Applications are submitted at either a Passport Agency or a special Acceptance Facility, and you must be physically present when you apply (see Resources).
Arrange for your appointment at either the Acceptance Facility of Passport Agency. Acceptance Facilities are often U.S. Post Offices (see Resources).
The passport application form is referred to as DS-11, Application for U.S. Passport. You can fill it out online, print it out at home and take it with you to your appointment.
Bring a completed form DS-11, proof of citizenship (such as a certified birth certificate), two 2-by-2-inch photos, and ID such as a driver's license, military ID or naturalization certificate to your appointment.
The fees, as of 2009, are $100 for adults (includes a $25 Execution fee), $120 for the adult Passport Plus card (includes $25 Execution fee) and $45 for the adult Passport Card.