To get a United States passport, applicants must fill out an application for a passport, which is form DS-11, submit evidence of citizenship, present identification, pay the passport fee and provide a passport photo, according to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affair's U.S. Passports & International Travel website. The application process can be undertaken via mail unless the applicant is a first-time applicant, or is under the age of 16. Additionally, those with missing passports or with passports issued more than 15 years previously must also apply in person.
Proof of citizenship must be in the form of a previously issued passport and a U.S. birth certificate. Copies, even notarized ones, are not accepted. A consular report of birth abroad, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship may also be used.
In order to prove identity, applicants need to present a valid driver's license, current government identification card, current military identification card, naturalization certificate or previously issued passport.
The fees for passports vary. As of 2015, new applicants can expect to pay $140 for an adult passport book and card, while just a passport book is $110 and just an adult passport card is $30. New applicants also pay an execution fee. Renewal passports are the same price as new passports, but there is no execution fee charged.