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Obtaining a Passport

First-Time Passports

Step 1: Start Early - Gather Documents

Apply for your passport several months before your trip. First-time applicants, minors, and applicants who may not renew by mail may submit their passport application at the Post Office. The U.S. State Department website explains what you'll need to bring with you.

  • Application forms (unsigned)

  • Proof of identity document and a photocopy of the front and back

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship document and a photocopy of the front and back

  • Passport fees - $110

Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package

Visit the U.S. Department of State website to learn how to apply for a passport and what documents you need.

  1. Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.

  2. Print your completed application. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. A Postal employee must witness your signature.

  3. Have a passport photo taken. NOTE: Many Post Offices with passport services can also take your photo. Call to confirm your Post Office takes photos.

  4. Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.

  5. Calculate your fees.

  • Post Offices accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for Post Office acceptance fees.

  • State Department fees are mailed with your application. You can pay with a personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's check, or money order, payable to "U.S. Department of State."

Step 3: Find a Post Office

Post Offices have set hours for passport services. Many require an appointment. Use the Find USPS Locations tool to find the nearest Post Office offering passport services.

  1. Go to Find USPS Locations.

  2. Select Passports from Location Types.

  3. Enter a ZIP Code™ or address.

  4. Select a mileage range.

  5. Click Refine search to select services such as walk-in, appointment, or photos.

  6. Click Search.

Find a Post Office with Passport Services

Need a Passport in a Hurry?

Leaving Within 2-3 Weeks

To get a new passport application processed within 2–3 weeks, submit your application at a passport acceptance Post Office and pay for expedited processing and overnight delivery.

  • Prepare your application package as listed in Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package.

  • Add the expedited processing fee of $60, payable to the U.S. Department of State, to your other fees.

  • USPS mails your application package to the State Department for processing. You can purchase Priority Mail Express® to expedite delivery. Cost varies by location.

  • Purchase overnight return delivery for $15.45, payable to the U.S. Department of State.

Leaving Within 2 Weeks or Less

NOTE: If you are traveling within 2 weeks or need a foreign visa within 30 days, you must apply at a Department of State passport agency. You can make an appointment online or call 1-877-487-2778 (1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY).

Get a Passport in a Hurry Priority Mail Express

Passport Fees

First-time passport applications haves two types of basic fees, the application acceptance fee and the application processing fee. Passport photos and fees for faster processing are extra.

Application Acceptance Fees – Postal Service

Pay acceptance fees in person at the Post Office. You may pay by check or money order, payable to "Postmaster," debit card, or credit card.

  • $25.00 - Post Office acceptance fee

  • $15.00 - Post Office photo fee (if needed)

Application Processing Fees – Department of State

State Department payment is sent with your application package. State Department fees are paid separately from USPS fees.

  • State Department Fees State Department passport fees vary. Calculate passport fees online.

  • State Department Payment Methods NOTE: You may not pay State Department fees with credit or debit cards. You may pay with:

  • Personal, certified, cashiers, or traveler's check, payable to "U.S. Department of State."

  • Money order payable to "U.S. Department of State." You may purchase a money order at the Post Office with a debit card.

Check Your Application Status

You can check your application processing status on the Department of State website 7-10 business days after you submitted your passport application at the Post Office.

U.S. Passport Application Status

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