GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Expect longer processing times for no-fee passports processed with Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, according to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Passport Office.


The USAG Bavaria Passport Office reports that the State Department has changed the issuance facility for no-fee passports for newborns.


Due to this change, wait times to receive the no-fee passport is at least 90 days from the day the application is submitted, provided there are no issues with the application. These passports cannot be expedited.


Active duty service members with currently command-sponsored family members in country are authorized to apply for the no-fee passport with the Consular Report of Birth Abroad.


Germany is one of the few countries that allows USAG Bavaria to issue Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) cards for tourist passports if the bearer does not have a no-fee passport.


If you are a service member not PCS-ing to another overseas (OCONUS) location, you have the option to apply for the no-fee and/or tourist passport.


Official passports for newborns of civilians cannot be processed with the report of birth abroad. Civilians must apply for the tourist passport.


For more, or to schedule an appointment, visit the USAG Bavaria Passport Office webpage. The Passport Office page includes all applications and instructions.