April 1, 2015 by JL Walker
If you’re in Italy, make an appointment with your nearest US consulate through their website. You might have to wait a week or two before the next appointment is available. Print out the confirmation.
Read the specific instructions on what to bring and what not to bring to your appointment: no bags or backpacks, no electronic devices. Points will be deducted for each bag and each electronic device you bring with you.
What to bring, the essentials:
-cell phone (it’s the only way you’ll know if you’re on time, after all!)
-your appointment confirmation
-your birth certificate
You can complete the online form for passport corrections or passport renewal and print that out too, but remember that there will be computers available at the consulate in case you made a mistake.
You can either bring a picture with you (Please note: a special passport size is required. The pictures available in the subway photo booths might not be the right size.) If you decide to use the Consulate photo booth, make sure you dress appropriately and apply stage makeup. Remember, this photo will follow you around for the next 10 years!
The day of your appointment
Try to get to the consulate 15 minutes before your appointment. You will need to get in the line for American citizens (usually shorter and faster than the other line!), go through the metal detectors, deposit your powered down cell phone in a locker, clip on your visitor’s badge and go up to the offices. Then take a number and wait your turn.
Your number has been called! Explain your situation to the window clerk. She will tell you that your application should be for a passport renewal and not a name correction since the discrepancy isn’t due to a printing mistake. She will at first tell you that you need to come back to the consulate at 2pm that afternoon, but then take pity on you and tell you that you can renew your passport that morning. Fill out the proper paperwork, get your passport photo taken in the photo booth (€5), then make your payment of $110 for the passport renewal. You will then need to wait for a few hours. Extra points if you are a helpful citizen and can translate the online form for a US national who only speaks Italian while you’re waiting.
Eventually your number will be called again and you can pick up your appointment slip that tells you when to pick up your new passport two weeks later.
Congratulations! You’ve passed the level and you have one more document that contains your full name! You’re one step closer to achieving dual citizenship!
For up-to-date information on getting your passport renewed at the US Consulate in Milan, see their website: http://italy.usembassy.gov/acs/passports-renewal.html
Completed: January 20, 2015