Romania is an eastern European landlocked nation that borders countries such as Serbia, Hungary, the Ukraine, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova. If you are a Romanian citizen and your passport has expired or is about to expire, you will need to renew your passport to be able to travel internationally. The passport renewal process is uncomplicated if you know exactly what to do.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Necessary documentation
- Necessary documentation
Keep your age in mind. If you are a minor who is under 18 years of age, then you must get the consent of your parents for the entire passport renewal process. You will not be able to apply for a passport renewal without notifying them beforehand.
Make sure you have all of the necessary documentation to apply. These documents include (but are absolutely not limited to) your fully completed passport application form, identity certificates (such as drivers license or other types of photo identification), birth certificate (proving your Romanian citizenship status), and two 2x2-inch passport-style photographs (make sure they are current, head-on pictures).
Send your application to the Romanian Consulate or the Romanian Embassy (see Tips & Warnings), along with the necessary passport processing fees. If you are renewing your passport for a reason other than expiration (such as marriage and changing your last name), then you should include with all of your other documentation your marriage certificate. However, you must ensure that (unless your marriage certificate was issued in Romania) you get a certified translation of the certificate. Another option is to enclose another form of documentation that confirms your name change as a result of marriage.
Make sure you have all of the necessary forms along with your filled-out passport renewal application form. If there are any Romanian documents that you cannot locate, you can mandate a Romania attorney (residing and working in Romania) as an "attorney in law" to acquire copies of the real documents via the Romanian authorities. Then you can send off your application, documentation and processing fee (personal check or money order are both acceptable forms of payment) within a self addressed and stamped envelope.
Isabel Prontes is a freelance writer and traveler residing in Manhattan, NY. She has traveled to five continents and counting. Her work has appeared on a number of websites, such as Travels, eHow.com and "Happy Living Magazine." Prontes has a professional background in public relations; she received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Pace University.