Obtaining a Polish Passport

If you are a citizen of the Eastern European nation of Poland, and wish to travel outside of your native country, then you must obtain a Polish passport. However, if you wish to travel abroad to countries that are part of the European Union, you can simply use your national identification card. Acquiring a Polish passport is a relatively simple and hassle-free process, in most situations. Polish passports last for ten years at a time.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
  • 2 current passport-sized photographs (2-by-2) Proof of Polish citizenship (like a birth certificate) Marital status document Expired passport if you are renewing the Polish passport Payment for passport processing
  • 2 current passport-sized photographs (2-by-2)
  • Proof of Polish citizenship (like a birth certificate)
  • Marital status document
  • Expired passport if you are renewing the Polish passport
  • Payment for passport processing
Step 1

Apply in person. When obtaining or renewing a Polish passport in the United States, applicants are required to apply in person at a Polish consulate or the Polish embassy. There are three Polish embassies located in the United States: Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago, Illinois.

Step 2

Bring two current passport-sized photographs (2x2). In the photographs, you must be directly facing the camera. The photographs also must be current, and you must not have anything obstructing your face.

Step 3

Present proof of your Polish citizenship. such as a birth certificate. In the case of renewing a Polish passport, you must bring your expired Polish passport, as well. Your Polish birth certificate must have a typewritten Polish translation if it was not originally written in Polish, (for cases of individuals who were born in the United States or any other country that is outside of Poland).

Step 4

Bring family documents. If you have a Polish parent, you can also present their Polish birth certificate, expired Polish passport, military identification, personal identification or any other type of document proving identity). You must also present a document that states your marital status, such as a marriage certificate, death certificate of a spouse, or divorce documents.

Step 5

Fill out a passport application form and sign it. The passport application form requires a lot of details to be filled out, including your full name, address, contact information, occupation, marital status and much more. You must also make out a money order or a check for the passport processing fee, and make it out to whichever consulate or Polish embassy you use to get your Polish passport.

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Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation. Tramilton received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Kean University.

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