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New Passport Process Overview:
How the process works: When applying for a new adult passport, the applicant MUST appear in person at an authorized passport acceptance facility. Applicant must take all required documents as stated above. The documents will then be reviewed by a federal official, and sealed in an envelope. After paying the acceptance fee, the forms and application will be mailed directly to the passport agency. If the applicant is traveling in 2 weeks or less, they will need to take the sealed envelope (including necessary Letters of Authorization) to an expedited service. Additional expedited service fees apply. Who is eligible: Any applicant who is 16 years of age or older, is a US citizen, and has never had a US passport before. Additionally, adults who have a US passport that has been expired for 5 years or more. Additional Requirements: The applicant may have to appear as an identifying witness at the acceptance facility.
There are many required documents when applying for a first-time passport. It is imperative you have all these documents to have the successful issuance of your new passport.
- The primary form of identification: Preferably a valid US Driver’s license that has been issued more than 6 months from the present date. Other acceptable forms of identification include valid government ID, naturalization certificate, or previous passport book.
- One passport photo (2” x 2”)
- Proof of US citizenship: These include either an original US birth certificate, certified copy of US birth certificate, original naturalization certificate, or a previously issued US passport.
- DS-11 form: This form must be signed and dated by the applicant, in front of a federal official at an authorized passport acceptance facility.
- Proof of international travel should you need an expedited passport within the next 2 weeks or 30 days if a visa is required.
- Passport book only: Application fee ($110) and acceptance agency fee ($25) = $135.
- Passport book and card: Application fee ($140) and acceptance agency fee ($25) = $165.
- Passport card only: Application fee ($30) and acceptance agency fee ($25) = $55.
- Expedited service at an acceptance agency or regional passport agency, an extra $60 is required.
Complete The DS-11 New Passport Application:
There are two options when trying to complete the new passport application form. You can complete the DS-11 form online with the state departments website and use the online passport wizard to create a 2D barcode application form or download a hard copy of the DS-11 application form and hand write in your information. It is advisable to go with the online passport application wizard as this may speed up your passport application
- Option 1: Complete the DS-11 application form online
- Option 2: Complete the DS-11 application form by hand
Where to Apply:
There are many options where to apply for your new passport depending on how fast you need the passport back in your possession. If you are not traveling soon the place to go to is your local post office, county clerk or library. They are called acceptance agencies and offer routine service 4-8 week processing as well as expedited processing to speed things up a bit in 2-4 weeks depending on the time of year. If you are traveling within the next 30 days internationally you might want to visit a regional passport agency or use a 3rd party registered courier service to secure the passport much faster
- Option 1: Traveling after 30 days use post office, county clerk or public library
- Option 2: Traveling within 30 days use a regional passport agency or registered passport courier.
Q: What if my drivers license has just been issued?
A: Drivers license and a non-drivers identification need to be issued for more than 6 months in order to be accepted as primary identification. Should this be a newly issued driver’s license you will want to submit as much supplemental identification as possible. Please visit our identification page to learn more about this topic.
Q: What if I cannot locate my birth certificate?
A: Having your birth certificate is vital to having your new passport. If you cannot find your birth certificate or only have the short form birth certificate, visit our proof of citizenship page to help you find more information on this topic.
Q: Do I need to schedule an appointment to get a new passport?
A: You will need an appointment for all new passport applications when you appear at your local passport acceptance agency. You are also required to have a passport appointment to visit any regional passport agency if you are traveling in the next 14 days.