Locate a passport agency. This can be done by going to travel.state.gov/passport. You must apply in person if this is the first time that you’re getting a passport.
Review and complete the application form, called a DS-11. You will be asked to swear under oath that the information that you have written is the truth. Do not sign it until the official at the passport agency authorizes you to do so.
Present proof of identification. This must be submitted with the application. You must provide at least one of the following documents--a previously issued passport, current government identification, current military identification, valid driver’s license or a naturalization certificate.
Present proof of citizenship. This must be presented with your application for it to be valid. One of the following documents has to be provided to prove citizenship: certificate of citizenship, previously issued passport, naturalization certificate, certified birth certificate, or a consular report of birth abroad.
Make photocopies of the proof of identification and the proof of citizenship documents that you are submitting with your application. These copies must be made on plain white paper that is 8.5 x 11 inches. This copy must also show the front and back of each piece of identification.
Provide two identical color photos that have been taken within the last six months. The photographs must be 2 inches x 2 inches. The pictures must show the front view of your face with a white or an off-white background.
Submit your application with the necessary identification and photos. Pay the administrative fees.
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