The passport application fee, security surcharge, and expedite fee may be paid in any of the following forms: Checks (personal, certified, or
traveler's) with the applicant's full name and date of birth printed on the front; major credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover); bank
draft or cashier's check; money order (U.S. Postal, international, currency exchange), or if abroad, the foreign currency equivalent, or a check drawn on a
U.S. bank. All fees should be payable to the "U.S. Department of State
" or if abroad, the appropriate U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. When applying at a
designated acceptance facility, the execution fee will be paid separately and should be made payable to the acceptance facility. NOTE: Some designated
acceptance facilities do not accept credit cards as a form of payment.
For faster processing, you may request expedited service. Please include the expedite fee in your payment. Our website contains updated information
regarding fees and processing times for expedited service. Expedited service is only available for passports mailed in the United States and Canada.
OVERNIGHT DELIVERY SERVICE is only available for passport book mailings in the United States. Please include the appropriate fee with your payment.
An additional fee will be charged when, upon your request, the U.S. Department of State verifies issuance of a previous U.S. passport or Consular Report
of Birth Abroad because you are unable to submit evidence of U.S. citizenship.
For applicants with U.S. government or military authorization for no-fee passports, no fees are charged except the execution fee when applying at a
designated acceptance facility.
PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP
You may submit items such as the following containing your signature AND a photograph that is a good likeness of you: previous or current U.S. passport
book; previous or current U.S. passport card; driver's license (not temporary or learner's license); Certificate of Naturalization; Certificate of Citizenship;
military identification; or federal, state, or municipal government employee identification card. Temporary or altered documents are not a
You must establish your identity to the satisfaction of the acceptance agent and Passport Services. We may ask you to provide additional evidence to
establish your identity. If you have changed your name, please see travel.state.gov
IF YOU CANNOT PROVIDE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY as stated above, you must appear with an IDENTIFYING WITNESS, who is a U.S.
citizen, non-citizen U.S. national, or permanent resident alien that has known you for at least two years. Your witness must prove his or her identity and
complete and sign an Affidavit of Identifying Witness (Form DS-71) before the acceptance agent. You must also submit some identification of your own.
Submit a color photograph of you alone, sufficiently recent to be a good likeness of you (taken within the last six months), and 2x2 inches in size. The image
size measured from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head (including hair) should not be less than 1 inch, and not more than 1 3/8 inches. The
photograph must be in color, clear, with a full front view of your face. The photograph must be taken with a neutral facial expression (preferred) or a natural
smile, and with both eyes open and be printed on photo quality paper with a plain light (white or off-white) background. The photograph must be taken in
normal street attire, without a hat, or head covering unless a signed statement is submitted by the applicant verifying that the hat or head covering is part of
recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously when in public or a signed doctor's statement is submitted
verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes. Headphones, "bluetooth", or similar devices must not be worn in the passport photograph. Glasses or
other eyewear are not acceptable unless you provide a signed statement from a doctor explaining why you cannot remove them due to medical reasons (e.g.,
during the recovery period from eye surgery). Any photograph retouched so that your appearance is changed is unacceptable. A snapshot, most vending
machine prints, hand-held self portraits, and magazine or full-length photographs are unacceptable. A digital photo must meet the previously stated
qualifications, and will be accepted for use at the discretion of Passport Services. Visit our website at travel.state.gov
for details and information.
FEES ARE LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE AT TRAVEL.STATE.GOV
. BY LAW, THE PASSPORT FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
PROOF OF IDENTITY
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APPLICANTS BORN IN THE UNITED STATES: Submit a previous U.S. passport or certified birth certificate. Passports that are limited in validity will need
to be supplemented by other evidence. A birth certificate must include your full name, date and place of birth, sex, date the birth record was filed, the seal or
other certification of the official custodian of such records (state, county, or city/town office), and the full names of your parent(s).
If the birth certificate was filed more than 1 year after the birth: It must be supported by evidence described in the next paragraph.
If no birth record exists: Submit a registrar's notice to that effect. Also, submit a combination of the evidence listed below, which should include your given
name and surname, date and/or place of birth, and the seal or other certification of the office (if customary), and the signature of the issuing official.
A hospital birth record;
An early baptismal or circumcision certificate;
Early census, school, medical, or family Bible records;
Insurance files or published birth announcements (such as a newspaper article); and
Notarized affidavits (or DS-10, Birth Affidavit) of older blood relatives having knowledge of your birth may be submitted in addition to
some of the records listed above.
APPLICANTS BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
: Submit a previous U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular
Report of Birth Abroad, or evidence described below:
If you claim citizenship through naturalization of parent(s): Submit the Certificate(s) of Naturalization of your parent(s), your foreign birth certificate (and
official translation if the document is not in English), proof of your admission to the United States for permanent residence,
and your parents'
marriage/certificate and/or evidence that you were in the legal and physical custody of your U.S. citizen parent, if applicable.
If you claim citizenship through birth abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent: Submit a Consular Report of Birth (Form FS-240), Certification of Birth (Form
DS-1350 or FS-545), or your foreign birth certificate (and official translation if the document is not in English), proof of U.S. citizenship of your parent, your
parents' marriage certificate, and
an affidavit showing all of your U.S. citizen parents' periods and places of residence/physical presence in the United States
and abroad before your birth.
- If you claim citizenship through adoption by a U.S. citizen pare
nt(s): Submit evidence of your permanent residence status, full and final adoption, and your
U.S. citizen parent(s) evidence of legal and physical custody. (NOTE: Acquisition of U.S. citizenship for persons born abroad and adopted only applies if the
applicant was born on or after 02/28/1983.)
ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE: You must establish your citizenship to the satisfaction of the acceptance agent and Passport Services. We may ask
you to provide additional evidence to establish your claim to U.S. citizenship. Visit travel.state.gov