Information on United States Passports

Information on United States Passports
United States passports identify the bearer as a citizen of the United States. Passports give the owner the right to access United States consulate offices abroad and to travel from the United States to locations abroad.

Acquiring a Passport

American citizens should apply in person if getting a passport for the first time. Many post offices accept applications, and you can also make an appointment at your Regional Passport Agency.


The State Department requires that minors under the age of 16 apply for a passport in person. Citizens of all ages must acquire a passport prior to traveling abroad, including infants.

Passport Costs (Renewals)

Passport renewals costs $75 for adults and $85 for minors under the age of 16.

Passport Costs (First-Time)

Adults applying for passports for the first time must pay $100. First-time passports for minors under the age of 16 cost $85.


Since August 2007, the State Department has only issued E-Passports (Electronic Passports). These passports include a chip that stores data, including a digital image for biometric facial recognition, a unique chip identification number and a digital signature (see Resources).

Article Written By Candace Benson

Candace Benson has nearly five years of experience as a volunteer coordinator and has worked for non-profits and state agencies. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Benson wrote for a number of video game websites and blogs and worked as a technical support agent. Benson currently writes for eHow.

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