A passport is a travel document issued by a country’s government to its citizens that verifies the identity and nationality of the holder for the purpose of international travel.
Passports are small booklets that typically contain the bearer’s name, place of birth, date of birth, the date of issue, date of expiry, passport number, photo and signature. There are several types of passports depending on the status of the bearer in their home country.
How Can I Apply for a Passport?
Each country has its own process for passport applications. Check your country’s government website for all the instructions on obtaining a passport. You may have to apply in person at a government office or your may be able to apply online.
Typically you will have to fill out a passport application form, provide proof of your identity and citizenship, provide passport-sized photos, list two references on the application form and pay the application fee.
It is extremely important to make sure you fill out the application form correctly and truthfully as your request may be denied otherwise.
1. Proof of Citizenship
- The birth certificate must have a raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal, and it must list both parents. Hospital certificates, photocopies, and electronic certificates are not acceptable.
2. Proof of Identity (Photo Identification)
- A valid state or federally issued picture ID such as a driver's license, ID card, military ID, or passport book or card.
3. Passport Application Form
- A passport application (form DS-11) for first-time applicants. Download the DS-11 form at the U.S. Department of State website. You should complete the form before coming to the Passport facility, but do not sign the form until you meet with an agent.
4. Passport Photo
- We provide passport and visa photo services on site.
5. Payment of Fees - cash, check, or money order only
- You will pay two separate fees: a passport application fee and an execution fee. Learn more about Passport fees.
- Bring a check or money order made out to the U.S. Department of State for your passport application fee.