How to Apply for A New Passport

Getting a new passport is a process anyone who applies must go through. Whether it is the first time or not, the process entails completing an application and gathering supporting documents and fee that will go with the package. So, let us provide a road map of the steps you must take to get your new passport.

Form DS-11

For a new passport, complete Form DS-11 Application for a US Passport. Fill the form with a black ink pen and complete all the questions as accurately, honestly and to the best of your knowledge. For a minor, parents or guardians can complete the form. Sign the application in front of an acceptance agent and not before.

Supporting Documents to Get a Passport

Gather supporting documents that will accompany the application. Supporting documents will help to identify the applicant. A birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizen, or an expired passport are examples of supporting documents.

Additional documents are required to show proof of identity. These documents of the parents or guardians are necessary when the application is for a minor. Submit copies of a driver’s license or state ID card (both sides).

If you notice, all identification documents have a photo of the owner. So, a passport is not different. Two passport-size photos must be sent with the application. The photo has strict requirements before submission. Visit an establishment like Walgreen, CVS, or Rite Aid to get your picture taken.

Where to Submit your Application

Once you have done all these steps, you can now visit an acceptance agent to submit your documents and pay a fee to get a new passport. Ask about the different processing options on how to get your new passport quicker than usual. The cost varies; however, you will have your traveling document.