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First Time Adult Applicant (Age 16 and Older)

Applying for Your First Adult Passport

Step 1:  Fill Out Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport 

Please note that you:

  • Must not sign the application until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent
  • Must provide your SSN in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 6039E.  Failure to provide information requested on the form, including your social security number, may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application.

Step 2:  Submit Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport In Person

Provide evidence of U.S. citizenship 

Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (One of the following):

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

Present acceptable identification

Primary Identification (One of the following):

  • 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)


Additional evidence

In addition, you may be asked to provide proof that you are the person named in the birth certificate or CRBA. Proof may be in the form of photos, school grades from the U.S., stamps in the non-U.S. passports of your parents, or other documentation.

U.S. law places the burden of proof on the applicant to prove their entitlement to a U.S. passport. If one is unable to provide sufficient evidence that they are the person named in the citizenship document, then they may not qualify for a U.S. passport.

Provide One Passport Photo

Your Photograph Must Be:

  • In color
  • 2 x 2 inches in size
  • Printed on thin, photo-quality paper
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head


Step 3:  Pay the Applicable Fee

Please see Current Passport Fees.

Accepted methods of payments:

  • U.S. dollars;
  • CFA Francs;
  • Credit card – Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Diners Club   (Crecit cards may only be accepted for American Citizen Services)