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Apply for a new adult passport

You need a passport to travel to most countries outside the U.S. Learn how to apply for a passport in person, check your application status, and get it changed or corrected.


Be aware of processing times. They change throughout the year.

Eligibility to get a passport

If you are not able to renew your U.S. passport, or if this is your first one, you will need to apply for a new passport. To be eligible, you must be either:

  • A U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization or
  • A qualifying U.S. non-citizen national

You must apply in person at a passport acceptance facility for a new passport. It cannot be done online or by mail.

What do you need to get a passport?

The application process for passport books and passport cards is the same. You will choose which type of passport you want when you fill out the application. Learn about the differences between passport books and passport cards.

There are 4 things you will need to apply for and get your U.S. passport.

  1. Application - You will need Form DS-11. 
  2. Personal documents including:
    • Original proof of citizenship - Learn about what qualifies as primary citizenship evidence or what secondary evidence may qualify if you do not have primary evidence.
    • An acceptable photo ID
    • A photocopy of both your citizenship document and photo ID
  3. Passport photo
  4. Passport fee

Apply in person. Find your local passport acceptance facility. This facility could be a library or post office. Some facilities require appointments or have limited hours.

LAST UPDATED: May 14, 2024


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