What Is Needed to Get a Passport?


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In order to travel outside the United States, a passport is necessary and to get a passport, the U.S. passport application must be completed and submitted. The form, DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport, is available at a passport application acceptance facility or passport agency, and it can also be downloaded from the U.S. Department of State's website.

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What Is Needed to Get a Passport?
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Submit proof of U.S. citizenship. Any one of the following items are acceptable forms of evidence; however, photocopied or notarized versions of them are not:

  • Previously issued and undamaged U.S. passport
  • Certified government-issued birth certificate
  • Consular report of birth abroad
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Certificate of citizenship

Submit proof of identity. Any one of the following are acceptable:

  • Previously issued and undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Valid driver's license
  • Current government identification (city, state or federal)
  • Current military identification (military and dependents)

Submit a copy of the identity documents on plain white, letter-size paper, with the front and back of the ID shown; however, only one side of the paper should be used for this. There should be no other images or markings on the paper.

Submit a single passport photo, and then pay the passport fee to complete this process. The state department's website has a list of the fees, but they are also listed at any passport application acceptance facility and passport agency.

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