How to Apply for a Passport
Need an overview of how to apply for a passport? Start here!
Getting a Passport
1. Fill out your form
Form Used For DS-82
- Renewing an adult's passport
2. Collect your supporting documents
- Citizenship evidence
- Proof of relationship (for children under 16)
The specific documents you need depend on what form you're using.
3. Get your photo
You need one 2" by 2" color passport photo. See Passport Photos for requirements and photo examples.
4. Calculate your fees
Passport fees depend on a number of factors. See Passport Fees to find your fees and methods of payment.
Form How do you submit? DS-11 In person at an acceptance facility or a passport agency* DS-82 and DS-5504 By mail or in person at a passport agency*
*You can only apply in person at a passport agency if you have urgent travel. For more information, see Where to Apply.
Not sure what form to use? Visit our Passport Wizard.
Special Acceptance Events
Find a Special Passport Acceptance Event near you!
We're holding special acceptance events all across the United States this fall to help you get your passport more easily.
Most events are for first-time and children applicants, (who use Form DS-11). If you can use Form DS-82, you can renew by mail at your convenience!
DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport
DS-82 Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail (Renewals Only)
DS-5504 Application for a U.S. Passport- Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Replacement
Routine 4-6 Weeks
Expedited 2-3 Weeks