The passport application, Form DS-11, is available online (see Resource 3). This form can be completed in advance but must signed in person.
Proof of Citizenship
According to the U.S. Department of State, you must submit either a birth certificate, a previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate or a Certificate of Citizenship.
In addition to your proof of citizenship, you must also provide proof of identity. A primary source and a photocopy of that source are required at your Acceptance Facility.
Passport fees are always changing. For the most up-to-date information, check the U.S. Department of State website (see Resource 1).
You are required to submit two passport-sized photos. Passport photos are available from a variety of retailers including Walgreens, the UPS Store, JCPenney and various local photo studios.
Where to Bring Your Documents
To apply for your first passport, you must bring the proper documents to either a Passport Agency or an Acceptance Facility (see Reference No. 2).