How to Get a Passport in Florida

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All U.S. residents, regardless of age, need a passport when traveling abroad.
All U.S. residents, regardless of age, need a passport when traveling abroad. (Image: passport image by isatori from Fotolia.com)

Like all U.S. citizens, Florida residents need a valid U.S. passport to travel internationally. Passports are small books that contain your photo, personal information and additional pages where customs officials place their country’s stamp once you’ve been granted entrance into their country. Because passports can take several weeks to obtain once you’ve applied, you should plan your international vacation accordingly.

Things You'll Need

  • photo identification
  • 2 passport photos
  • proof of citizenship

Enter your Florida zip code or city into the the U.S. Department of State's website to find the Passport Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency nearest you.

Complete form DS-11, the application for a U.S. Passport. This form is obtained online or at any Passport Acceptance Facility. Do not sign the form until you are in the presence of a passport acceptance facility agent.

Provide the agent at the passport facility with your photo identification and proof of your U.S. citizenship. Acceptable forms of photo ID include your driver’s license, state-issued ID card, Naturalization Certificate and/or your current government or military ID. Acceptable proof of citizenship includes your certified birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Naturalization Certificate and/or your Certificate of Citizenship.

Give the passport agent two passport photos. Passport photos must meet all of the passport photo requirements or your application will be denied. Your photos must be identical, 2 inches by 2 inches, color photographs that are no more than 6 months old, printed on photo paper, with your full face against a light-colored background. The image must measure between 1 inch and 1 3/8 of an inch from the bottom of your chin to the top of your forehead; and you may not be wearing any uniform, head gear or non-prescription glasses in the photos.

Pay the passport fee, which is $135 as of 2010. Your passport is mailed to you within four to six weeks of being submitted. If you want to receive your passport more quickly, tell the passport agent you wish to expedite the handling of your application, which costs an additional $60 as of 2010. Expedited passports are mailed to you two to three weeks after they are submitted.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are younger than 16 and applying for a passport, you must be accompanied by your parents or guardians, whose signature is required on your application.
  • The fee for a minor's passport is $105 as of 2010.

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