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Obtaining a Passport

  1. Complete an Application for Passport: DS-11

    Note: Do not sign the application form until a Passport Agent instructs you to do so.

  2. Present Proof of U.S. Citizenship
    You may prove U.S. Citizenship with one of the following:
    • Previous U.S. Passport (mutilated, altered, or damaged passports will not be accepted)
    • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state (photocopies will not be accepted)

    Note: A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar's signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be within one year of your birth.

  3. Present Proof of Identity
    You may prove your identity with any one of these:
    • Previous U.S. passport (mutilated, altered, or damaged passports are not acceptable as proof of identity.)
    • Naturalization Certificate
    • Current, valid
      • Driver's license
      • Government ID: city, state or federal
      • Military ID: military and dependents

    Note: A Social Security Card or a voter's registration card does not prove your identity.

  4. Provide Two Passport Photos
    Your photographs must be:
    • 2" x 2" in size
    • Identical
    • Taken within the past six months, showing current appearance
    • Color
    • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
    • Between 1" and 1 3/8" from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
    • Taken in normal street attire
      • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily.
      • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.
      • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig, or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.
      • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.

    Note: There's no need to visit an expensive photography studio to have your passport photo taken. Walgreens Pharmacy passport photos meet government standards for passports or immigration cards. To find the location nearest you, visit www.walgreens.com/storelocator/find.jsp.

  5. Pay the Applicable Fee
    You must pay the passport application fee and the security surcharge to the "U.S. Department of State" and the execution fee to the facility where you are applying.

    For a regularly-processed passport, the application fee is $67 and the execution fee is $30, for a total of $97.

    For an expedited passport, in addition to the costs listed above, there is an additional cost of $60 per application plus overnight delivery costs.

    For Passport Application Fee:
    • Personal checks, money orders, and bank drafts at all locations
    • Exact cash at some locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility)

    For Execution Fee:
    • Money orders and bank drafts at all locations
    • Personal checks and exact cash at some locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility)
    • Credit cards at U.S. Postal Facilities and some other locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility)

    To find the nearest passport agency or acceptance facility, visit iafdb.travel.state.gov.

  6. Provide a Social Security Number
    If you do not provide your Social Security Number, the Internal Revenue Service may impose a $500 penalty.

Note: Typically it takes up to eight weeks to receive your passport. If you are traveling in less than eight weeks, you must expedite your application and pay the necessary additional fees.