What Do I Need for a Passport Application?

Save
You're not ready to travel until your passport arrives.
You're not ready to travel until your passport arrives. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Orin Zebest)

For most international travel, you will need to obtain a passport prior to departure. Plan ahead by getting your documentation together before going to apply for your passport.

Basics

If you have not had a passport for the past 15 years, or you are under the age of 16, or you have lost your previous passport, you must appear in person at the acceptance facility to apply for your passport.

Requirements

You will need a photo ID such as a driver's license, proof of U.S. citizenship such as a certified birth certificate, a plain white photocopy of the front and back of your photo ID, plus two identical, 2 x 2-inch current color photographs of your face.

Additional Considerations

The passport agency will collect the required fee when you apply, so be sure to bring along payment. Also, you may fill out the government’s passport application in advance or when you apply.

Benefits

After you have received your first passport, in most cases you can renew it through the mail. You can also use your passport as proof of citizenship and as a photo ID whenever you need to.

Special Circumstances

For children under the age of 16, additional documents are necessary, and one or both parents must accompany a child to apply for a passport.

Related Searches

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Travel For Free With Reward Points

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!