Passport Requirements – What Requirements is Needed to Get a Passport?

The requirements for a passport are simple, as long as you are a U.S. citizen or resident. The requirements vary depending on the age of the applicant and which type of passport is being applied for (passport book and or passport card).

For the passport book and passport card, you are required to show proof of your identity and U.S. citizenship.

Acceptable forms of proof showing your citizenship include original birth certificates, old non-damaged passports or an original certificate of naturalization or citizenship.

If there was a delay in the filing of the applicant’s birth certificate past one year, then you must bring it in with the physician’s or midwife’s signature and the documentation that was used to create the birth certificate.

In the event that you changed your name due to marriage or divorce, you will need to bring in a certified copy of your marriage certificate or a court decree that shows your name change.

If the applicant doesn’t have a birth certificate or previous U.S. passport, then other forms of proof can be used, including doctor’s record of post-natal care, baptismal certificate, census record, hospital birth certificate, early school record or family bible record.

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The documents provided should show date and location of birth and must have been created within the first five years of the applicant’s life.

Applicants that were born outside of the United States that do not have a birth certificate or consular report of birth abroad and have only one parent that is a U.S. citizen can use proof of citizenship of your parent, foreign birth certificate, a state issued document indicating that there is no birth certificate on file for you or an affidavit stating all of the locations your U.S. parent lived in the U.S. and abroad before you were born.

If both parents are U.S. citizens, then you can bring in their marriage certificate as an alternative to the aforementioned documentations. Minors and first-time adult applicants must apply for passports in person. Adults are considered to be 16 years old and older.

Identification and proof of citizenship must be provided, which includes the following forms of documentations: driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage certificates, I.D. card, military I.D. or previous U.S. passport that isn’t altered or damaged.

You will need to fill out the proper form and a fee will be required. You can choose between getting a passport book or passport card.

Two passport photos will also be needed and must comply with regulations regarding proper passport photo specifications.