How to Get a Passport

For travel outside of the United States — including Canada and Mexico — you will need a U.S. Passport. Here is how to get one:

  • Complete a Passport application form. You may complete an online form by clicking here ( or download and print the application here (

  • Present proof of U.S. citizenship. This is usually a certified birth certificate from the city, county, or state of your birth.

  • Present proof of your identity. This is usually a current, valid driver’s license.

  • Provide 1 passport photo. Click here for passport photo specifications. (

  • Pay the applicable fee.

  • Apply in person at a local passport acceptance facility. Click here for a list of passport acceptance facilities (

The U.S. Department of State is responsible for issuing passports. Visit their official passport website ( for complete details.