Apply for your First Adult Passport

Watch this video to learn how to apply:

Step One


Confirm you meet the requirements

Apply in person if you respond "Yes" to at least one of the following statements:

  • I am applying for my first U.S. passport.
  • I am applying with my child who is under age 16.
  • My most recent U.S. passport was issued when I was under age 16.
  • My most recent U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged.
  • My most recent U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago.

If none of the above statements apply to you, go to our Renew by Mail page.


Step Two


Fill out your form and print it

Use our Form Filler tool on a desktop or laptop computer. Fill out your form online and then print it. If you are experiencing technical issues with the Form Filler, download a PDF

Fill Out Form DS-11 Online

Tips to complete your form:

  • Complete all parts of the form. Do not sign your form until asked to do so by a passport acceptance agent or employee. 
  • Print your form on single-sided paper. We do not accept double-sided forms.
  • Check the information you entered if you did not get the form you expected to receive on our form filler. 
  • You can apply for a passport book, a passport card, or both documents using the same form.
  • You may request a larger passport book with more visa pages, at no extra cost, by checking the 'large book' box at the top of the DS-11.

Step Three


Get evidence of U.S. citizenship (and a photocopy)

Your evidence must be an original or replacement copy. The document must have the official seal or stamp of the office which issued it. You must submit one of the following documents:

  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements: 
    • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
    • Lists your full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Lists your parent(s)' full names
    • Has the date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Has the registrar's signature
    • Has the seal or stamp from the city, county, or state which issued it
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Naturalization 
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Full validity, undamaged U.S. passport 
    • Full validity means the document is or was valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children under 16. 

If you cannot submit one of these documents, go to our Citizenship Evidence page for more information.

Tips for making a photocopy:

  • Black and white (no color)
  • Use 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper
  • Use a single side of the paper

If you do not submit a photocopy, you must submit a second copy of your citizenship evidence. We will keep this copy for our records.

Returning your document: We will return your citizenship document up to 8 weeks after you receive your passport.

Sample U.S. Birth Certificate
An image of sample features of a U.S. birth certificate

Step Four


Get a photo ID (and a photocopy)

Bring a physical, photo ID and a photocopy of it. If your photo ID is from a different state than the state in which you are applying, bring a second photo ID. 

You must show at least one of these photo IDs:

  • Valid or expired, undamaged U.S. passport book or passport card 
  • In-state, fully valid driver's license or enhanced driver's license with photo
  • Certificate of Naturalization 
  • Certificate of Citizenship 
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state, or federal)
  • U.S. military or military dependent ID
  • Current (valid) foreign passport
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular ID) used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • Trusted Traveler IDs (including valid Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS cards)
  • Enhanced Tribal Cards and Native American tribal photo IDs
  • Note: you may need to show another ID when presenting one of these three documents: 
    • In-state, fully-valid learner's permit with photo
    • In-state, fully-valid non-driver ID with photo
    • Temporary driver's license with photo

If you do not have one of these photo IDs, go to our Identification page for more information.

Tips for making a photocopy:

  • Black and white (no color)
  • Use 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper
  • Use a single side of the paper

Step Five


Determine special circumstances

You may need to provide more information and documents if:

Step Six


Provide a photo

You must provide one photo with your application. Go to our Passport Photo page for photo requirements and to see examples of photos. 

  • Do not attach or staple your photo to the form. The acceptance agent or passport employee will review the photo and staple it to your form.
  • You can get a photo at:
    • Some passport acceptance facilities
    • A company which offers photo services
    • Home. Ask a friend or family member to take your photo. Print it on glossy or matte photo quality paper. 

Step Seven


Calculate fees

When applying using Form DS-11, you will pay two separate fees - an application fee and an execution (acceptance) fee. You will pay the application fee to the U.S. Department of State, and the execution (acceptance) fee to the facility which takes your application. 

  • Add $60 to your application fee if you want expedited service.
  • Add $21.36 to your application fee if you want us to ship your completed passport in 1-2 days after we issue it.  

Adult Applicants (Age 16 and older):

Product Form Application Fee Execution (Acceptance) Fee
Passport Book DS-11 $130 $35
Passport Card DS-11 $30 $35
Passport Book & Card DS-11 $160 $35

For more information on how to pay and a full list of fees, go to our Passport Fees page.

How to fill out your check for the application fee: 

An image of a sample check to pay your passport application fees
This image shows a sample check which you use to pay your application fees.

Step Eight


Find a location to apply

In the United States:

  • Traveling in more than 3 weeks? Go to a passport acceptance facility such as a post office, library, or local government office. Check with the facility to see if you need to make an appointment. 
  • Traveling in less than 3 weeks? Make an appointment to apply at a passport agency or center.

In another country:

Step Nine


Track your status

You can enroll in email updates about your application status, and learn more about each status update.

It may take 2 weeks from the day you apply until your application status is “In Process.” 


Frequently Asked Questions

How will you send my passport and supporting documents?

You will get multiple mailings. The number of mailings depends on what document(s) you asked for.

Passport Book: You may get your new passport and citizenship documents in two mailings. You may wait 8 weeks after getting your passport before you get a second mailing with your citizenship documents. We will return the passport book using a trackable delivery service.

Passport Card: You may get your new passport card and your citizenship documents in two mailings. You may wait 8 weeks after getting your passport before you get a second mailing with your citizenship documents. We only send the passport card via First Class Mail. We do not send cards using 1-2 day delivery services.

Both a Passport Book and Card: You may get three separate mailings:

  1. New passport book
  2. New passport card
  3. Citizenship documents

Contacting Us: If you have been waiting more than 8 weeks for your documents, call us at 1-877-487-2778 to report that you have not received your documents. 

If you want us to reimburse you for a lost supporting document, you must contact us within 90 days of the date which we mailed your passport. You will also need to provide a receipt to show the cost of replacing the document. 


Can I pay for faster delivery and return shipping?

Yes. You may choose one or both of the following shipment options:

  • Delivering application to us: Pay for Priority Mail Express for faster shipping. The price for this service varies depending on the area of the country.
  • Returning the passport to you: Pay $21.36 for 1-2 day delivery. This means you will receive your passport 1-2 days after we send it. Include this fee with your check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State. Do not submit a return envelope to us with postage pre-paid. 

You may receive your passport and supporting documents in separate mailings. If you are renewing a passport card, we will send it to you via First Class Mail. We do not use 1-2 day delivery services if you only applied for a passport card.

Last Updated: June 24, 2024