Getting Your First Passport
To get your first passport, you'll have to show up in person. Make an appointment at an acceptance facility or passport agency; search for the one closest to you here. You likely live near a facility where you can get a passport. Many post offices and even some public libraries can accept passport applications. Arrive at your passport agency with:
- Your filled-in DS-11 application form.
- Evidence of U.S. citizenship. Find a list of acceptable documents here.
- Valid identification. Find a list of acceptable ID here.
- A photocopy of the front and back of the identification you're bringing on clean, white 8½" x 11" paper.
- Your application fee. For a first-time adult passport, the total fee is $135.
- Passport photos. You can read more about the specifications for passport photos here. But most major drug stores, such as Walgreens or CVS, will sell appropriately sized passport photos that comply with government standards; this makes things a little easier.