Passport application information
How to apply for a U.S. Passport
U.S. passports are issued only to U.S. citizens or
nationals. Each person must obtain his or her own passport.
If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to fill out form DS-11 Application for a New Passport, and sign your application in person at an official passport acceptance facility (many post offices provide this service). If an application is being submitted for a minor (under the age of 16), the child AND both parents must be present to sign the application. If one of the parents cannot appear in person, a notarized consent form must be filled out by that parent and submitted with the application. Each application must be accompanied by:
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Proof of identity
Two identical passport-type photographs
Proof of international departure within 21 days of application date (if applying for expedited services through Red Star Travel)
An authorization letter for Red Star Travel to process your application
Fees (as explained below)
If you have had a previous passport, inquire about
eligibility to use Form DS-82 (mail in application).
If you need assistance with applying for passport amendment, extension of
validity, or additional visa pages, please contact Red Star Travel for instructions. Check visa requirements with consular officials of countries to be visited well in
advance of your departure.
1. PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP
(a) Applicants born in the United States. Submit previous
U.S. passport or certified birth certificate. A birth certificate must include your given
name and surname, date and place of birth, date the birth record was filed, and seal or
other certification of the official custodian of such records. A record filed more than 1
year after the birth is acceptable if it is supported by evidence described in the next
IF NO BIRTH RECORD EXISTS, submit registrar's notice to
that effect. Also submit an early baptismal circumcision certificate, hospital birth
record, early census, school, or family Bible records, newspaper or insurance files, or
notarized affidavits of persons having knowledge of your birth (preferable with at least
one record listed above). Evidence should include your given name and surname, date and
place of birth, and seal or other certification of office (if customary) and signature of
(b) Applicants born outside the United States. Submit
previous U.S. passport or Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of Citizenship, or
a Report of Birth Abroad, or evidence described below. If you claim citizenship through
naturalization of parents(s), submit the Certificate(s) of Naturalization of your
parent(s), your foreign birth certificate, and proof of your admission to the United
States for permanent residence.
IF YOU CLAIM CITIZENSHIP THROUGH BIRTH ABROAD TO U.S.
CITIZEN PARENT(S), submit a Consular Report of Birth (Form FS-240) or Certification of
Birth (Form DS-1350 or FS-545), or your foreign birth certificate, parents marriage
certificate, proof of citizenship of your parent(s), and affidavit of U. S. citizen
parent(s) showing all periods and places of residence/physical presence in the United
States and abroad before your birth.
2. PROOF OF IDENTITY
If you are not personally known to the acceptance agent,
you must establish your identity to the agent's satisfaction. You may submit items such as
the following containing your signature AND physical description or photograph that is a
good likeness of you: previous U.S. passport; Certificate of Naturalization or of
Citizenship; driver's license (not temporary or learners license); or government (Federal,
State, municipal) identification card or pass. Temporary or altered documents are not
IF YOU CANNOT PROVE YOUR IDENTITY as stated above, you must
appear with an IDENTIFYING WITNESS who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who
has known you for at least 2 years. Your witness must prove his or her identity and
complete and sign an Affidavit of Identifling Witness (Form DSP-71) before the acceptance
agent. You must also submit some identification of your own.
3. TWO PHOTOGRAPHS
Submit two identical photographs of you alone, sufficiently
recent to be a good likeness (normally taken within the last 6 months), 2x2 inches in
size, with an image size from bottom of chin to top of head (including hair) of between 1
and 1 3/8 inches. Photographs must be clear, front view, full face, taken in normal street
attire without a hat or dark glasses, and printed on thin paper with a plain light (white
or offwhite) background. They may be black and white or color. They must be capable of
withstanding a mounting temperature of 225 Fahrenheit (107 Celsius). Photographs retouched
so that your appearance is changed are unacceptable. Snapshots, most vending machine
prints, and magazine or full-length photographs are unacceptable.
Submit $135 by check or money order payable to the US Department of State for expedited passport processing. In addition, a fee of $25 is charged by the passport acceptance facility for the execution of application. Red Star Travel's fee for submitting your application and representing you at the Passport Agency is $95 for 3 to 5 business day service or $150 for 1-day service. Your
passport will be valid for 10 years from the date of issue except where limited by the
Secretary of State to a shorter period. Passports issued to minors are valid for 5 years from
the date of issue, except where limited as above.
To have your new passport shipped back to you by FedEx overnight, please add $25 to the above fees or include a prepaid self-addressed envelope.
Information provided herein is subject to change without prior notice - please verify the requirements and current fees by calling or emailing Red Star Travel prior to submitting your documents.