United State Passport Information

United State Passport Information
Applying for a passport is an easy process once you understand the requirements. In general, it is best to apply for a passport in person at a United States post office. In some areas, passports are issued in county courts or other court. Some city administrative offices are also authorized to issue passports.

Processing Time

Standard processing times for U.S. passports range from four to six weeks. Expedited service is available for an additional fee. Expedited service takes between two and three weeks.


The cost of your passport will depend on whether you are applying for a traditional passport book, passport card or both. There is a $25 execution fee in addition to the following fees: passport book and card, $95; passport book only, $75; passport card, $20.


Your passport application must be accompanied by two 2-by-2-inch identical color photos with the distance between the chin and the top of the head being 1 to 1 3/8 inches. Uniforms, hats and headgear other than religious attire are not allowed. Sunglasses are also not allowed.

Proof of Citizenship

You must present proof of citizenship when applying for a passport. Proof of citizenship includes a previously issued passport, certified birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, certification of birth, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship.

Passports for Minors

Applications for passports for children under 16 years old must prove that the person making the application is the parent or legal guardian. Proof includes a birth certificate with both parents' names, consular report of birth abroad with both parents' names, adoption decree with both parents' names or a court order establishing custody or guardianship.

Article Written By Ma Wen Jie

Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.

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