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Passport Application

You Must Apply in Person If:

                      You are applying for your first U.S. passport

                      You are under age 16

                      Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16

                      Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged

                      Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago

                      Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change

 

Before You Start, Please Note:

SUBMIT A U.S. PASSPORT APPLICATION FOR AN ADULT IN PERSON:

Read and understand Steps 1 - 7 before leaving this page.

 
1.Fill Out Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport

Fill out Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport online or by hand.  Please note that you:

  • Must not sign the application until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent
          Must provide your SSN in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 6039E.  Failure to provide information requested on the form, including your social   security number, may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application.
 
2.Submit Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport In Person

You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency

NOTE: There are special submission requirements for All Minors Under Age 16
 
3.Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

When applying for a U.S. passport in person, evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11. All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you. These documents will be delivered with your newly issued U.S. passport or in a separate mailing.

 

Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship(One of the following):

Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state*
check boxConsular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
 Naturalization Certificate
 Certificate of Citizenship

*A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar's signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note, some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes.

Beginning April 1, 2011, all birth certificates must also include the full names of the applicant's parent(s). For more information, please see New Requirement for all U.S. Birth Certificates.

NOTE: If you do not have primary evidence of U.S. citizenship or your U.S. birth certificate does not meet the requirements, please see Secondary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship.

When applying for a U.S. passport in person, acceptable identification must be presented at the time of application.

Primary Identification(One of the following):

check box Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
check box Naturalization Certificate
check box Valid Driver's License
check box Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
check box Current Military ID (military and dependents)

NOTES:

  • If you apply at an Acceptance Facility and submit out-of-state primary identification, you must present an additional ID document, as well. For example, if you apply in Maryland with a Virginia Driver's License, you must present a second ID containing as much of the following information as possible: your photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date.
  • If you have undergone or are going through gender transition, please see these additional requirements.
 
5.Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented (Step 4)

          Bring a photocopy of the front and back of each ID document that you will present when you apply.

  • Photocopy must be on plain white, 8 1/2 x 11" standard paper stock, showing the front and the back of your ID
  • Photocopy must contain images on only one-side of each page submitted.
    • If copies cannot be made on the same side of one page, you may present two separate pages; one displaying the front of the ID and the second displaying the back of the ID.
  • The paper should be free of other images and/or markings.
  • The 8 1/2 x 11" paper size cannot be substituted with a larger or smaller size paper, even if the alternative folds down to the 8 1/2 x 11" size.
  • You may enlarge the image of your ID on the 8 1/2 x 11" page, but you may not decrease the size of the image.

         Other situations that require a photocopy of identification, but are less common, include:

  • If you are presenting Secondary Identification, you must provide a photocopy of the front and back of each document being presented with your application.  A photocopy of your credit card will not be requested if it is to be presented with Secondary Identification.
  • If you submit out-of-state primary identification, you must provide a photocopy of your primary identification document and the second ID to be presented with your application.  Both sides of all identification documents must be photocopied according to the photocopy requirements above.  If a credit card is presented as your second ID, a photocopy will not be requested.
  • An assistant to a disable applicant who witnesses the signature or signs on the disabled applicant's behalf must present a photocopy of his or her ID
  • A person acting as an Identifying Witness must present a photocopy of his or her ID
 
6.Pay the Applicable Fee
          Please see Current Passport Fees and methods of payment.
 
7.Provide One Passport Photo

         To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the requirements and are properly submitted with your application.