Getting a passport isn’t as hard as you think. Since 1976 we have helped people get passports for upcoming travel – and we can get a passport in as little as one day! We understand that the processes may be a bit daunting as there are several different types of passport services you can get and each has their own specific documentation, so we’re going to try to explain the common differences so that you can get your passport quickly. Although there are some additional options and services you can choose from on our [US Passports Services href=/us-passports/] page, here we are going to cover the two most common passports people need to get.
Prerequisites for Getting a New US Passport
In order to get a new passport, applicant must meet the following requirements:
Applicant is a US citizen over 18 years old, AND;
Applicant has never had a U.S. Passport issued before, OR;
Applicant was under 16 years old when most recent passport was issued OR;
Applicant has not had a U.S. Passport issued for over 15 years.
If you meet the requirements to get a new passport, great! Here are the requirements:
Process Overview to Get a New Passport A Passport Acceptance Agent is a government employee who will verify the identity of the applicant. Passport Acceptance Agents are available at most Post Offices and Court Houses. Passport Acceptance Agent will have the applicant sign the new passport application and seal documents in an envelope for processing.
Proof of Citizenship to Get a New Passport To get a new passport, applicant must bring an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, naturalization papers or old passport. Birth certificates must be “long form” as opposed to "short form". While there are several data points that must be listed including being issued by the city, county, or state (as opposed to hospital) and include parents full names, registrar's signature, seal and more, generally speaking a certificate smaller than 8.5” x 11” will not be accepted.
Proof of Identification to Get a New Passport Applicant must have a driver's license or state-issued identification issued more than six months ago to get a passport. Official government or military picture identification is also acceptable.
Passport Photos to Get a New Passport Applicant must submit one (1) color, passport style photograph. Photo may be obtained at many post offices, Kinko’s, Mailboxes Etc or similar locations. Please Note: Effective November 1, 2016 the State Department will NOT accept photos of applicants wearing glasses (except under undefined “special conditions”).
Proof of Travel Applicant must submit a computer-generated itinerary from a travel agency or online booking tool (such as an e-confirmation) showing departure from the U.S. to get a passport fast.
Government Fees to Get a New Passport The US State Dept charges $110 to get a passport and $25 for verification of new passport applications by the Acceptance Agent. Both fees must be paid to the Acceptance Agent onsite. The new passport fee of $170 may be paid by check, cash or money order. If paying by check, starter checks are not acceptable. Indicate the applicants name and DOB in the memo line. The Acceptance Agent fee of $25 may be paid by any payment method.
New Passport Application (DS-11) Applicant must submit one completed [passport application form DS-11 href=/us-passports/passport-application]. DO NOT SIGN the completed application until instructed to do so by Acceptance Agent.
Concierge Service is our premium white-glove service, providing a dedicated Concierge Team to
manage the entire application process including document preparation and review,
optional 1-1 phone appointments with a Concierge Specialist, upgraded shipping,
priority submission, and more - all beginning within 4 business hours of your request.
It's a complicated world out there. Let us simplify it for you. (Additional premium fees apply)
If you have an EMERGENCY situation, you may utilize our EMERGENCY CONCIERGE SERVICE
which puts you to the front of the line instantly! EMERGENCY CONCIERGE is our "drop everything"
service for when you need that immediate team attention.
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*Processing times are quoted in business days. Urgent services are processed as fast as Embassy/consulate will process, other services are slower. Contact us for details.
1 Day Passport
3 Day Passport
4-6 Day Passport
7-9 Day Passport
3-5 Weeks Passport
7-10 Weeks Passport
*Processing times are quoted in business days.
Due to submission times, the day received may not count as a processing day.
1-3 Day passport service requires urgent travel. Please contact us for details.
ItsEasy Passport Renewal & Photo App
Save time and money - download the ItsEasy Passport Renewal & Photo App
for your iPhones/iPad or Android now! Once you place your order, simply take your own picture
with your iphone and upload to our server. We'll check it, print it and
match it with your documents - for free!
Going the extra mile to make it Easy!
Why Choose ItsEasy?
Founded in 1976, ItsEasy Passport & Visa Services is a US Government
registered passport and visa expediting company which has processed over
2 million passport and visa applications.
We specialize in securing expedited US passports and business and
tourist visas for US citizens or non-US citizens legally residing in the
US. For emergency passport or visa services, please contact our office
24 hours a day at 1-866-ITS-EASY.
Document Pre-Check Service
During the order process you may be offered Document
Pre-Check service. While not required, this option provides you the
ability to scan and securely upload your application and supporting
documents through ItsEasy's secure portal for review prior to
submitting. Having documents reviewed in advance can greatly reduce
delays and additional shipping charges. Serviced within 4 business
hours. Additional fee per traveler of $45 for first service, $25 for
each additional service.
ItsEasy Passport & Visa is Registered with the U.S. State Department to be obtain Passports & Visas for customers located in the United States of America.
ItsEasy is not a government agency. We work with the U.S. State Department and Foreign Government Embassies and Consulates to obtain Passports &
Travel Visas on your behalf, saving you the time and effort (and being physically close to a consulate or embassy) to
obtain these travel documents yourself. We also provide advisement and professional review of your travel document applications to assure
the fastest possible processing.
When you have questions about Passports & Travel Visas - Ask ItsEasy!!
ItsEasy Passport & Visa Services was founded in 1976 in New York City;
since then, ItsEasy has processed over 2 million passport and visa applications for customers residing in the USA
ItsEasy specializes in securing expedited US passports and business and tourist visas for
US citizens or non-US citizens legally residing in the USA.
In case you want specialized 1-1 support for your Passport and Visa document needs,
you might consider our ItsEasy Concierge Service - our premium white-glove service.
Concierge Services provides you with a dedicated Concierge Team to manage the entire application process:
document preparation and review, Concierge Specialist 1-1 phone appointments,
included upgraded shipping, priority Passport and Visa submissions,
and more! All Concierge Service beginning within 4 business hours of your request.
(Additional premium Concierge Service fees apply above our regular service fees)
If you have an EMERGENCY situation,
you should consider our EMERGENCY CONCIERGE SERVICE: our "drop everything" Emergency Concierge Service for when you need that immediate, personalized,
and dedicated attention.
We also offer Economical Passport Renewal Processing, similar to the Post Office Passport Services, but we pre-review your applications to make sure they are correct, work with you to correct any mistakes, and we obtain your photo via our ItsEasy Passport Photo App, which saves you an extra trip to a pharmacy store to get your photo (which may not be good enough!)
ItsEasy Passport & Visa is a Registered Agent with the U.S.
State Department. That means that we can interface with the U.S.
Government on your behalf for obtaining a passport: we act as your
agent, allowing us to submit your passport
applications on your behalf. If there is a problem
with your passport application, we can interact with the U.S. Government
agencies on your behalf to resolve problems and obtain your passport,
usually without extra (significant) effort on your part. Like a tax
accountant, we help the processes go forward, pre-review your
applications to make sure they are correct before they are submitted,
and provide you with the piece of mind that you have professionals on
your side when requesting these important Government documents.
Expedited Passports are our speciality. Our Grand Central Station-based Passport Team are experts at getting these hand-delivered passports both in New York and in many other locations around the country using our nationwide team of processors and couriers. We also offer Concierge Services for those that wish to have 1-1 assistance from our awesome Concierge Team.
Based in Grand Central Station in the heart of New York City, with retail service centers in Boston, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Denver, and with additional passport and visa processing centers located in key cities, ItsEasy is one of the largest and most established names in the business. We provide easy to understand passport and visa overviews, instructions and forms, as well as technology including real time order tracking, on-line chat services, automated email updating, fully dynamic website feeding off the most up-to-date requirement changes, and the highest levels of digital security available. ItsEasy has a dedicated team of specialists ready to assist you via the industry's best primary and extended hours call center at: 1-866-ITS-EASY
Can you get an Expedited Passport on your own without a company like ItsEasy ? Post Offices do not do true Expedited Passports. Their "expedited" mail-in service is actually 2-4 weeks - and if there's a problem with your application, you can expect the delays to be considerable to resolve. If you have a trip coming up, this is definitely not the way to go! There are U.S. Government Passport Agencies located around the country. Perhaps you live near one (and perhaps you don't!). You can try to make an appointment at one of these Passport Agencies to get an expedited passport yourself - but without using ItsEasy, you face the same problem - has someone reviewed your application to make sure it is correct and ready for submission? As a Registered Agent, ItsEasy has direct access to the Passport Agencies to get your expedited passport without appointments and ... we almost forgot ... having to go yourself and wait in line!
For obtaining travel visas, ItsEasy has offices in New York and Washington, DC, key cities to obtain travel visas for just about every country you may plan to travel to. Similar to our Passport services, we review your Visa Applications to make sure they are correct before submissions (incorrect applications can cause significant delays in obtaining a visa), and we deliver your applications to the Embassies or Consulates to obtain the visas on your behalf, as your agent. We wait in line so you don't have to!