Apply for a Passport Book

A passport book lasts for 10 years and will allow you to travel anywhere in the world, which means that you can travel out of the country as often as you like for 10 years before you would have to renew your passport. You can apply for a passport book at many Post Office locations. At some locations, they’ll even take your passport photos for an additional fee. Use the online PO Locator’s tool to find a nearby Post Office that accepts passport applications at or call 1(800) 275-8777. The normal processing time is 4-6 weeks. However, for those needing expedited services, a passport book can be received in 3 weeks for an additional fee of $ 60.00 per passport.

For new passport applications, you should bring the following:

1. Your Completed Application

You can complete it online through the State Department’s web site, or print and complete it by hand. New applicants, renewals, name changes or corrections, and lost or stolen passports each require a different application.

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2. Two Types of Identification, with Copies of Each

You’ll need one proving U.S. citizenship…

Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state
Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Birth Certificate
Naturalization Certificate
Certificate of Citizenship

… and one current I.D.

Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
Naturalization Certificate
Valid driver’s license
Current Government ID (city, state, or federal)
Current Military ID (military and dependents)

3. One Passport Photo

Your photo should be in color and taken within the past 6 months. It should be 2″ x 2″ with a full-face, front view (head should measure between 1″ and 1 3/8″), and a plain white or off-white background. For an additional fee, some Post Offices can take your photo for you.

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4. Payment for Applicable Fees

As of 6/27/12, the following passport book fees applied:
Ages 16 and older – $135.00
Ages 15 and younger – $105.00

For current passport book prices and fees, visit the Department of State web site at or call the National Passport Information Center at 1(877) 487-2778.

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