U.S. Passport Application Guide

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Quick Overview

U.S. passports are internationally recognized travel documents that verify the identity and nationality of the bearer. Nearly 7 million U.S. passports are issued every year. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to issue United States passports and only U.S. citizens have the right to apply for a U.S. passport. If you are not a U.S. citizen you first need to apply for United States citizenship. A valid US passport may be used to enter most foreign countries. U.S. citizens may now apply for the new U.S. Passport Card and hold both a regular passport and passport card. Some U.S. citizens hold dual citizenship, which means that an individual holds another citizenship besides U.S. citizenship. There are advantages and disadvantages of having dual citizenship and a second passport. However, in most cases dual citizenship is not a problem when renewing your passport since the U.S. government allows dual citizenship.
Overview of Contents
  • Overview of United States Passports
  • Overview of the Passport Application Process
  • United States Passport Eligibility Information
  • Benefits of having a U.S. Passport
  • Drawbacks of having a U.S. Passport
  • Who can Submit a U.S. Passport Application
  • Passport Application Requirements
  • Passport Application Instructions
  • Passport Filing Fees
  • How to apply for a U.S. Passport Card
  • Waivers and Exceptions
  • How to Apply in Person
  • How to Apply by Mail
  • Urgent Passport Applications
  • Urgent Passport Renewals
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Designated Passport Application Facilities
  • List of USCIS Offices in the United States
  • List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad
  • All required immigration forms are included

Product Description

Passport Application Process:
The US passport Application process can be a frustrating experience. It is recommended that all applicants follow the instructions included the "U.S. Passport Application and Renewal Guide" before submitting any applications. The Guide also includes information about how to apply for your first U.S. Passport Card. Download the “United States Passport Application and Renewal Guide“ (order information below). Carefully read the instructions provided in the application guide and then complete the US Passport Application forms included. If there is a name change, include a certified copy of a legal document. Next, take passport pictures according to the instructions provided and either mail the application forms to an official recognized passport facility or visit in person. Addresses and contact information are included in the application guide.

You must include the following:
  • Proof of identity and citizenship
  • Passport pictures and supplemental documentation (if applicable)
You will receive your US passport in 28 to 42 days or pay an expedited fee and receive your passport within 10 to 14 days. More information about the expedited processing can be found in the "United States Passport Application and Renewal Guide".

Benefits of Having a United States Passport:
  • The best proof of identity when entering the United States by land, sea or air
  • Be able to enter the United States without a lot of questioning by CPB
  • U.S. passport holders can live abroad for longer periods of time without losing their U.S. citizenship
  • U.S. passport holders don't need visas to enter most foreign countries
  • United States citizens with a valid passport receive services and assistance from Embassies and Consulates abroad
  • A United States passport is a valid form of ID to board domestic and international flights
How to Apply for United States Passport:
Download the Passport Application and submit your application following the instructions provided.