June 6, 2020

How To Apply For A US Passport

Getting a passport is not a difficult thing to do, but it does take some time to go through the process. Because of this, it is important to allow as much time as possible to avoid last minute complications. Knowing how to apply for a US passport can help make the process easy and hassle free.


For adults, there are a few basic steps that need to be followed in order for an application to be processed. First, a filled out passport application needs to be turned in to a passport office or acceptance facility, and first time applicants are required to submit the application in person. This can be at a regional office, or more commonly, a local post office.

The next step is to provide evidence of citizenship in addition to verifying identity, and two tiers of proof are required. The first tier can be satisfied with a certified birth certificate, naturalization certificate or a previously issued passport. If these documents are not available, a collection of secondary evidence is permitted if they show name and date of birth, and were created in the first five years of life.

Proof of identity can be satisfied with a valid state issued drivers license or government ID. Additionally, a previously issued and undamaged passport can also be used. There are some conditions to this as well, most commonly that if the applicant is applying in a state that is not their legal home state, then additional identification will be required.

Once these items are assembled, copied and submitted, the next step is to pay the applicable fees. For a new one, the current rate for adults is $110 for the book and $140 for the book and wallet card. Additionally, there is an extra charge for rush processing in addition to overnight shipping. The wallet card is handy for land or sea travel between Canada, the US and Mexico, but is not valid for air, so it is not ideal for everyone.

Finally, two recent, clean and digitally acceptable photographs need to be submitted with the application. The photographs should be taken wearing normal street clothes and look as natural as possible.

Once all of the items have been submitted and the application is complete, it will take anywhere from four to six weeks to receive the book or card in the mail. There are expedited services available that can reduce the processing time to between two and three weeks, and there are also exceptions for emergency issues for travel within 14 days of the application. The fee for expedited service is $60 in addition to the other fees, and it is strongly suggested that the applicant purchase and include a prepaid overnight shipping return envelope.

Passports and passport cards are now required for travel to Canada and Mexico as well as the rest of the world. This article should help to know how to apply for a US passport, and make the process more understandable and easier to walk through. Allowing time to collect required documents will ensure a complete application the first time.

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