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Initial Passport Requirements

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What documents do I need to get my U.S. Passport?

Proof of Citizenship:

  • A Certified, Government issued Birth Certificate
  • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • A Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship
  • A Previously Issued Passport

If none of these documents are available to you then secondary documentation may be provided:

  • Early Public Records (Hospital Birth Certificate or Early School Records)

Early Public Records must be accompanied by one of the following:

  • Birth Record
  • Birth Affidavit
  • Government issued letter stating no birth record can be found

Along with Proof of Citizenship, you will also need Proof of Identity using one of the following forms of ID:

  • Drivers License
  • Military ID card or current Government issued ID
  • Previous Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate

If the above forms are unavailable, you may need to submit several of the following Secondary Identification for Proof of Identity:

  • State ID card
  • Social Security Card
  • Employee ID
  • Credit Card

For applicants under the age of 16:

  • Must be accompanied by proof of identity for parents
  • Birth Certificate, Adoption Decree, or Court Order proving relationship between child and parents
  • If both parents are not present, proof of sole guardianship or a notarized statement from the absent parent granting permission for a passport to be issued must be submitted

The above requirements are for initial passports, minors, passports expired over 5 years, or if your passport was lost, stolen or mutilated. If you are needing to simply renew your Passport, visit our Passport Renewal Requirements page. To view the packages that we offer for this service, please view our Initial Passport Packages page. Check out our Passports Homepage for more information regarding Passports and Passport Renewals.

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