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Applying for a Passport

Applying or renewing for a passport these are things you need. Also, fees turnaround time before getting it in the mail. Printing out a DS-11 form when applying will save on time. The type of ID documents that will be accepted when applying in person.

  • Birth Certificate
  • Consular report of birth Abroad or Certificate of birth(if you don’t have a birth certificate)
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

Photocopy picture must be

  • Must be Legible
  • On white 8.5”x11” standard paper
  • Single Sided
  • Black and white

Valid ID:

  • Driver’s License
  • In state, learners permit, non-drivers ID
  • Temporary Driver’s License
  • Temporary Government employee ID (city, county, state, federal)
  • Military Dependent ID
  • Valid or expired passport book or card (that is undamaged)
  • Valid foreign passport(must be valid)
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular ID)
  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • Trusted Traveler ID (Global entry, FAST, Sentri, & Nexus Card)

FEE: The fees for applying for your passport will vary based on the book, card, is being expedited or sent by regular mail.


  • Passport Book: $110
  • Passport Card: $30
  • Both:$140


  • Passport Book: $80
  • Passport Card:$15
  • Both: $ 95
  • Execution: $ 35
  • Expedite Fee: $60
  • 1-2 day fee: $15.89
  • File Search fee: $150

The file search fee if the applicant is unable to present evidence of US citizenship or verification of previously issued passport or Consular of birth abroad the applicant must submit Form DS-11 and a written request for file search.

Routine delivery: 6-8 weeks (by mail)

Expedited: 2-3 weeks (or soon with fee)

Expedited service at agency location maybe eight business days based on immediate life or death emergency if someone is traveling within two weeks.

Additional information:

Your passport book is valid for all international travel. But your passport card is valid only in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda if using passport card. Be sure to verify before you travel to any location.

You could renew your current or expired passport unless the passport were.

  • Issued before 16th birthday
  • Has been damaged, lose, or stolen
  • Issued 15 or more years ago
  • If you don’t have a legal document like a marriage license to prove legal name change.

Make sure that you go to the passport acceptance facilities in your area. The is an excellent tool to find facilities in the area. Also, keep in mind that if you choose a post office to file your passport. You may have to make an appointment.