First Time Applicants
You Must Apply in Person If:
- You are applying for your first U.S. passport; or
- You are under age 16; or
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16; or
- Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged; or
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago; or
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:
- Special Requirements for All Minors Under Age 16.
- Special Requirements for All Minors Ages 16 & 17.
- Special Requirements for Diplomatic, Official, & Regular No-Fee Passports.
- Special Requirements for Individuals Applying From Outside the U.S.
- If you are behind in child support payments, you may not be able to get a passport (See Child Support).
Submit a U.S. Passport Application in Person:
Read and understand Steps 1 - 7 before leaving this page.
1. Fill Out Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport
2. Submit Completed Form DS-11 In Person
3. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
4. Present Identification
5. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented
6. Pay the Applicable Fee
7. Provide One Passport Photo
- Print Form DS-11 and complete by hand; or
- Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11.
Please note that you:
- Must not sign the application until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent.
- Must provide your Social Security Number 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.
NOTE: There are special submission requirements for All Minors Under Age 16.
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):|
*Please note, beginning April 1, 2011, all birth certificates must also include the full names of the applicant's parent(s). Some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes. 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):|
- If you cannot submit primary identification, please see Secondary Identification.
- 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.
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 disabled 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.
Please see Passport Fees for a listing of current passport fees and acceptable methods of payment.
To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the requirements and is properly submitted with your application.
- When submitting Form DS-11 in person, your photo should not be attached to the form.
You may receive your newly issued passport book, newly issued passport card, and your citizenship documents in separate mailings. For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
|Expedited at Agency||5 business days*|
*Based on need; restrictions apply
DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport