Consular Services for U.S. Military Personnel and Dependents
The U.S. Mission in Japan is pleased and honored to be able to serve our military colleagues and their families. We work closely with personnel offices on base to provide you the services and information you need.
All services require appointments. No services will be given to those without an appointment. We are closed on Japanese and American holidays.
Passport Agents on Base:
Department of Defense-affiliated personnel may apply for consular services such as passports, reports of birth, and notarial services at the Military Passport Acceptance Agencies located on your base. Using a Military Passport Acceptance Agency can also save you and your family a trip to the Embassy/Consulate. Please note that some military bases do not have a passport agency, in that case, you will need to apply for your passport directly with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in Japan.
Please click here for the contact information of passport agents on your base.
Most children born to an American citizen parent will become U.S. citizens at birth, and you should document the birth as soon as possible by applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). You can find information on the acquisition of U.S. citizenship by a child born abroad here. The CRBA is proof of the child’s U.S. citizenship and substitutes for a U.S. birth certificate for most purposes. You can apply for your child’s passport and for a social security number at the same time. (You will need a social security number for your child in order to claim a deduction on your federal tax return.) Remember, if your child was born in Japan, you will need to complete the report of birth process in Japan. It can NOT be done in the U.S.
How to apply:
You have two options.
Military members can enter the United States with a copy of their travel orders and military ID. However, family members will need passports to travel to Japan or back to the United States.
Military dependents on PCS orders and military members who need a passport for official travel may be eligible for an official or no-fee passport. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or Consulates in Japan do not issue official or no-fee passports. Please submit your application directly with your passport agent on your base.
You may also need a tourist passport if you intend to travel for vacation or other personal reasons. Each U.S. citizen family member, children and adults, needs his/her own passport. Regular passports take about 6-8 weeks to process.
How to Apply:
You have two options.
If your family member is not a U.S. citizen, s/he will need an immigrant visa to live with you in the United States. The immigrant visa application process can take up to six months or more, planning ahead of your PCS is very important. For more details, visit more details.
For Information on Exceptions for certain U.S. military service members: visit Immigrant Visas.
For Information on Permanent Resident Card (or “Green Card”), visit Military Family Members.
Normally, becoming an American citizen is a lengthy process, requiring several years of residence in the United States, and can only be done in the United States. Special rules apply, however, to active duty members of the military and certain dependents. If you are on active duty, the U.S. residence requirements may be waived. See the USCIS website www.uscis.gov or contact your military legal office for further details.