How to Get a U.S. Passport

How to Get a U.S. Passport

Don't have a U.S. passport? Find out how to get one, thanks to Savvy Sugar

You're ready to pack your bags and travel the world! But wait a minute, there's just one little thing you're missing—your passport. No worries: Just follow these easy steps from the Bureau of Consular Affairs on obtaining the little travel booklet that'll get you places. Read on to find out what they are and keep in mind that these instructions apply to people who are applying for a passport for the first time and are over the age of 16.

Fill Out the DS-11 Form

You have two choices: Complete the DS-11 form online and then print it, or fill out it out by hand. You can access both choices here and you must turn in the form in person.

Gather Your Proof of Citizenshp

You need to bring in one proof of citizenship along with your DS-11 form.  This includes:

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

Keep in mind that all birth certificates must include the full names of your parents.

If you don't have any of the above sources, you need to bring in a secondary form of evidence.

Bring a Form of ID

You need to bring a valid form of identification in addition to the DS-11 form and a proof of citizenship. Primary forms of ID include:

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
  • Current Military ID (military and dependents)

If you're visiting an Acceptance Facility and only have an out-of-state ID on you, you need to bring a picture ID that has your full name, date of birth and the date issued on it. If you don't have any of these primary forms of ID, check which secondary forms of ID will suffice.

To find out the other steps necessary for getting a passport, head over to Savvy Sugar

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