How to get a passport

To get a passport in the United States, you’ll need to follow these steps:

1. Gather Required Documents:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship: This can be a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or previous U.S. passport.
  • Proof of identity: You can use a driver’s license, government-issued ID, or previous U.S. passport.
  • Passport photo: You’ll need a recent 2×2-inch passport photo. Many pharmacies and post offices offer passport photo services.
  • Passport application form: You can fill out the form online using the U.S. Department of State’s website, or you can obtain a paper form from an acceptance facility.

2. Choose a Processing Speed:

  • Routine service: This typically takes 6-8 weeks for processing.
  • Expedited service: For an additional fee, you can expedite the process, which reduces the processing time to 2-3 weeks.

3. Complete the Application:

  • If you’re filling out the form online, follow the instructions on the U.S. Department of State’s website. If using a paper form, carefully fill it out using black ink.

4. Pay the Applicable Fees:

  • The fees vary depending on the type of passport you’re applying for and the processing speed. Check the U.S. Department of State’s website for the most current fee information.

5. Submit Your Application:

  • You can submit your application at a U.S. Department of State-recognized acceptance facility. These are typically located in post offices, clerks of court, and public libraries. Use the State Department’s online search tool to find the nearest acceptance facility.
  • If you need expedited service and are traveling within two weeks, you can schedule an appointment at a U.S. Department of State regional passport agency.

6. Provide Proof of Travel Plans (If Required):

  • If you need a passport for imminent travel (within 72 hours), you may need to provide proof of your travel plans.

7. Appear in Person (If Required):

  • Some individuals, such as first-time adult applicants, minors, or individuals with lost or stolen passports, may be required to apply in person.

8. Oath of Allegiance:

  • At the acceptance facility, you may be asked to take an oath of allegiance.

9. Processing Time:

  • After submitting your application, you’ll need to wait for the processing to be completed. You can check the status of your application online.

10. Receive Your Passport: – Once your application is processed, you will receive your new passport in the mail.

It’s essential to plan well in advance if you need a passport for international travel. Passport processing times can vary, so be sure to apply early to ensure you have your passport in time for your trip. Keep your passport in a safe and secure location, as it is an essential document for international travel and identification.