The first step to obtaining a printed passport is filling out the DS-11 application. After completing the form, the applicant must send the form, evidence of U.S. citizenship, identification and a passport photo to a Passport Acceptance Facility, or he must appear at a Passport Agency in person for finalization.
Proof of U.S. Citizenship needed during the passport process includes a valid U.S. passport, a U.S. birth certificate, a consular report of birth abroad, a naturalization certificate, or a certificate of citizenship. Acceptable photo identification includes a valid U.S. passport, a certificate of naturalization or citizenship, a valid driver's license, a current government ID, or a current military ID. When applying, the applicant should bring a photocopy showing the back and front of his chosen identification printed on 8.5-by-11-inch white paper. If the applicant does not have any sources of primary identification, he may use secondary identification in the application process. Passport photos should be 2-inch-by-2-inch head shots in color against a plain background.
In addition, there is an application fee for the passport process. As of 2015, for applicants under the age of 16, the passport process costs $40 to $120, depending on whether the applicant seeks a new passport or a renewal. For applicants over the age of 16, the fees range from $55 to $175.