The passport is one of the most important documents you will ever own. It allows you to travel between countries, and it's a symbol of your citizenship in a country. But what if you need to get a new passport? How do you do it?
Getting a new passport is complicated, but it is easy. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about how to get a passport.
It's easy to get a passport, but you should know some things before you apply.
First, you need to know if you have a valid U.S. birth certificate or passport. You can use these as your primary proof of citizenship and identity. Suppose you don't have one of these documents. In that case, you'll need to apply for an expedited passport—which costs extra money and takes longer than regular processing—or provide proof of citizenship through another document, such as a naturalization certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).
Second, make sure your name is the same on all forms and documents required for the application. This includes your full legal name (first, middle, last), date of birth, gender, and social security number (SSN). Suppose there's any discrepancy between what's on your application and what's on other supporting documents like birth certificates or marriage licenses. In that case, it will delay processing time or even cause rejection so double-check everything!
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Thirdly, gather all necessary documents before applying because that's the only way they'll be accepted by the State Department, which processes passports for citizens living abroad (you'll need both original hard copies and certified copies). You must include everything listed below in order for your application to be processed.
- Proof of citizenship (an original birth certificate or naturalization certificate)
- Proof of identity (a driver’s license, passport, or military ID card)
- One 2x2 photograph of yourself taken within the last six months*
- If you're a minor (under 18 years old), your parent or legal guardian must sign your application and submit a photocopy of their government-issued photo ID.
Q: Where can I get a passport?
A: You can get your passport at an official passport agency. Find one near you at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
Q: What documents do I need?
A: You'll need proof of citizenship (such as a U.S. birth certificate), proof of identity (like a driver's license), two passport-sized photos, proof of residence (like a lease agreement or utility bill), and an application fee (which varies based on how quickly you want to receive your new travel document). If any of these documents are hard copies (not electronic), be sure to bring them in person so that they can be scanned.
Q: How much does a passport cost?
A: Prices vary depending on how quickly you need your passport. The quickest option is $145, while the cheapest is $110.
Q: How long does it take to get a passport?
A: It takes 4-6 weeks for an expedited application, 8 weeks for standard processing, or 16 weeks for international mail (if you're mailing your application).
Q: When should I apply?
A: You can apply as early as six months before you travel but no later than six weeks before the departure date. If you're applying abroad, this period may be extended by up to four weeks if there are extenuating circumstances (such as being out of town on business).
Getting a passport is easier than you might think. It's just a matter of gathering the right information and applying the appropriate steps.
We hope you found this guide on how to get a passport helpful! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out.