USPS Passport Requirements

By Charlie Sim
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Applying for a passport through the United States Postal Service requires proper documentation, the correct application form and payment. The link to the U.S. Department of State in the Resources section takes you to the website application wizard to determine which form you need, your estimated payment and printed application.

Application Form

You will need the passport application form, available at a post office that services passports, or downloaded online and printed. If printing the form, it must be single-sided, clear and not blurry, printed with black ink, and on standard 8.5 by 11-inch white paper with no holes, and the photograph area on the application is 2 by 2 inches.

Fees

Fees depend on the passport service required and the applicant's age. Fees can range from $35 to $120. There is a complete list of charges and payment methods at usps.com/passport.

Payment Methods

The USPS accepts a range of payment methods including cash, cashier's checks, money orders, personal checks, credit cards and debit cards. They can even accept Canadian money orders and foreign money orders.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship

To obtain a passport at a post office you will need to prove you are a U.S. citizen by providing a previously issued U.S. passport, birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, certification of birth if born abroad, or certificate of naturalization or citizenship.

Identification

You will need to present official identification, which can include a previously issued U.S. passport, certification of naturalization, a valid driver's license, a government ID or military ID.

Photocopy of ID

You also need to supply a photocopy of the ID on a standard 8.5 by 11-inch paper showing the front and back of the identification.

Two Photos

Two identical 2 by 2-inch color photographs of you in normal attire are required. They must have a plain white background and be less than six months old. The photos must show your face clearly without obstruction.

About the Author

Charlie Sim is a professional writer with experience in corporate copywriting and business proposal writing for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as technical writing in XML for the U.S. government. He has also been published on Trails.com and eHow. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

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