Applicants for U.S. passports are required to present proof of U.S. citizenship, proof of identity, a completed application for a passport or renewal, and a photocopy of the documents. Applicants may use a previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport in lieu of proof of citizenship and identity. A photo for the passport is required for first-time applicants. First-time applications must be filled out but not signed until in front of a passport agent.
Acceptable proof of citizenship includes a certificate of citizenship, certified birth certificate, naturalization certificate or a certificate proving birth abroad. A certified birth certificate must be issued by the city, county or state of birth, list the person's full name and parents' names, be signed by a registrar, and have the registrar's seal. Certified copies and photocopies are not accepted. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid driver's license, military identification, government identification or certificate of naturalization or citizenship.
A form of identification must be presented at the time of application. All documents submitted with the application are returned once the passport application is reviewed. The expired or expiring passport must be submitted with applications for renewals unless the passport is lost, damaged or stolen. Applicants without a previously issued passport or a damaged passport must apply for renewal in person with all required paperwork as a first-time applicant.