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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 in person.


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.

Items you need to apply for a passport 

  1. Application - You will need Form DS-11. 
  2. Personal documents including:
  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: November 9, 2023


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