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  • New Sri Lanka passports are issued by the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, Colombo.

  • Sri Lanka Missions/Consulates General abroad are authorized only to issue emergency travel documents and make certain endorsements on passports.

  • A Sri Lanka Passport is valid for an overall period of 10 years from the date of issue. If at anytime there is no further space for visas, or a passport is more than 10 years old, a fresh passport must be obtained.

  • New passports can also be issued for children who are already included in the parent's passports or for those who were born in USA and have obtained the Sri Lanka Birth Certificate and Sri Lanka Citizenship certificate issued by the Citizenship Division in Colombo, after registering their birth at this Consulate General.
   New Passport Application Procedure   (Show Details...)

Forms to be Downloaded as Necessary

IM 35 B - (1 page) - Photo/Signature card
Instructions in Sihalese
Instrcutions in Tamil
Instrcutions in English


New Passport Application Procedure: IMPORTANT
  • All certifications /attestations in the application should be done by a Notary Public or Medical Practitioner (GP). Attester's official frank / seal must be placed below the signature.

  • Three (3) identical copies of colour photographs of size 3.5cm x 4.5cm, with direct face (both ears must be visible) and in a light coloured background without the outer border to be affixed to the forms IM35 and IM 35 B.

Form "K" - IM 35

Complete all cages from 1-20 of page one and place the signature of the applicant below and paste one photograph on the top right hand box.

Declaration of the applicant - ( page 2)



The declaration should be signed by the applicant and attested by a Notary Public or Medical Practitioner(GP).

Photo/Signature Card (IM35 B)

  • The signature of the applicant should be placed well within the 2 cages.
  • This form should be attested by the same person who has signed the declaration of the applicant.
  • The Attester's signature and seal should be placed over the "Verification Photograph" as well as below the declaration.

Documents to be Attached

ORIGINAL documents (i) to (viii) to be submitted with one set of photocopies.
The documents issued by the Government of Sri Lanka (original Birth and Marriage certificates) will be retained by this Consulate General and released with your new passport.
  1. Certificate issued by the Registrar General, District Registrar, Divisional Registrar. Photocopies certified by other parties and translations will not be accepted.
  2. If the applicant was born outside SriLanka, the Citizenship Certificate issued by the Citizenship Division in Colombo. If an applicant born outside Sri Lanka has reached 18 years, he/she should submit the Citizenship Certificate with the endorsement made by the Citizenship Division on the reverse of the certificate regarding the applicant’s continuity of the Sri Lankan nationality.
  3. National Identity Card - (if available)
  4. If you are a Dual Citizen - the Dual Citizenship Certificate.
  5. If you wish to change the name consequent to marriage - Original Marriage Certificate. (Photocopies / copies certified by other parties / translations will not be accepted)

  6. For the inclusion of profession other than that which already appears in the passport - Original professional certificate from the employer confirming the title.
  7. Current passport should be submitted along with one set of photocopies of the following pages:
    • Photo page
    • Endorsement / Alteration pages
    • Pages relating to particulars of children

Payment Details

  • If the expired passport is L, K, J series (these letters could be found at the beginning of the passport number) the fee for issuance of new passport is US$ 350.00 with effect from 01 April 2010.
  • Payment should be made in cash at the counter or by Money Order/Cashiers Checks drawn in favour of the "Consulate General of Sri Lanka" if sent by post. Personal cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
   Inclusion/Exclusion of Children Information from the Parents' Passport   (Show Details...)

Children below the age of 16 can be included into the parents' new passports. This can only be done at the time of applying for a new passport.
  • Form IM 35 C to be completed and signed by the parent applying for the passport

  • Three colour photographs size 2.5 cm x 3.5 cm. Two photos to be affixed within the two cages for each child. The right hand side photograph and the relevant place at the bottom to be attested by a Notary Public or GP. The remaining photograph to be attached to the form IM 35C.

  • The following Original documents are to be submitted together with one set of photocopies. Child's Sri Lanka Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar General, District Registrar, Divisional Registrar should be submitted. Photocopies / copies certified by other parties / translations will not be accepted.

    1. If the child was born outside Sri Lanka the Citizenship Certificate.

    2. Passport of parents with photocopies of the following pages.

      1. Photo page
      2. Pages relating to particulars of children
      3. Endorsement / Alteration pages
    3. Consent letter signed by the father for the inclusion of the child in the mother's passport or vice versa if it is to be included in the father's passport. Death Certificate in case of either parent's death, Divorce Certificate/Court decision together with the order of Custodianship of the child if parents are divorced.


Forms to be Downloaded as Necessary

Form K IM 35 - (2 pages) - Application data page and Declaration page.
IM 35 B - (1 page) - Photo/Signature card
Inclusion of a child's name from the parent's passport
Exclusion of a child's name from the parent's passport



Payment Details

  • Fee - $150.00
  • No additional charges if the children are added while obtaining a new passport.
  • For deletion of children from an existing passports a fee of $10/- will be charged.
  • Payment should be made in cash at the counter or by Money Order/Cashiers Checks drawn in favour of the "Consulate General of Sri Lanka" if sent by post. Personal cheques and credit cards are not accepted.

Once Your Application is Accepted

  • It will be forwarded to the Overseas Missions Division of the Immigration and Emigration Department in Colombo. If all the required documents are submitted, it normally takes around 8-10 weeks to receive the new passport. The Consulate General cannot guarantee the issuance of a passport within a specific period. Note: During the processing of new passports the Controller Immigration and Emigration cancels the old passport and therefore applicants are advised to refrain from travelling to Sri Lanka until the receipt of the new passport.
  • Once we receive your new passport at this Consulate General you will be informed in writing. You are required to bring this letter and the current passport/emergency passport (if retained by you) along with your Cash Receipt to this Consulate General on any working day between 9.30 a.m. & 16.00 p.m. in order to collect your new passport.
  • If you are unable to collect the new passport personally you should authorise your representative in writing to collect your passport on your behalf. The representative should provide an authorisation letter along with the Cash Receipt and his/her identification.
  • If the new passport is to be returned to you by post, you should include, at the time of submitting your application, $20/- (if you are within the California State) and $25/- (if you are outside the State) being courier charges.
SUBMISSION OF FORGED BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS IS AN OFFENCE. SUCH CASES WILL BE REPORTED TO RELEVANT AUTHORITIES AND PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

Appication Procedure

Every applicant including children who intend to apply for a passport, will be required to be present for an interview with all relevant documents at the Consulate General on any working day between 9.30 am and 16.00 pm. No prior appointment is required. The Consulate General will not accept applications under this category by post.

All certifications /attestations in the application should be done by a Notary Public or Medical Practitioner (GP). Attester's official frank / seal must be placed below the signature.

All incomplete applications will be returned and payment will not be refunded.

The Application Forms

Three (3) identical copies of colour photographs of size 3.5cm x 4.5cm, with direct face (both ears must be visible) and in a light coloured background without the outer border to be affixed to the application as specified below.

Form "K" - IM 35
Complete all cages from 1-20 of page one and place the signature of the applicant below and paste one photograph on the top right hand box.

Declaration of the applicant - ( page 2)
The declaration should be signed by the applicant and attested by a Notary Public or Medical Practitioner (GP).
Photo/Signature Card (IM35 B)
  • The two remaining photographs should be pasted within the borders of the 2 cages. Do not staple or pin.

  • The signature of the applicant should be placed well within the 2 cages.
  • This form should be attested by the same person who has signed the declaration of the applicant.
  • The Attester's signature and seal should be placed over the "Verification Photograph" as well as below the declaration.

Form D
Applicant should fill all questions from 1 to 26 as applicable and sign the duly completed form.
Statutory Declaration
Should be duly filled and signed by the Applicant and attested by a Notary Public/GP.

DOCUMENTS TO BE ATTACHED
ORIGINAL documents (i) to (viii) to be submitted with 1 set of photocopies. The documents issued by the Government of Sri Lanka (original Birth and Marriage certificates) will be retained by this Consulate General and released with your new passport.


  • Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar General, District Registrar, Divisional Registrar. Photocopies certified by other parties and translations will not be accepted.
  • If the applicant was born outside Sri Lanka, the Citizenship Certificate issued by the Citizenship Division in Colombo. If an applicant born outside Sri Lanka has reached 18 years, he/she should submit the Citizenship Certificate with the endorsement made by the Citizenship Division on the reverse of the certificate regarding the applicant’s continuity of the Sri Lankan nationality.
  • Police report - A written confirmation from the police regarding the loss of the passport.
  • National Identity Card
  • If you are a Dual Citizen - the Dual Citizenship Certificate.
  • If you wish to change the name consequent to marriage - Original Marriage Certificate. (Photocopies / copies certified by other parties / translations will not be accepted)
  • For the inclusion of profession other than that which already appears in the passport - Original professional certificate from the employer confirming the title.


   Seperate Passport for a Child   (Show Details...)

A separate application should be submitted for each child. All instructions mentioned under the 'Application Form' on Page 1 should be followed. If the applicant is below 16 years one of the parents can sign the application on behalf of the child.

Following ORIGINAL documents (i to v) should be submitted along with one set of photocopies.

  • Child's Sri Lanka Birth certificate issued by the Registrar General, District Registrar, Divisional Registrar should be submitted. Photocopies / copies certified by other parties / translations will not be accepted.
  • If the child was born outside Sri Lanka the Citizenship Certificate.
  • In case of a guardian applying for a passport for a child, the legal document to prove the guardianship.
  • Passports of parents with photocopies of the following pages or an affidavit if the passport of either parent is not available.
    1. Photo page
    2. Pages relating to particulars of children
    3. Endorsement / Alteration and Observation pages
  • Consent letter signed by both parents to issue a separate passport for the child. Death Certificate in case of a spouse's death, Divorce Certificate/Court decision together with the order of Custodianship of the child if parents are divorced.

Payment Details

  • Fee - $150/=
  • Payment should be made in cash at the counter or by Money Order/Cashiers Checks drawn in favour of the "Consulate General of Sri Lanka" if sent by post. Personal cheques or credit cards are not accepted.

End of Information on New Passports

   
   
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