Is there a certain time limit that needs to be reached before I can apply for a passport after becoming a US citizen?

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersWe compliment you on becoming a United States Citizen. Since you are a United States citizen, you are able to apply for a United States passport.

The information that is below is required of an applicant before using for DS-11, which the form to obtain a new passport.


  • You have never been issued a United States Passport. You are under the age of 16 or you were under the age of 16 when your previous United States passport was issued.
  • Your most recent United States passport was issued more than 15 years ago.
  • Your most recent United States Passport was lost or stolen.
  • Your name has change since your previous United States passport and you are not able to legally document your name change.

Required Documents

Note: There are special requirements for minors under the age of 16.

In addition, bear in mind that when filling in your application form, to fill it in as complete as possible. If the form is not filled in as complete as possible, the applicant may face difficulties with the processing of their passport application.