There are two (2) ways to Apply for a US Passport


  1. In Person. You must apply in person using Form DS-11 if at least one of the following is true:
    • 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

    • Requirements:
      1. Completed Form DS-11
      2. Proof of US citizenship - any one of the following, bring original and photocopy
        • US Birth Certificate
        • Consular Report of Birth or Certification of Birth
        • Certificate of Naturalization
        • Certificate of Citizenship
      3. Valid ID - any one of the following, bring original and photocopy
        • US driver's license
        • Valid foreign passport
        • US military ID or military dependent ID
        • Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
      4. 2x2 Colored Photo with White Background




  2. By Mail. You can renew by mail using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:
    • Is submitted with your application
    • Is undamaged (other than normal "wear and tear")
    • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
    • Was issued within the last 15 years
    • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)

    • Requirements:
      1. Completed Form DS-82
      2. Most Recent Passport
      3. Name Change Documents (if applicable) like marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order
      4. 2x2 Colored Photo with White Background




Minor Children


All passport applicants under 16 must apply in person using Form DS-11.

Note: Passports for children under 16 are only valid for 5 years.

Requirements:
  1. Completed Form DS-11
  2. Proof of US citizenship - any one of the following, bring original and photocopy
    • US Birth Certificate
    • Consular Report of Birth or Certification of Birth
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  3. Parental Relationship
    • US Birth Certificate (also evidence of US citizenship)
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (also evidence of US citizenship)
    • Foreign birth certificate
    • Adoption decree
    • Divorce/Custody decree
  4. Valid ID - any one of the following, bring original and photocopy
    • US driver's license
    • Valid foreign passport
    • US military ID or military dependent ID
    • Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
  5. 2x2 Colored Photo with White Background
  6. Show Parental Consent

    Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child's passport. The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to go with the child in person to apply for the passport.

    What if both parents/guardians cannot appear in person?
    • You have sole legal authority - provide court order, divorce decree, birth certificate or adoption decree showing that you are the only parent, death certificate of the parent that cannot appear in person
    • One parent unable to appear - complete  Form DS-3053 "Statement of Consent" and have it notarized. Bring original and photocopy.
    • You cannot locate the other parent - submit Form DS-5525 “Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances"
    • Neither parent able to appear - a third party may apply for the child's passport with a notarized statement from both parents/guardians giving that third party permission to apply for the child.