The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens
about how to obtain, replace or change a passport.
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that
verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign
countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United
New Application for a U.S.
To obtain a passport for the first time, you need to go in person to one of 9,000 passport acceptance
facilities located throughout the United States with two photographs
of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of
photo identification such as a driver’s license.
Acceptance facilities include many Federal, state and probate
courts, post offices, some public libraries and a number of county and municipal offices. There are also 13 regional passport
agencies, and 1 Gateway City Agency, which serve customers who are traveling within 2 weeks (14 days), or who need
foreign visas for travel. Appointments are required in such cases.
You’ll need to apply in person if you are
applying for a U.S. passport for the first time: if your expired U.S. passport is not in your possession; if your
previous U.S. passport has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago; if your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were
under age 16; or if your currently valid U.S. passport has been lost or stolen.
For more information on getting
a new passport, please click How to get a passport.
Renewal of a U.S. Passport
You can renew by mail
if: Your most recent passport is available to submit and it is not damaged; you received the passport within the past 15 years;
you were over age 16 when it was issued; you still have the same name, or can legally document your name change.
can get a passport renewal application form by downloading it from this site.
If your passport has been, altered or
damaged, you cannot apply by mail. You must apply in person.
For more information on how to renew a passport, please
click: How to renew a passport.
March 8, 2005
Routine Services (Form DS-11)
Age 16 and older: The passport application fee is $67.
The execution fee is $30. The total is $97 .
Under Age 16: The passport application fee is $52. The
execution fee is $30. The total is $82 .
The passport application fee includes the $12.00 Security Surcharge, which became effective
March 8, 2005.
Methods of Payment -
At Our 14 Passport Agencies -
Both fees and the surcharge are combined into one payment to the ''U.S. Department
- Credit Cards – VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
- Debit/Check cards (not ATM cards)
- Checks (personal, certified, cashiers', travelers'),
money orders (U.S. Postal, international, currency exchange), bank drafts
Note: If abroad, U.S. Embassies and Consulates accept the foreign currency
equivalent, or a check drawn on a U.S. bank.
At our over 7,000 Passport Acceptance Facilities -
You pay the passport application fee and the security surcharge to the ''U.S. Department
of State'' and the execution fee to the facility where you are applying.
For Passport Application Fee:
- Personal checks, money orders, and bank drafts at all locations
- Exact cash at some locations (verify with the Acceptance
For Execution Fee:
- Money orders and bank drafts at all locations
- Personal checks and exact cash at some locations (verify with the
- Credit cards at U.S. Postal Facilities and some other locations
(verify with the Acceptance Facility)
Passport Renewal (Form DS-82)
You may use this form if your previous passport:
- Was issued when you were 16 or older.
- Was issued in the last 15 years.
- Is not damaged.
- Is submitted with your application.
The passport application fee is $67 .
Expedited Service - Add $60 for each application
For any service - e.g., first-time application, renewal, additional pages,
Additionally, to receive your passport as soon as possible, we strongly suggest that
you arrange overnight delivery service for:
- Sending your passport application
- Returning your passport to you.
On this site, you can input
your zip code and find the nearest Passport application offices to you.