US Passport Information

US Passport Information
A U.S. passport is something you'll need anytime you leave the country and must be kept up to date and in good condition to ensure a safe and easy passage into and out of the country.

Who Needs One

Every person in the United States, even babies, require their own passport.

Citizenship Evidence

To get a passport, you must show evidence of your U.S. citizenship. A previously issued official U.S. passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate or a consular report of birth for those born abroad is required.

Further Identification

You must also provide a valid U.S. driver's license, current government or military ID, or naturalization certificate. All documents are returned to you.


Passport photos are subject to strict guidelines. They must be 2 inches by 2 inches, in color and have been taken within the past six months. Two identical photos are required per passport.

Blank Pages

If you recently used your passport traveling to hike other foreign countries, make sure you have enough pages for your next trip. Countries require two to four blank pages each.


Passports issued to persons over 16 are valid for 10 years from the date of issue (five years for persons under 16).

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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