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Passport Basics


Where to get Passport Applications

Pick up US Passport or Renewal Applications at you local Post Office

If you do not have a Passport a visit to a Passport Agent is required, find a location near you at:

First-time Applicants

Fill out Application

Provide evidence of US citizenship

Provide Identification

Make copies of front and back of all identification documents on white paper 8 ½ x 11"

Pay Application Fee (as the fee is subject to change check the most current fees for adults and children at:

One 2 x 2 inch color Passport Photo that must adhere to a specific format, see format and photo requirements at:


Renew Passport

Fill out Renewal Application

Include most recent US Passport Book (not more than 15 years old) and or US Passport Card

If your name has changed since last passport provide a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order.

Pay Application Fee.  Make check or money order payable to Department of State, include full name and date of birth printed or typed on the front of the check or money order.  Do not seen cash.  

One 2 x 2 inch recent color Passport Photo

Mail Passport Application with all necessary documents to:

National Passport Processing Center

Post Office Box 90155

Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155

Need a Passport in a hurry?

Traveling within the next two weeks?

Make an appointment at a regional passport agency and arrive with all necessary documents. Be prepared to pay an additional fee plus overnight delivery charges.

For additional Information, FAQ’s and Inquires

Contact the National Passport  Information Center (NPIC) 877-487-2778 or 888-874-7793 automated information is available 24/7.

Every effort has been made to provide accurate and up-to-date information, however you are strongly advised to double check the State Departments website for the latest Passport updates, information, agency locations and telephone numbers  may change.  We can accept no responsibility for the consequence of any action taken on the basis of information contained in these pages