Before I get started, did you notice how I said "passport book" instead of just "passport"? That is because there is also something called a passport card. A passport book allows you to do everything that a passport card can do and more. The main benefit of a passport card is that it is cheaper. There are some other differences as well.
My instructions apply for
- a native born US citizen that is
- at least 18 years old and
- applying for a passport (book) for the first time.
- All pages of the form on this page with the last two pages filled out.
- A certified birth certificate (where "certified" means that it has a raised seal). Note that it does not have to be the original. They will keep your birth certificate and mail it to you with your passport book.
- A driver's license.
- A photocopy of the front side of your driver's license on one page and a photocopy of the back side of your driver's license on a second page. If this is too difficult, they can (probably) make these copies for you where you apply. They did where I applied.
- Two recent pictures of yourself that satisfy many requirements (see step 6) or just apply at a location that can take your picture for you (see below).
- The ability to pay a $75 application fee (via check or debit card) and a $25 execution fee (via check, debit card, or credit card).
See you abroad.