The passport processing, execution, and security fees 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 available only in the United States.
If you desire OVERNIGHT DELIVERY SERVICE for the return of your passport, 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
1. 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 acceptable
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 who 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 color, clear, with a full front
view of your face, and 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, head
covering, or dark glasses unless a signed statement is submitted by the applicant verifying the item is worn daily for religious purposes 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. Any photograph retouched so that
your appearance is changed is unacceptable. A snapshot, most vending machine prints, 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.
CURRENT FEES ARE LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE AT TRAVEL.STATE.GOV. BY LAW, THE PASSPORT FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
2. PROOF OF IDENTITY
3. RECENT COLOR PHOTOGRAPH
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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
APPLICANTS BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES: Submit a previous U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, 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 parent(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
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
You may receive your newly issued passport book and/or card and your returned citizenship evidence in two separate mailings. If you are applying for both a U.S.
passport book and passport card, you may receive three separate mailings; one with your returned citizenship evidence, one with your newly issued passport book,
and one with your newly issued passport card.
If you are 16 years of age or older: Your U.S. passport will be valid for 10 years from the date of issue except where limited by the Secretary of State to a shorter period.
(See information below about the additional cost for expedited service.)
If you are under 16 years of age: Your U.S. passport will be valid for five years from the date of issue except where limited by the Secretary of State to a shorter period.
(See information below about the additional cost for expedited service.)