Obtaining a Valid Passport

The Department of State website provides details on the process for applying for a U.S. passport. You must apply in person using Form DS-11 if at least one of the following is true:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport
  • You are under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago

You must submit your completed application, including citizenship evidence, photocopy of ID, photo, and fees, in person at a passport acceptance facility.

If none of the above statements apply to you, you may be eligible to Renew using Form DS-82.

Details about where and when to apply for your U.S. passport are available here.

We recommend that you make two copies of your passport identification page.  One should be left with a friend or relative in the United States, and the other should be carried with you in a separate place from your actual passport.  This can facilitate the replacement of your passport if it is lost or stolen.