion to provide physical assistance, please email the consular section and provide the name of the primary applicant, the names of anyone accompanying the primary applicant, and the date of the appointment.

On the day of your appointment, please bring all of the required items listed above in Step One.  Make sure you have the photo and the passport fee BEFORE you enter the Embassy.

Once the passport has been printed in the U.S. and couriered to the Embassy, one parent can either pick it up in-person or we can mail it to you. If you prefer the mailing option, please bring us an A5-sized padded envelope (podložena kuverta) with €.1.15 in Slovene postage stamps affixed to it.  Please note that we only mail documents within Slovenia.  If you live in Italy, Croatia or Austria, you will either need to pick up the passport at the Embassy or use a friend’s address in Slovenia for the mail.

Timeframe for Receiving the Passport

All full-validity passports are printed in the U.S. and are mailed by courier service back to the Embassy.  It typically takes between 7 to 10 working days for us to receive a passport.   In emergency cases, we may be able to issue a limited-validity passport here at the Embassy.   If you have immediate travel plans, please be prepared to present a copy of your plane, bus or train tickets to the Consular Officer.