DS-160 Form Guide: Passport Information

DS-160 Form Guide: Passport Information

Form DS-160 is a multi-part form, which must be filled by all US non-immigrant visa applicants. This web page describes the passport information section.

  • Passport/Travel Document Type 
    Select the appropriate document type:
    • Regular
    • Official
    • Diplomatic
    • Other
  • Passport/Travel Document Number: 
    Your current passport/travel document number. If you previously had a passport that expired or was lost, do not 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 a later 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/Travel Document: 
    Country that issued the passport: it is the country you are a 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/Travel Document 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 your country of citizenship, such as in USA or even some third country, write that city, state/province and country here. 

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

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

  • Issuance Date: 
    Date when passport was issued in DD-MM-YYYY format.

  • 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. 

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

    If yes, provide the following information and explain:
    • Passport/Travel Document Number: 
      Either enter the passport/travel document number, or if suitable, click on “Do Not Know”.

    • Country/Authority that Issued Passport/Travel Document 

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

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