By: Sarah Stone
Not sure how to apply for a United States passport? Don’t worry–the process can be a bit confusing for first-timers. Read on to learn how to navigate it!
1. Fill Out Your Passport Application Form
The first step in how to apply for a United States passport: fill out Form DS-11, which you can download from the U.S. Department of State website. Click here to view the form and other important information.
2. Take Photos for Your Passport
You’ll need to submit one photograph of yourself to be used on your passport. Pictures must be printed on photo quality paper, in full color, and sized to 2″x2″. You can have them taken professionally, in a photo booth, or on your own—but you will need to follow a few guidelines to make sure your photo is accepted with your application. Click here to view more passport photo requirements.
3. Provide ID and Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Make photocopies of your valid ID and proof of U.S. citizenship, and set them aside to submit with your application. A photo ID, such as your driver’s license or government issued picture identification card as well as your birth certificate should do. Click here to learn more, and see what else you should do if you don’t have one of these items.
4. Pay the Passport Application Fee
Adult passport applications currently cost $110, plus an additional $25 for processing. You also can apply for a passport card, which is valid to use for entry into certain countries rather than a full passport. Click here to view passport application and renewal prices for adults and minors, as well as for special services.
5. Send It All In!
Now collect your DS-11 form, passport photo, identification, proof of citizenship, and your application fee, and bring it all in (or mail it along)! Click here to learn more about submitting your passport application.