Traveling Abroad – How do I apply for a passport before traveling abroad?
QUESTION: I have never been outside the US. before. I have a trip plan to Spain and I want to know how to apply for a passport before traveling abroad?
ANSWER: Congratulations on traveling abroad for the first time. To obtain a passport, there is a form you must complete. Furthermore, there are other documents that must be put together with the form. Since this is your first time getting a passport, you must complete Form DS-11 Application for a New Passport. The instructions on how to complete the form and fee are on the form. If you are a minor, then your parents must complete additional forms. This information is on this website.
The passport process usually takes between 4-6 weeks to complete. This time is base on the all the necessary documents went in. Additional documents include proof of identity and a passport picture. If you are a U.S. citizen, then proof of identity can be a photo id like a driver license or state id. If you are a naturalize citizen, then you can use your Naturalization Certificate. The Passport picture must be 2×2 in size, snap with a white back drop and recently.
If your trip is sooner that the passport processing time or you wish to have your passport sooner, then you can use an expedite service. An expedite passport service can process your passport within 2-3 weeks. This process can take less time if you hire a professional expediting service or visit your nearest regional passport agency.