As of 2015, those applying for a United States passport are required to have a completed form DS-11, evidence of U.S. citizenship, a form of present identification, one passport photo and the application fee, notes the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must apply in person if they are considered a first-time applicant.
U.S. passport applicants must have proof of citizenship. Documents that can be used as evidence include a previously issued valid U.S. Passport, certified U.S. birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, naturalization certificate or consular report of birth abroad.
Applicants must also show a current form of photo identification. Documents that can be used as primary identification are a valid driver's license, current government ID, current military ID, certificate of naturalization or citizenship or undamaged U.S. passport. Applicants who cannot provide primary identification should show multiple forms of secondary identification, such as a social security card, library card or student ID. Applicants should also bring a copy of all documents.
Applicants should also have one passport photo. Some passport facilities will take the photo when applicants apply. The application form must be completed; however, applicants should not sign the form until instructed to do so. Completed passport applications, including all required documents, are typically processed within 4 to 6 weeks.