How to Apply or Renew for an US Passport, Application, Fees, Eligibility

Applying for an US Passport the First Eligibility is the Person should be an Us Citizen. There is Passport Book and Passport Card which can be used for different Purposes. Passport Card cannot be used for International Travel by Air.

Passport Card can be used to enter United States through Land Border or Sea port of Entry from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda etc. 
Fresh Passport Application and Renewal details, Passport Photo requirements, Fees Calculator etc will be available in the website https://travel.state.gov

How to Apply for an US Passport?

A Passport Book or Passport Card or both can be Applied by going in Person to Present the Application.

If you are Applying for the Passport inside the United States 

Normally a Passport will be delivered within 4 to 6 weeks once applied through Mail or by in Person. 

If you need the Passport within 2 weeks or Less you have to pay expedited service (USD 60 plus delivery charges in any) and have to show the proof of International Travel like Airline Ticket.

You have to call the National Passport Information Center and make an appointment at a passport agency and Submit your request in person at the Passport Agency.

Automated appointment system available by calling 18 77 48 72 77 8 or TDD / TTY: 1 88 88 74 77 93 hours a day.

Check Status of Passport Application.

If you had applied for the Passport you can check the Status online though by visiting https://travel.state.gov website within 7 to 10 days after applying.

Apply for a Passport from Outside the United States

If you are outside the USA you can visit US Embassy or Consulate in the Country you are in for Information and Application Form.

Required Items for Applying US Passport

Download the Application Form and Fill it by hand or Fill the Application Online in the Passport Application Wizard and take a printout of it. Do not sign on the Form. Sign on the Form once you are instructed to do so by the designated official in the Passport Acceptance Facility.

Personal Documents

Bring the below documents along with the Unsigned and Filled Application Form 
  • An original proof of citizenship document
  • An acceptable photo ID document
  • A photocopy of the front and back of the photo ID document
Passport Photo

One color photo needed with White Background which is printed in matte or glossy photo quality paper with size 2x2 inches (Head is between 25 and 35 mm from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. ) which is taken within last 6 Months. 

Face should be facing directly to the camera with natural smile with eyes open.


Adult First-Time Applicants (16 and Older)

Passport Book
  • Application Fee: USD 110
  • Execution Fee: USD 25
Passport Card
  • Application Fee: USD 30
  • Execution Fee: USD 25
Passport Book and Card
  • Application Fee: USD 140
  • Execution Fee: USD 25
For complete Passport Fees details of Fees Calculator visit the website. 

How to Renew a Passport?

You can Apply for Renewing your Passport through Mail if you satisfy below conditions
  • You current Passport is undamaged and can be submitted with your Application
  • Current Passport was issued when your age 16 or older
  • Passport was issued within last 15 years
  • Passport was issued in your current name or you had a legal document like original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or the government issued document if you Name is changed
If any one of the above condition is true in your case you have to fill the form DS-11 and apply for Renewal in Person by visiting the Passport Acceptance Facility. 
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