DS-160 Form Guide: Passport Information
  • Passport/Travel Document Type
    Select the appropriate document type:
    • Regular
    • Official
    • Diplomatic
    • Other

  • Passport Number:
    Your current passport number. If you previously had a passport that expired or was lost, don't write numbers from those passports.

    This must be the same passport you will be using when traveling to the U.S. It should be a valid, unexpired passport or other valid, unexpired documentation that is sufficient to establish your identity and nationality.

  • Passport Book Number:
    The Passport Book Number is commonly called the inventory control number. You may or may not have a Passport Book Number on your passport. The location of the Passport Book Number on your passport may vary depending on the country that issued your passport. Please contact your passport issuing authority if you are unable to determine whether or not your passport contains a Passport Book Number.

    If it is not applicable to you, click 'DOES NOT APPLY'.

    India: For citizens of India, click 'DOES NOT APPLY'.

    Mexico: If you have the latest version of the Mexican passport, click 'DOES NOT APPLY'. However, if you have the old-style Mexican passport, enter the passport book number found on the first passport page (not on the photo page) that is different from your passport number.

  • Country/Authority that Issued Passport:
    Country that issued your passport. That is the country you are citizen of.

    Sometimes, it gets confusing to some people. If you were staying in a different country (say Japan) when passport was expiring and if the Indian embassy in Japan issued you the passport, the issuing country is still 'India' and NOT 'Japan'.

  • Where was the Passport Issued?
    City: City where passport was issued. Write current official name of the city. e.g., write "Mumbai" instead of "Bombay".

    If your passport was issued outside India, such as in USA or even some third country, write that city, state/province and country here.

    State/Province: Enter it if it is shown on your passport. Otherwise, leave it blank.

    Country: Select the Country from where the passport was issued.

  • Issuance Date:
    Date when passport was issued.

    Please note that in the U.S., dates are written as MM/DD/YYYY while in India, they are written as DD/MM/YYYY. Anyway, there would be no confusion as you will have to select the individual portions of the date from the drop down boxes.

  • Expiration Date:
    Date when passport is expiring.

    In most cases, your passport must have at least six months of validity beyond the date of your visa application and/or your arrival in the U.S.
    Exceptions

  • Have you ever lost a passport or had one stolen:
    Answer 'Yes' or 'No' accordingly.

    If yes, provide the following information:
    • Passport Number
      Either enter the passport number, or if suitable, click on 'DOES NOT APPLY'.

    • County/Authority that Issued Passport

    If you had more than one passport lost or stolen, you can click on 'Add Another' for each of them, enter the above information for each of them.