If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”
If you cannot submit one of the above acceptable documents, or for more information, please see Citizenship Evidence.
3. Bring a Photocopy of U.S. Citizenship Evidence
Submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of the U.S. citizenship evidence you’re submitting.
Photocopies must be:
On white 8.5”x11” standard paper
Black and white
If you don't want to submit a photocopy of your citizenship evidence, you may submit a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, which we will keep. If you don’t submit a photocopy or a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, your passport processing could be delayed.
4. Show Parental Awareness
If you have your own current identification document (ID), you may apply for a passport. You must show at least one parent or guardian knows that you are applying for a passport. Your passport application may be denied if we have received written objection from one of your parents or legal guardians. For more information, please see Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program.
How to Show Parental Awareness:
A parent or legal guardian appearing with you in person when you apply for your passport. The agent or employee accepting the application will ask your parent or legal guardian to sign Form DS-11.
A signed, notarized statement consenting to issuance of a passport from at least one parent or legal guardian (should be accompanied by a photocopy of that parent or guardian's ID).
5. Present ID
You (or your parent/guardian) must present one of the following IDs to the acceptance agent.
In-state, fully-valid driver's license
Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship (if the photo is still looks like you)
Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
U.S. military ID or military dependent ID
Valid foreign passport
Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular Identification, commonly used by the parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant)
If you cannot present one of the IDs above, or for more information, please see Identification.
If you present out-of-state identification, you must present an additional ID.
6. Bring a Photocopy of ID
Submit a photocopy of the front and back of each ID that you present when you apply.
Photocopy must be on white, 8.5 x 11" standard paper.
Photocopy cannot be double-sided.
Do not decrease the image size (although you may enlarge it).
7. Provide a Photo
You must provide one photo with your application. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all photo requirements.
You cannot mail in Form DS-11. Additionally, the Department of State does not have the option to submit your passport application online.
When can a 16-17 year old use Form DS-82?
You may use Form DS-82 to renew your passport if you have already had a full-validity (10 year) passport issued to you when you were 16 or older. Please see Renew a Passport by Mail to see if you are eligible to apply using Form DS-82.
Do I have to make an appointment to apply at an acceptance facility?
Some acceptance facilities require appointments and others do not. We recommend calling the acceptance facility ahead of time to verify their hours, acceptable forms of payment, and appointment requirements. Find your acceptance facility.
How will my passport book and/or card be mailed back to me?
Newly-issued passport books are delivered using Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, unless you pay for Priority Express return service at time of application.
All passport cards will be mailed using First Class Mail. Passport cards cannot be delivered using Priority Express.
Your citizenship evidence will be mailed back separately from your new passport.
It states on my U.S. birth certificate that is it illegal to make a copy. What should I do?
If you choose not to submit a photocopy, you may submit a second certified copy of your birth certificate. We will keep this second certified copy for our records.
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