How to Get Your First U.S. Passport the Easiest Way
Shipping Centers. Both FedEx and UPS offer passport photo services. …
Memberships. The 1-Hour Photo Lab at Costco offers passport photo service. …
Pharmacies & Retail Stores. …
Professional Photography Studios. …
U.S. Passport Offices. …
Registered Passport Expediters.
Take the completed form to a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility or a passport agency. A post office can serve as an acceptance facility. The form must be accompanied by evidence of citizenship, current identification and a photocopy of that identification.
Check the State Department website for more information on acceptable identification since those rules can and do change. For example, in 2011, the department started demanding a birth certificate that included the full names of the applicant’s parents.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (such as a birth or naturalization certificate)
- Government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or military ID)
- Color passport photo.
- Fee payment (check or money order)
Pay the fees that apply to your passport. The fees may change based on your age and if there is a photo cost involved. In 2017, an adult passport book and card, plus execution fees, cost $165. The office does not accept credit or debit cards.
Request the Department of State’s Expedited Passport Processing Service if the passport is needed within two weeks. There is an additional $60 fee for this service. Otherwise, the passport process takes about eight weeks.
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