How Can I Find Out if I Have a Passport?

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A passport is required for travel abroad for all United States citizens.
A passport is required for travel abroad for all United States citizens. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

You may not know whether you have ever had a passport issued to you, especially if you were young and your parents applied for it for you. The U.S. Department of State is responsible for issuing passports to citizens. Records are kept on file for any passport issuance and application after 1925. You must provide a written request for this information. If you had one, a new passport will not automatically be issued with your request for information. You must reapply for a lost or expired passport.

Compose a request in writing that includes your full birth name and any name changes, birth date, place of birth, your current mailing address and phone number, email address, the estimated date of application (if known) and a copy of your valid state or federal identification card, such as a driver's license or military identification card. You must also include the reason for your request.

Take the request to a public notary and have it notarized. Sign the document in his or her presence.

Include a $50 check or money order payable to "Department of State."

Mail the check and written, notarized request to:

Department of State Office of Legal Affairs Law Enforcement Liaison Division 1111 19th Street, N.W. – Rm. 500 Washington, DC 20036

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