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A passport is a document issued by the government of a country certifying an individual is a citizen of that country, About.com explains. Passports allow people to exit and enter their country of citizenship and travel to other countries.

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U.S. passports are valid for ten years if the passport holder was 16 or older when he obtained his passport and for five years if the passport holder was 15 or younger at that time. The front of a passport card or the data page of a passport book shows the issue and expiration dates.

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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

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A new passport book costs $110 if the applicant is 16 or older and a passport card costs $30. These amounts are subject to change and are valid as of March, 2015.

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The price of a passport renewal in the United States can be found on the Department of State website. There is a section devoted to international travel and passports, where prices for first-time and renewal passports for both adults and minors are listed.

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The U.S. Passports & International Travel website, travel.state.gov, provides detailed information on the cost to renew a U.S. passport. The fees listed include passport renewals, passport card renewals, and all applicable execution and expedited service fees. The National Passport Center can be rea

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To obtain a U.S. passport for the first time, applicants submit form DS-11 along with the fee, a valid photo ID and proof of citizenship. An up-to-date photo that adheres to all size, material and camera-view specifications is also required, and first-time applicants must deliver all documents in pe

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Any child traveling internationally needs to have a passport. A child under the age of 16 needs both parents listed on his application. Children who are 16 or 17 can apply for passports by themselves, though it is recommended that a parent or guardian accompanies them during the application process.

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To apply for an American passport, take a completed but unsigned Form DS-11, citizenship evidence, a government-issued ID and an appropriate passport photo to a local acceptance facility. While at the facility, the applicant must sign the DS-11 form, take an oath and pay for standard or expedited pr

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First time U.S. Passport applicants must apply in person, complete and submit Form DS-11, show proof of U.S. citizenship and other identification, such as a driver's license and provide a photocopy of the identification documents to be submitted. Applicants must also pay the application fee and prov