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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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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”).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

Related Passport Information Pages

Renew Passport, Rush Passport Service, New Passport, Help Fast Passport, Passport Renewal Photos, Child Passport
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