JOFTAA provided this useful information 9 years, 8 months ago:

Get Your Blue SOFA Card

If you are looking for information on which passport to use while traveling, look here.

If all you have is a travel passport, then you should get a blue SOFA card to carry with you when traveling.

If you have an official passport as well as your travel passport, but don't want to carry it around just to have your SOFA stamp handy, get yourself a blue SOFA card and carry that with your travel passport.

In order to get the blue SOFA card, you need to have the following:


  • A copy of your orders
  • A filled out AA Form 600-77A (Request for Issuance of Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Identification) - This is a controlled form. Cannot be downloaded.
  • A passport for each person who is to receive the blue SOFA card
  • Your ID card


You can get your blue SOFA card at:

Kleber, building 3245
Call for hours
0631-411-8892/7659

RAB passport office
Passports, Visas & Birth Registration
Bldg. 2106, Rm 110
Telephone: 06371-47-2240

I was told that the best time to go (Kleber) is at 14:30 because it is less crowded. When I went, there were only 20 people in front of me, but the wait was three hours. Fortunately, before I waited for more than a few minutes it dawned on me that my official passport should suffice, so I asked the person who issues the SOFA cards and she confirmed my thought that a SOFA card was not needed since I had the SOFA stamp in my passport. I am glad I did not wait for three hours to find this out.

NOTE: See post below about traveling with your official passport.

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7 years, 2 months ago

Regarding getting a SOFA card/stamp (I believe it is still a card) you can find info at the top of this thread.

7 years, 2 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
Regarding getting a SOFA card/stamp (I believe it is still a card) you can find info at the top of this thread.



Yes it's still a card. They staple it to your "red" passport. Which makes no sense because you are not allowed to use that passort as a tourist. It's better paired with your blue passport.

7 years, 2 months ago

I went to the passport office at Quantico yesterday to get my dependents their no-fee passports, they will get the SOFA stamp in their new passport with no problems. For my existing official passport there may or may not be a problem. The lady that works their had my fill out two different form, one for a Schengen visa and another form that look like a form for diplomats, the questions on the form asked what embassy or mission I worked at. Hopefully one of those will get me my sofa card/stamp, the passport lady will call the State Department passport people today to find out which form needs to be submitted. If there is a different form then I will have to take another road trip up to Quantico to get it processed.

7 years, 2 months ago

Quote by GEAUX KMC:

I went to the passport office at Quantico yesterday to get my dependents their no-fee passports, they will get the SOFA stamp in their new passport with no problems. For my existing official passport there may or may not be a problem. The lady that works their had my fill out two different form, one for a Schengen visa and another form that look like a form for diplomats, the questions on the form asked what embassy or mission I worked at. Hopefully one of those will get me my sofa card/stamp, the passport lady will call the State Department passport people today to find out which form needs to be submitted. If there is a different form then I will have to take another road trip up to Quantico to get it processed.



Are you a diplomat or working at an embassy? The SOFA stamps are not issued until you get here otherwise.

7 years, 2 months ago

Nope I am an Air Force Civilian

7 years, 2 months ago

Quote by GEAUX KMC:
Nope I am an Air Force Civilian


Yeah - you don't need the visa and you'll get your SOFA card as part of your in-processing. I think your headed in the wrong direction. Assuming we're talking everyone has a US passport....

Pretty much the only thing you can do while CONUS is study for the drivers test and ask your sponsor to get you a mail box.

That being said, I'm Army so it might be different....I'm pretty sure it's not, but if you want to call the Air Force passport office the number is 01149-6371-47-2240 or DSN 480-2240. Or I can them tomorrow and ask.

7 years, 2 months ago

I'll go ahead and give them a call and see whats up, thanks for the help...

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