How to Renew a Malaysian Passport

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Malaysia is a Southeastern Asian country founded in 1963 from a collection of formerly British colonies. Today, the country is made up of three territories and 13 states. There are many Malaysian citizens who live in the United States and who possess a Malaysian passport. This passport gives them traveling privileges to the country, as well as access to the numerous citizenship services offered by the country's embassies and consulates. If you renew a Malaysian passport here in the U.S. you can continue to take advantage of the perks that come with owning the passport.

Things You'll Need

  • Malaysian passport application
  • Malaysian citizenship abroad form
  • Malaysian identification cad
  • Malaysian birth certificate
  • Documentation proving status in the U.S.
  • 3 passport photos
  • Passport fees
  • Call the Malaysian consulate in New York and book a passport renewal appointment. You must present all of your documents and application in person at the consulate. Unlike other citizenship services available to Malaysian citizens, passport renewals can only be processed by the consulate and not the country's embassies. The consulate general's passport and visa department can be contacted via telephone at 212-490-1420, while general consulate questions can be directed to its main line at 212-490-2722.

  • Take a passport photo. You may use a digital or film camera or have it professional taken, as many stores and photography studios offer passport photo services. The passport photo must measure 2-by-2.75 inches (50-by-70 mm) and should be of your face in front of a blue background. Do not wear any hats or accessories that obscure the view of your face. Make two identical copies of the photo so that you have three photos in total.

  • Download the Malaysian passport form, available from the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see Resources). To renew your Malay passport, you must go through the standard application process so the government can ascertain whether any of your personal details have changed since your last application. Complete the form using a black or blue ballpoint pen, writing legibly and using capital block letters. The official form is printed in the Malay language. If you are not sure what each word means, consult a friend who reads Malay. Lines 1 and 2 deal with your name. Line 3 is the number of your Malaysian Identity Card. Lines 4 and 5 deal with your birth place and date. Line 6 asks for your gender. The rest of the passport form deals with legal declarations and passport information.

  • Download the Registration of Malaysian Citizens in the USA form (see Resources). Complete the form with a blue or black ballpoint pen and sign and date the bottom.

  • Collect the supporting documents required to renew your passport. You must have proof of Malaysian citizenship, including an original and photocopies of your Malaysian national ID card and birth certificate. You must also show proof of your status in the United States, such as a U.S. work visa or a residency card.

  • Take your signed forms, passport photos and supporting documents to the Malaysian consulate on the date of your passport appointment. Upon submitting your form, you must pay for your passport fees. As of 2009, this cost is $300 Malaysian ringgits (MYR). You may pay in U.S. cash or money order, as well as in ringgits. As of September 2009, MYR $300 is equivalent to approximately USD $86. Your application will now be processed and you will be issued a new Malaysian passport upon approval.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may only renew your Malaysian passport by submitting an application in-person. Passport applications are not accepted via fax, email or postal mail.

References

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