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U.S. Passport Application Guide


The United States Department of State issues a passport. A United States passport is a document that certifies an individual's citizenship and identity. The passport is an internationally recognized travel document that allows the holder to travel overseas and return to the United States. To enter most countries, a valid passport issued by the United States may be used. The U.S. Passport Card is now available to citizens who are holders of both a regular passport and a passport card. Many U.S. citizens will need to apply for a U.S. passport, and U.S. Passport card due to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) proposed measures. It can be frustrating to apply for a United States Passport. Before submitting any application, it is important that applicants read and follow the U.S. Passport Application and Renewal Guide. You can also find information in the Passport Application Guide about how to apply for your U.S. Passport Card.

  • Start Application Immediately
  • Easy to Understand Instructions
  • Apply Online or by Mail
  • Pricing and Fee Information Included
  • Checklist of Required Documents
  • Unlimited Online Support

What's included

What's included

  • Overview of the United States Passport Application Process
  • Who can apply to the United States Passport?
  • How to apply for a U.S. Passport
  • Apply for your first United States Passport
  • Apply for your U.S. Passport Card.
  • Renewing your U.S. passport requires you to apply
  • Information about urgent passport renewals and applications
  • How to get a replacement passport for a lost or stolen passport
  • How to add blank pages (48-page passports no longer exist)
  • Children under 16 years old, including babies, have special requirements

  • Information about filing fees and payment
  • Photo instructions
  • Information about eligibility
  • List of Documents Required
  • How to update your U.S. Passport following a name change
  • How to verify the status of your passport application after it has been submitted
  • Find the 9000 passport application facilities designated nationwide
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • List of all USCIS Offices in the Nation
  • How to get the most recent United States immigration forms

Important Warning and Disclaimer

  • U.S. Immigration Support (this site) does not issue passports. The U.S. Department of State is the only authority that can issue passports for the United States.
  • U.S. Immigration Support (this site) does not submit applications for applicants.
  • U.S. Immigration Support (this site) publishes the United States Passport Application and Renewal guide. This guide explains how U.S. citizens can apply for a passport on their own without an agent or third party.
APPLICATION FEES – Government fees are not included in the purchase price for the U.S. Passport Application and Renewal Guide. Additional Government fees, such as the passport application fee or the execution fee, are payable directly to the U.S. Department of State. If the application is filed at a Regional Passport Agency.


  • U.S. Immigration Support (this site) publishes the United States Passport Application and Renewal guide. This guide includes detailed instructions for filing.
  • Application guides are available for a fee. The current download fee is $59.95.
  • The execution and application fees are not included in the download fee. Before purchasing the application guide, please review the fee schedule.

U.S. Application for a Passport Card in the United States

  • Step 1: Download the United States Passport Application Renewal Guide (order details below)
  • Step 2: Carefully read the instructions in the application guide
  • Step 3: Download and complete the application forms
  • Step 4: If there is a name change, please include a certified copy.
  • Step 5: Take passport photos according to the instructions.
  • Step 6: Visit the passport office in person or send the forms by mail to an officially recognized passport facility. If applicable, include proof of identity and citizenship as well as passport photos and any additional documentation. The application guide includes contact information and addresses.
  • Step 7: Receive the passport in 28-42 days or pay an expedited charge to receive the passport within 10-14 days. The United States Passport Application and Renewal Guide have more information.

Why should you apply for a U.S Passport?

  • As a U.S. citizen, you have the right to obtain a U.S. Passport
  • You should be able to travel quickly to visit family or friends overseas
  • The right to travel internationally is a fundamental right of every American citizen. You can travel anywhere you like by having a passport
  • Sometimes, it takes weeks to obtain visas for certain countries. A valid U.S. passport will usually be required.
  • To enter or leave most countries, you will need a valid passport from the United States.
  • U.S. passport holders are allowed to travel to many countries with no visa
  • All citizens of the United States must have a valid passport to travel by air between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central, South America, Central and South America, Bermuda, and other international destinations, starting January 23, 2007.
  • All U.S. citizens must have a valid document that conforms to WHTI or a government-issued ID starting January 31, 2008. This will allow them to cross any land border or sea border. Both the identity requirement (e. g. U.S. U.S. U.S. U.S. Birth Certificate The identity and citizenship requirements are met by a U.S. passport.
  • During the summer 2008 (date to determine), only the following documents will allow you to cross the border by land and sea: U.S. passport, U.S.Passport Card, or an approved traveler’s card, such as the NEXUS or FAST card.
  • Beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens who travel to the United States by land, sea, or air (regardless their destination) will need to present a US Passport or US Passport Card or another document that is WHTI compliant.
  • It can take some time to obtain a passport. Therefore, it is better to have a valid passport on hand.
  • When traveling internationally, children and babies should have their own passports