Travelers cannot use a template to create valid passports in the United States. They must fill out form DS-11 and submit the form in person along with proof of United States citizenship, photo identification and one copy of a passport photo before the government can provide them with valid passports.Continue Reading
Passport applicants can fill out and print Form DS-11 on the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs' website, or they can download the form to fill out by hand from the same website. The form requires social security numbers, or the applicant may face significant processing delays or denial of the application. Applicants must not sign the form until directed to do so by the Acceptance Agent at a Passport Application Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency.
Accepted forms of proof of U.S. citizenship include a previously issued, valid United States passport; a certified United States birth certificate; a Consular Report of Birth Abroad; a Naturalization Certificate or a Certificate of Citizenship. Accepted primary forms of photo identification include a valid driver's license, a valid passport, a government identification card or a military identification card.
The final steps to obtain a United States passport are to pay applicable fees and provide one passport photograph. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has the passport fee schedule on its website along with a list of acceptable forms of payment. Passport photos must be two inches by two inches in size, in color, printed on matte or glossy paper, and taken within the last six months. Some passport agencies provide photo services at an additional cost.Learn more about Geography