passport procedure and requirements in greater details
On how to:
- Prove your identity
- Prove your citizenship
- Take your passport photos
- Pay the application fee
- Provide your Social Security Number
Prove your identity
To prove your identity for your passport application you can use:
- Your driver's license
- Your government ID
- Your military ID
- Your naturalization certificate
The document must be valid and in good condition.
If you do not have any of these documents available, you will need to file a set of signed documents (ex: a combination of documents, such as your Social Security card, credit card, bank card, library card, etc.). Also, you must ask an American citizen or permanent resident with a valid ID to vouch for you. This person must also fill out a DS-71 form before the representative of the passport agency. You must know this person for at least 2 years.
Prove your citizenship
To prove your citizenship for your passport application you can use:
- a certified copy of your birth certificate
NOTE: A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar's signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note that some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes.
- a consular report of birth abroad
- a certificate of naturalization
- a certificate of citizenship
provided that this document:
- was issued by the respective authority
- bears the respective seal, registrar's signature and other legal requirements
- records your birth within your first year of age; or,
- if it does not record your birth within your first year of age (delayed birth certificate); but
- lists the documentation that was used to create; and,
- the signature of the attending physician or midwife,
- an affidavit signed by your parents; or
- early public records.
If you do not have any of the above-mentioned documents available, or if your document does not meet these requirements, you can still prove your citizenship for your US passport application. Click to read more passport information.
Your passport photos
For your US passport application you must use:
- 2 x 2 inches size, color, identical passport photos
- taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- not more than six months old
- showing a front view of your current appearance
- between 1 and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
- wearing casual clothes
- wearing no hats, no dark sunglasses, no colored-contact lenses, no head gears covering your hair or hairline and no uniforms, except for your daily religious attire (if applicable)
- showing your normal prescription glasses, hearing device or other (if applicable)
If you choose to submit digitized photos, they must meet the same requirements.
Pay the application fee
For an adult, the passport application fee is $67 and the execution fee is $30. For a minor, the application fee is $52 and the execution fee remains unchanged. Both amounts include a $12.00 Security Surcharge. Both fees and the surcharge ($97 or $82) are combined into one payment to the "U.S. Department of State".
To pay the passport services, you can use either a credit/debit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), checks (personal, certified, cashiers', travelers'), money orders (US Postal, international, currency exchange) or a bank draft. The payment can be made in any of the government's passport agencies or acceptance facility.
For Passport Application Fee:
- Personal checks, money orders, and bank drafts at all locations
- Exact cash at some locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility)
For Execution Fee:
- Money orders and bank drafts at all locations
- Personal checks and exact cash at some locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility)
- Credit cards at U.S. Postal Facilities and some other locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility)
If you are requesting an Expedited Service, please add $60 per application.
Funds are not refundable.
Provide your Social Security Number
Providing your Social Security Number (SSN) is mandatory for these procedures. A $500 penalty may be imposed to you if you do not comply. Please, call your nearest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office for further information.