CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY

Lost or Expired Travel Documents? No Passport? Visit the Certificates of Identity (CI) Office at the Executive Office Building in Utulei.

The Certificate of Identity, better known as a "CI" is an emergency, temporary travel document issued by the Office of the Attorney General allowing U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals to travel from American Samoa to a limited number of foreign countries that include the United States and the Independent State of Samoa. For all other countries, please consult with that country's immigration authorities or Consulate for further information. Please make sure to obtain written confirmation of ability to travel to that particular country using a CI.

 

We cannot guarantee that you will be granted entry into a particular country when using a CI.

List of Required Supporting  Documents

  • Original Birth Certificate

Must be in good condition with no tears, stains, smudges, or frayed edges. We may not accept copies and/or laminated birth certificates.

  • Government Issued Identification Card

Must be a local, state, or any government issued identification card. A local voter identification card is not an acceptable form of identification when applying for a CI. 

  • Two Passport Photos

Your application must include two (2) passport photos. Dimensions must be 2" x 2" to be accepted.

  • Married Applicants

Married female applicants must include a copy of a marriage certificate if you use your married name on the identification card you present to CI officer(s).

  • Minors

Minors MUST appear with both parents for verification purposes. If are applying on behalf of a minor, you must present a notarized authorization signed by both parents allowing you to apply on their behalf. 

Tips & Pointers

  • Please be sure that the supporting documents you submit with your application are in good condition. Some off-island immigration authorities may not accept your CI if you supporting documents are not in good condition.

  • If traveling with a minor but you are not the parent or court appointed legal guardian, please be sure to obtain a notarized authorization from BOTH birth parents.

  • ALL applicants are required to appear in person to apply for a CI. No exceptions will be made.

  • Please bear in mind the submission and pick-up hours listed below.

Who can apply for a CI?

Only U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals who are born in American Samoa can apply for a CI. 

Processing and Pick-Up Times

The CI Office opens at 7:30 am through 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

 

CI applications are accepted and processed from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm daily. CI applications submitted after 1:00 p.m. will not be accepted.

 

Pick-up times for CI's are between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

During peak travel periods, namely Christmas and New Years Holidays, as well as the Summer travel season, processing times will be seven (7) business days due to the sheer volume of C.I. applications submitted. Processing times during non-peak travel periods is up to three (3) business days. Please plan accordingly in anticipation of these processing timelines.

CI Application Fee
  • Starting October 15, 2019, new CI fee will be $100 dollars and the CI will be valid for a one (1) whole year. 

Questions? Concerns? Let us know....

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. You can call us at (684) 633-4163 or you can email us at ci@la.as.gov.

© 2017 American Samoa Department of Legal Affairs.