Passport Facts, Answers, and Questions.
Make sure you are aware of the following, and bring the items listed below:
You can find up to date fees, requirements, and other information at the State Departments Travel Site
Apply In Person
You must apply in person if any of the following are true. If you replied no to all, renew by mail.
- This is your First passport
- Applying with children under 16
- Previous U.S. passport issued under age 16
- Previous U.S. passport lost, stolen, or damaged.
- Previous U.S. passport issued more than 15 years ago.
- For Post Offices that require an appointment, you can schedule online at the official USPS site at tools.usps.com/go/pages/schedule-appointment - *Not available at all locations.
- Find other government acceptance locations at the Acceptance Facility Search Page
- Try to arrive 10 minutes early at the passport processing area, or your appointment may be cancelled if late.
- Review all photo, fee, ID, and form requirements before your appointment.
Renew by Mail
- You can renew by mail if all of the following are true of your Previous U.S. passport.
- You can submit current U.S. passport with application.
- Issued at age 16 or older.
- Never reported lost or stolen, with normal wear and tear.
- Issued within last 15 years.
- Was valid for normal 10 year period.
- Same name, or you can provide additional documentiton as proof of name change.
- Renew your passport at the State Departments Passport Renewal site.
- Use a trackable shipping method like Priority Mail®
- For updating a current passport visit Change or Correct passport page.
- How long will it take? - Passports generally take anywhere from 2-13 weeks to be received.
- When can I renew? - US Passport renewal can be done in person, or by mail if within 15 yrs of previous.
- Can I get my passport faster? - You can pay extra for expedited services if needed. Quicker shipping options are also available.
- Do minors/kids need an adult present? - If you are under 18, one or both parents or guardians must be there in person depending on the child's age.
- Children and teens up to 15 years old must be accompanied by both parents/guardians, or have proof of sole custody.
- Teenagers age 16-17 must have at least one legal parent/guardian present.
What do I need to bring?
- What types of ID are needed? - make sure you have two forms of Identification with copies of each.
- One of the IDs should prove US Citizenship, such as a Certified Birth Certificate, previous Passport, Naturalization Certificate, or Certificate of Citizenship.
- The second ID must be current and valid, such as a Driver's License, Government or Military ID, Naturalization Certificate, or previously issued Passport.
- What forms are needed? - You should have the appropriate passport application form printed and filled out.
- The different forms can be found on the Application Forms page.
- Do I need a photo? - You will need a photo meeting all requirements if the Passport Office does not list available Photo Hours.
- Most stores offering photo taking provide these services, such as Walgreens or Wal-Mart.
- How much does it cost, and what payments are accepted? - You will be required to pay an Application fee to apply for or renew passport.
- Check (personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's) or money order payable to "U.S. Department of State". Credit and debit cards are not accepted.
- You can find up to date fees on the Passport Fees page.
- In addition to the Application Fee, in person applications will have an additional Acceptance Fee ($35).