How to Get a Passport in Mississippi

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Get a Passport in Mississippi
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With travel regulations constantly changing, it's a good idea to have your passport in hand. Applying for a passport in Mississippi is practically the same as applying for a passport anywhere. You can apply for your passport at an Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency. Acceptance Facilities include post offices, public libraries, courts and government offices. There are 108 passport Acceptance Facilities in Mississippi (see Resources). You must apply in person if you are a first time applicant, aged 16 or under or if your previous U.S. passport was lost or stolen. Otherwise you can renew your application via mail

Things You'll Need

  • Passport application form
  • 2 passport sized photographs
  • Application fee
  • Identification
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship

Print and complete From DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport (see Resources).

Provide two identical, color passport photos. The photographs must be 2 x 2 inches in size. The size of the face from the chin to the top of the hair can only range from 1 to 1 3/8 inches. The photos should be high quality, free of shadows, not over exposed and properly focused (for further specifications, see Resources). Photographs taken from photo booths are unacceptable. There are many places in Mississippi that cater specifically for passport photos, including chain stores like the UPS store, Walgreens and Rite-Aid, as well as most photo studios.

Pay the required application fee. The fee for adults (aged 16 and older) is $100, the fee for minors (under 16 years old) is $85. For the latest information on fees visit the U.S. Department of State website (see Resources). It costs a further $60 for adults and $45 for minors to expedite your application. Payment at Passport Agencies can be made via credit, debit or check cards, bank drafts, personal or certified cashiers' or travelers' checks and money orders to the Department of State. Acceptance Facilities require payment to be made by personal checks, money orders or bank drafts.

Provide evidence of U.S. Citizenship. Submit one of the following: Naturalization certificate, certified birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, previous undamaged U.S. passport or Consular Certificate of Birth Abroad.

Present valid identification. Show one of the following: Drivers license, naturalization certificate, current government or military ID, or previous undamaged U.S. passport.

Apply at a Regional Passport Agency if you are going abroad within two weeks, or if you require your passport for a foreign visa within four weeks. You will need to make an appointment at a Passport Agency, so contact the National Passport Center (see Resources) to find locations in Mississippi.

Tips & Warnings

  • To receive your passport as soon as possible use an overnight delivery service to send your passport application and to receive your new passport. Visit the Department of State website (see Resources) to track your passport application online, renew your application by mail, obtain a passport for a minor or to find the latest updates on processing times. It takes three weeks to process routine applications and two weeks for the expedited service, however, this can vary depending on what time of year it is.
  • Don't sign the Application for a US Passport Form DS-11. You will need to sign it in front of the Acceptance Agent. Don't make definitive travel reservations until you have received your passport, as your application may take longer than the suggested time. If your previous passport was lost or stolen, your application may take longer.

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