You will need a fair amount of information and documentation before applying for your passport. Any missing item will all but guarantee your DS-11 application will not be processed.
Be sure to bring the following:
You may qualify for a life-or-death emergency appointment if you need to travel internationally in three (3) business days due to an immediate family member outside of the United States whom:
Currently, the travel.state.gov online booking system for Urgent Travel Service has been disabled to ensure our very limited appointments go to applicants who truly need them for urgent travel, such as a Life-or-Death Emergency.
This passport office offers on-site passport photos. You must provide one photo with your passport application. Fees vary from office to office.
A U.S. passport card costs $30 for an adult and $15 for a child.
A U.S. passport card is an optional form of photo identification that fits inside a standard wallet. A passport card can be obtained alongside a passport book and is sufficient identification for domestic air flights, as well as land and sea travel within North America.
NOTE: A U.S. passport card cannot be used as identification for international air travel. For that, you must use a U.S. passport book.
A new or replacement adult passport is $165 with standard processing. Renewals or a second duplicate passport cost $130. Child (minor) passports cost $135.
Standard processing is 8 to 11 weeks from the moment the application is processed at your local office or passport agency.
The Department of State charges a flat $60 passport fee to speed up processing times. This “expedite fee” is paid in addition to any passport application fees.
If attempting to obtain a 72-hour turnaround on a passport, be prepared with the following:
These in-person, last-minute appointments must take place within 72 hours of the travel date but are able to be reserved up to two weeks in advance.
For children under 16 years of age at the time of issuance, a passport is only valid for five years. For adults, both passport books and the newer passport cards need to be renewed every ten years. In either case, don’t wait until the last minute to renew. It’s best to apply for renewal early, considering both:
In terms of planned usage, you’ll need to ensure your passport is renewed if you plan to: