- How to Apply for a Passport
- What Form Should I use?
- Renew my Passport by Mail
- Apply in Person
- Children Under 16
- Applicants Age 16 and 17
- Passport Card
- Change or Correct a Passport
- Replace a Limited Validity Passport
- Change of Sex Marker
- Apply Outside the United States
- Get a Passport in a Hurry
- Life-or-Death Emergencies
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Passport Videos
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
|DS-11 (Must Appear In Person)||Applying for the first time Children under 16 Applicants 16-17 Anyone not eligible for Form DS-82|
|DS-82 (Mail In)||Renewing an adult’s passportU.S. citizens living in Canada whoare eligible to renew by mail. In other countries, U.S. citizens must go to the U.S. embassy or consulate to renew in person.|
|DS-5504||Changing a name within a year of your passport being issuedCorrecting a passport errorReplacing a limited-validity. passport within two years|
2. Collect your supporting documents
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.
Not sure what form to use? Visit our Passport Wizard.