Bulgaria - Renew your Passport
Bulgarian passport, or as it is called in the past overseas passport, is a Bulgarian identity document for travel abroad, issued to a citizen of Bulgaria, and serves to establish the person's identity and proof of Bulgarian citizenship. IT is one of the three major Bulgarian identity documents along with the identity card and driving license. The passport is valid for 5 years after acquisition for adults, and for children 5 years, and it can be renewed for another 5 years.
The Bulgarian passport is an international travel document issued to nationals of Bulgaria , and may also serve as proof of Bulgarian citizenship. Every Bulgarian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union.
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Ordinary Bulgarian passports are issued by the Ministry of Interior Affairs.In the present Bulgarian passports, personal data and information are written in Bulgarian and English. Passports are issued to Bulgarian citizens for border crossing and residence abroad.
Prior to the issuance of the document is checked data on civil status, comparing those in the application data with the Bulgarian registers. In mismatched data documents shall be returned to the applicant on the way back for correction. Furthermore, it is checked whether the person has no restrictions on the issuance of a passport. Only after completion of the inspection documents are released for issuing the passport itself. It is mandatory to enter the personal identification number on the application form. Names are written without abbreviations - the way they are written in an official document in the application. Barreled surnames are written with a hyphen between them. All dates are indicated by Arabic numerals in the order "day, month, year". Permanent address is the last registered address in Bulgaria. The heading "other nationalities" indicates the country / countries in which the person is a citizen. The heading "Special features" indicates only scars on the face of the citizen.When submitting an application for renewing the passport the person must show an official document confirming the data in it.
May be submitted only forms of applications received by the regional offices of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, and each form is assigned a unique identification number.
Application is submitted in person, and exceptionally - by an authorized person after submitting a notarized power of attorney.
An application for a passport for minors and persons under legal disability shall be submitted by parents, guardians or trustees. The application shall be accompanied by:
- Supporting civil status documents confirming the application data
- Birth certificate for anyone under 18 years
- Previous passports (if any)
- Document for paid state fee
When replacing the passport in case of a permanent address shall be provided certifying document from the respective municipal administration;
In case of loss, theft or destruction of the passport the person must submit within three days a written statement (form) on the circumstances at the nearest police station, for residents abroad - at the respective diplomatic consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria.
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The documents required for the issue must be submitted to the appropriate authority of the Interior Ministry permanent address of the applicant:
- in the unit "IDs" in RPD if the request is within 30 days;
- in RDI, if the request is for Express (8 hours) or faster - 3 working days.
An application for a passport contains data for:
- parents (names, date of birth, citizenship and personal number of foreigner)
- spouse (s) (names, date of birth, nationality, identification number or personal number of foreigner)
- children up to 14 years (name, date of birth, nationality, identification number or personal number of foreigner)
- legal representative (name, date of birth, nationality, identification number or personal number of foreigner)
- Decree of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to change nationality
Fees for issuance (replacement) of the passport ordinary service/fast service/Express Passport 30 days/3 working days/8 working hours
Issuance of passport for the first time for persons under 14 : 10lv, 20lv, 50lv
Second passport for children under 14 and adults 58 to 70 years: 20lv, 40lv, 100lv
Age between 15 and 58 years :40lv, 80lv, 200lv
For seniors over 70 years : 10lv, 20lv, 50lv
For persons with permanent disability, and with a degree of disability 50% and from 50 % up : 3lv, 6lv, 15lv
- Bulgarian citizens' passports are issued for a period of 5 years;
- Passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Transport are valid up to 5 years;
- In cases where the passport is damaged, destroyed, lost, stolen, or the pages are exhausted. a new passport is issued.
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Processing time for issuing (renewing) passport:
- Passport is issued (replaced) within 30 days after submission of the application, in normal order.
- In quick order, the period is 3 days.
- Express - up to 8 hours.
When the application for a passport is submitted at consular or diplomatic missions abroad, the deadline for issuing is up to 90 days.
For citizens of Bulgaria located abroad a list of Consular and diplomatic affairs offices where the passport can be renewed can be found here: http://www.mfa.bg/120/patuvamza
For individuals living in Bulgaria a contact information of the Ministry of Interior Affairs: http://www.azpt.org/en/Usefully/Police-departments-of-MI
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Since 29 March 2010, all newly issued Bulgarian passports contain a chip with biometric data. The passports contain a note from the issuing state that is addressed to the authorities of all other states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of that state and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms. The data page/information page is printed in Bulgarian and English.
The passport entitles the holder to assistance and protection of the Bulgarian and European diplomatic and consular representations abroad. The passport remains the property of the Republic of Bulgaria.It can be used for opening a bank account abroad as well.
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