How To Get A Passport

A deal by , 6. Dec. 2018 11:25 am

So, it's time to get your passport. Great news: it's super easy.


Here's how you do it:

1. Apply in person using the Form DS-11. Fill it out and bring it along

2. You should also bring proof of US citizenship. Here's what you can bring for proof:

  • a fully valid, undamaged US passport (it can be expired)
  • your birth certificate, as long as it lists the city, county, or state of birth; lists your full name, date of birth and place of birth; lists your parent(s) full names; has the date filed with the registrar's office (within one year of birth); has the registrar's signature; and has the seal of the issuing authority.
  • a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

3. You need a photocopy of whatever you've chosen to bring as your proof of citizenship.

4. You need to bring an ID. Here's your options:

  • In-state, fully valid driver's license or enhanced driver's license with photo
  • In-state, fully valid learner's permit
  • In-state, fully valid non-driver ID
  • Temporary driver's license
  • Valid or expired, undamaged U.S. passport book or passport card
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state, or federal)
  • U.S. military or military dependent ID
  • Current (valid) foreign passport
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular ID) - commonly used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) - commonly used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • Trusted Traveler IDs (including valid Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS cards)

Don't have any of those? Click here.

If your gender does not match the one on your ID, you may need additional documents. Click here for those.

5. Bring a photocopy of the ID you've chosen.

6. You'll also need additional documents if any of these apply to you:

7. Bring a photo! Make sure it fits these requirements. Some passport acceptance facilities have photo booths for a fee, but not all of them.

8. Calculate fees! You didn't think this was free, did ya?

9. Submit your application and wait! Need your passport in a hurry? Click this link!



How do I know if I need to apply in person?

  • You should apply in person if at least one of the following are true:
  • You are applying for your first US passport.
  • You are under age 16.
  • You got your previous passport when you were under the age of 16.
  • Your previous passport was lost, stolen, or damaged.
  • Your most recent passport was issued 15+ years ago.



How do I renew my passport by mail?

Straight from the travel.state.gov website, here's the deal:

How To Get A Passport

from US Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs website


Pretty straightforward! For the last one, make sure that you send a notarized copy instead of your original documents. You wouldn't want them to get lost! Here's the link to the renewal form from the screenshot.


You're all set! Get that passport and get booking! I know a great website where you can book super cool travel deals. ;)


How To Get A Passport