How to Get Passport Information

How to Get Passport Information
Whether you are trying to remember when your first passport was issued or need a certified copy of your passport for employment abroad, the United States Department of State will provide the information free. The passport information provided includes a copy of the original passport application and any supporting documents you included to prove citizenship, along with the date and passport number.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer Photo ID Envelope
  • Computer
  • Photo ID
  • Envelope
Step 1
Make your information request in writing. Use an easy-to-read font and white paper for your letter.
Step 2
Provide your full name followed by any name changes because of marriage, divorce or other reasons. Alternately, provide the names of the dependent minors and their name changes if necessary.
Step 3
Include your or the child's birthplace and birth date. Provide the information as it appears on the birth certificate.
Step 4
Fill in your current mailing address, e-mail address and daytime phone number. Use a street address if possible rather than a post office box.
Step 5
Include a short statement detailing why you need a copy of your records, the estimated date the passport was issued and the passport number if you have it available.
Step 6
Print out the information and have it notarized. Find notarization services in your phone book or check to see if your lawyer or bank offers the service.
Step 7
Mail the notarized letter and a photocopy of your valid photo ID, such as a driver's license, to the Department of State. Include a check for $20 made out to the Department of State if you are requesting a certified record as opposed to just a regular copy, which is free.

Department of State, Passport Services
Research and Liaison Section
Room 500
1111 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20524

Tips & Warnings

 
Make a copy of your passport and each visa page if you want to save them, as the Department of State does not have access to the entry stamps you collect.
 
Passport records are available from 1925 to the present. International travel is not possible with a copy of your records. Report lost or stolen passports immediately and apply for a new one.
 
Passport records are available from 1925 to the present.
 
International travel is not possible with a copy of your records. Report lost or stolen passports immediately and apply for a new one.

Article Written By Jenny Harrington

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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