If you’re traveling overseas, you need a passport and possibly a visa. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and get your passport in hand so you’re not frantically stressing to get it at the last minute. Plus, it’s good to have it ready in case you run across a last-minute travel deal that you want to jump on. Passports are good for ten years, at which time you need to renew it.
Unless indicated, passport information is from the U.S. Department of State and is in the public domain.
We should note that there are quite a few important details and restrictions related to passport application. Before applying for a passport, we recommend that you read through the US Department of State information. We provide basic information below.
Steps for First-Time Passport Applicants:
2. Submit Completed Form DS-11 In Person
3. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
4. Present Identification
5. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented (Step 4)
6. Pay the Applicable Fee
7. Provide One Passport Photo
- You are applying for your first U.S. passport
- You are under age 16
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
- Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
- Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change
Processing Options (as of 1/12/2015)
|Expedited at Agency||8 Business Days|
We still like to leave plenty of time for processing when ordering passports – just in case. Also, if you are under 16 years of age, you will need to apply in person.
You may also pay an extra $12.85 for overnight shipping or an extra $60 for expedited service. You can view a list of all the fees.
If you are applying for a passport in person, the passport accepting location may have a photo service available. You can find your nearest passport accepting location that has a photo service. You can also look up detailed photo requirements for passports.
Here are a few other places that take passport photos (may not be available at all locations):
- CVS Pharmacy
- FedEx Kinkos
- Rite Aid
- Many college campuses also have a location that provides passport photos. If you are a student or instructor, check with your university.
Kinda recently got her passport photo taken at Walgreens. They pulled down a screen in the middle of the aisle and she posed for a pic in the middle of the store!