All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport to travel internationally. Depending on where you are traveling, you will need to determine if you are getting a passport book and/or card.
Apply for a Passport Book
Passport book is required for all international travel.
To complete the application, first do one of the following:
- Use the Passport Application Wizard to step through the application process. When you complete the application process, print out the application.
- Download the passport application form (DS-11) and complete it by hand, or go to a local passport acceptance facility to get a copy of the form.
It is important that you do not sign the form until you are instructed to do so.
Apply for a Passport Card
Passport card can be used to enter the United States at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry from:
- the Caribbean
A Passport card is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book, but it cannot be used for international travel by air.
- If you have a U.S. passport book and want to renew that plus get a passport card: You may qualify to apply by mail. Use online application form or download form DS-82.
- If you have never had a U.S. passport book, you can still get just a passport card: You will need to apply in person. Download form DS-11.
Learn more about being a first time applicant, fees, photo, and identification requirements.