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Starting January 1st, 2011 the authorities of the Republic of Moldova will issue only biometric passports.

Dear citizens, the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in the United States of America informs You that as a result of the modification of Article 2 of the Law nr. 273-XIII from November 9th, 1994, regarding the identity acts of the national passport system, starting with January 1st, 2011, the Republic of Moldova authorities will only issue biometric passports.

The biometric passports will contain the following biometric information: blood type, digital fingerprints, and digital photo. Moreover, the inclusion of digital fingerprints in the passport (travel document) of children under 12 years old will not be mandatory.

Passports that do not contain biometric info, issued until January 1st, 2011, will be valid until their validity term expires.

Also, the passports of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova and the passports of stateless people will be issued for a period of 7 years, and the passports of children under 7 years old- for a term of 4 years.

In these conditions, given that, the date when the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Moldova will be equipped with the required equipment is still unknown, we hereby inform You of the necessity to cease the procedure of documentation of the Moldovan citizens through the Embassy services, starting December 1st, 2010.

The date of resuming the procedure of documentation of citizens will be made available through our website.

During this period, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova will be able to request a Moldovan passport only at the passport bureaus within the Republic of Moldova.

More information on this matter is available at the following links and telephone numbers:

  • Call Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.
    tel: 0 80 090990 calling form the Republic of Moldova
    tel: +373 22 690990 calling form outside of the Republic of Moldova;
  • http://www.registru.md/pa/ - Ministry of Informational Technology and Communications.
    tel:50-46-64; 25-70-70 calling form the Republic of Moldova;