When processing your U.S. Passport through traditional channels (which is through the mail) it can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks to receive your passport and if you do not receive it within that time frame you will have 90 days from the date of issuance by the department to report that you didn’t receive it in the mail. If you do not report non-receipt of your passport within the 90 days you will be required to reapply and submit the full passport fee. U.S. Certified Passports Online eliminates the need for you to worry about the above circumstances.
The cost of your U.S. passport will depend on the type of passport you request and how quickly you need it. See our Passport Fees and Services for more information on the cost of a U.S. passport book or U.S. passport card.
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Processing times can vary depending on workload and occasional unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. During busier times, such as the summer travel season, we encourage customers to expedite their applications if traveling in less than 10 weeks. See Application Processing Times for more information.
Passport Services recommends that the following U.S. citizens maintain valid U.S. passports. Those:
Form instructions can be found on each form or on the following links to access the Form pages:
Some countries require your passport to have at least two (2) to four (4) blank visa/stamp pages. Additionally, some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement in not met.
Yes, your old passport is returned to you. Although it’s now cancelled it may be a good idea for you to keep it in a safe place as it is still considered proof of your U.S. citizenship.
You will need to complete Form DS-5504: Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement, within one year of the issuance date of your current valid passport and submit along with the following:
If your passport has been significantly damaged, especially the book cover or the page displaying your personal data and photo, you will need to apply for a new passport. Water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing visa pages (torn out), a hole punch and other injuries to the passport book may constitute "damage" requiring the use of Form DS-11. You will need to present the following in person.
The Department of State has developed a Passport Card also referred to as the PASS card as a more portable and less expensive alternative to the traditional passport book. The passport card is a basic component of the PASS (People Access Security Service) system announced by Secretaries Rice and Chertoff in January 2006, and will meet the specific requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) to secure and expedite travel. WHTI is the Administration's plan to implement a provision of the Intelligence Reform Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which requires citizens of the United States, Canada, and Bermuda to have a passport or other designated document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. According to the Department of Homeland Security, other documents such as registered traveler cards (NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST cards) will be acceptable under WHTI.
The passport card is designed for the specific needs of border resident communities. It is not a globally facilitated travel document as is the traditional passport book. The passport book is the appropriate travel document for most international travel.
Because the wallet-sized Passport Card does not offer as many opportunities to embed security features as a passport book, the Department has decided to use laser engraving and will include state-of-the-art security features to help act as a deterrent against the possibility of counterfeiting and forgery. The U.S. Government is taking every precaution to ensure that the Passport Card is as secure as current technology permits. There will be no personal information written to the RFID chip.
In the space provided for the signature, the mother or father must print the child's name and sign their own name. Then, in parenthesis by the parent's name, write the word (mother) or (father) so the U.S. Passport Agency is made aware as to who signed for the child.
Effective February 1, 2008, Public Law 106-113, Section 236 requires that U.S. passport applications for children under the age of 16 require both parents' or legal guardians' consent. Please read our Requirement section and our Child Passport Checklist for additional information on the Two-Parent Consent Requirement.
Separate from the Two-Parent Consent requirement for U.S. passport issuance for minors under the age of 14, parents may also request that their children's names be entered in the U.S. passport name-check system. The Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program provides:
Contact the Vital Statistics office in the state where you were born.
If you were born in the U.S. and there is no birth record on file, you will need several different documents to substantiate your citizenship. You will need:
If you were born outside the U.S. and your U.S. parent(s) did not register your birth at the U.S. embassy or consulate, you may apply for a U.S. passport. However you will need:
For information on how to obtain copies of your passport records see Obtain Copies of Passport Records.
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