How to apply?
Passport application can be submitted only in person by prior appointment. Appointments can be made via the online reservation system.
The use of the online reservation system and making appointment is free of charge.
When booking an appointment "Passport application” (“Útlevél") case type should be selected. The number of persons for whom you request the passport should be entered, too.
For your appointment, please bring the following documents with you:
- valid Hungarian passport or ID card
- previous (maybe expired) passport, if any
- Hungarian address card (“lakcímkártya”), if any
- 1 passport photo
- in the absence of a valid Hungarian passport or Hungarian identity card: a valid identification document with photo, issued by an authority (e.g. driving license, foreign ID, passport), or Hungarian birth/marriage certificate showing the applicant’s current name.
If you request the new passport with a different name that you had in your previous passport or ID card, you need to provide the Hungarian supporting document which proves the change of your name (for example a certificate of name change, new birth certificate or marriage certificate).
When submitting the application, the applicant's biometric data (photo, fingerprints and signature) will be recorded digitally.
Duration of the procedure, receiving the new passport
To receive your passport, you can choose from the following options:
- posting to your address in Hungary
- receiving in Hungary at the local Governmental Document Office (“Okmányiroda”)
- receiving at the customer service of the Central Governmental Document Office (“Központi Okmányiroda ügyfélszolgálata”)
- pick up in person at the Consulate General of Hungary in Istanbul
- posting to your address in Turkey.
Passports are delivered from Hungary to the Consulate General at certain times; so the average procedural time is 3-5 weeks, including delivery to the Consulate. Please take the procedural time into consideration when planning your trips with the new passport. Since the procedural time can be longer, please do not buy any travel tickets (flight or bus tickets etc.) before your passport is delivered. The Consulate General excludes all liability for any damages deriving from the late arrival of the passports.
If the applicant does not have a valid Hungarian passport, identity card, Hungarian citizenship certificate or naturalization document, and the personal data and address registration system does not verify his/her Hungarian nationality, a Hungarian citizenship examination must be carried out ex officio. In this case, the passport procedural time shall be extended by an average of 3-6 months, but the citizenship examination procedure can be even longer.
Validity of the passport
Passports can be issued with 5- or 10-year validity. In special cases, one can apply for a so-called “second passport” with a maximum 2-year validity.
In case of the applicant is under age of 6, the passport is valid for 3 years. If the applicant is between the age of 6 and 18, the passport is valid for 5 years. If the applicant is between the age of 18 and 70, the passport is valid for 5 years (unless they applied for 10-year validity). If the applicant is 70 or above, the passport is valid for 10 years.
Passport procedure fees
You can find the list of the passport (Magánútlevél igénylése) service fees here.
Please note that if you lost your previous passport, or you apply for a so-called “second passport”, the fees are higher.
If you apply for a new passport because the previous one was stolen, you can be exempted from the extra charges only if you present the original copy of the police report.