What Information Do I Need for a Passport?

What Information Do I Need for a Passport?
When planning your next excursion for hiking, boating or adventure travel, don't forget to prepare your passport in advance. Taking a few steps to ensure your passport is in order well in advance of your trip will ensure great memories.

Who Needs a Passport?

All persons traveling outside of the United States now require a passport. Babies and young children require their own passports with their parents signing for them.


Passport photo requirements are stringent yet easily complied with. Your photo must be exactly 2" x 2" and recent within six months. You may wear glasses (take care that the camera does not cause a flash effect) but no hats or headgear. Two copies of the photo are required.


Primary identification is required in one of the following capacities: previously issued U.S. passport, valid US driver's license, current military ID or government ID, or naturalization certificate.

Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

When applying for a passport for the first time, you must supply evidence of U.S. citizenship. Use a certified birth certificate (no photocopies), a naturalization certificate, or a certificate of citizenship. Your documents will be returned to you with your new passport.

Blank Pages

Each country you are visiting may require between two to four blank pages for entry and exit. You may apply for extra pages if you are nearing full capacity of your passport.

Article Written By Filonia LeChat

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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