October 5, 2016 – U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv Message for U.S. Citizens

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, enacted December 4, 2015, prohibits the Department of State from issuing a passport to those persons certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as having a seriously delinquent tax debt, and allows the Department to revoke passports previously issued to these individuals.

In addition, the FAST Act permits the Department of State to deny a passport to persons who fail to provide their social security number (if they were issued one) on their passport applications, or who provide incorrect or invalid social security numbers willfully, intentionally, negligently, or recklessly.

On September 2, 2016, the Department of State published its updated passport regulations in accordance with the passage of the FAST Act.

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL PASSPORT APPLICATIONS.

  • If you have never been issued a social security number and are not applying for a social security number, you (or a parent/legal guardian of a minor applicant) must submit a declaration under penalty of perjury that you were never issued a social security number.
  • However, in instances where parents apply for the passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and social security number for their overseas-born infant, they do not need a declaration and the passport may be issued without a social security number on the application.
  • If you fail to include a social security number on your passport application (and you signed a declaration affirming you never had one) and it is subsequently determined that you do in fact have a social security number, your passport application could be significantly delayed or even denied.

Please take a few extra minutes to find your social security card and avoid needless complications when completing your passport application.