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How to Apply the First Time (In Person) for your US Passport
|YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON IF:|
Before You Start, Please Note:
- Special Requirements for US Passports: All Minors Under Age 16
- Special Requirements for US Passports: All Minors Ages 16 & 17
- Special Requirements for US Passports: Diplomatic, Official, & Regular No-Fee US Passports
Read and understand Steps 1-5 before leaving this page.
STEP 1: Complete and Submit Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. US Passport
Complete Form DS-11: Application for a U. S. Passport To submit Form DS-11, you:
- Must apply in person at an Acceptance Facility or US Passport Agency
- Must include the additional documentation required by Form DS-11 (See Steps 2-5)
- Must not sign the application until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent
- Must provide your Social Security number
STEP 2: 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* Consular 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 US Passport purposes.
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. STEP 3: Present Identification 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):|
|Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport Naturalization Certificate Valid Driver’s License Current Government ID (city, state or federal) Current Military ID (military and dependents)|
STEP 5: Provide Two US Passport Photos
We can help you submit clear and correctly exposed US Passport photos the first time – especially when applying for the U.S. Passport Card. See Quality Requirements for US Passport Book & US Passport Card Photographs to avoid photo processing delays.
Your Photographs Must Be:
- In color
- 2 x 2 inches in size
- Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
- Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
- Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
- Taken in normal street attire:
- o Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily
- o Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline
- o If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture
- o Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
- Vending machine photos are not generally acceptable
- See Digitized US Passport Photos for information on acceptable digital photos
- Professional photographers see Guidelines for Producing High Quality Photographs for U.S. Travel Documents
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