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How to Get a New Passport

Need to get a new passport? You'll find the requirements below and tips to help you apply for your travel document without a hitch but, first, verify that a new passport is exactly what you need. Click here if you need to expedite your passport.

Steps to Getting a New Passport

You should apply for a new passport if any one of the following apply.

  • you have never had a passport
  • your last passport expired and was issued more than 15 years ago
  • your previous passport has expired and it was issued when you were under 16
  • your most recent US passport was lost or stolen
  • your most recent US passport was severely damaged

Requirements to apply for a new passport.

Tips for Applying for a New Passport

First of all, do not sign your application form until you are in the presence of the passport acceptance agent. The agent must witness the signing.

Make sure you have gathered all the necessary documents and that each document is within the standards set by the U.S. Department of State Passport Services. For example, you cannot use a memeographed copy of your birth certificate as proof of citizenship.

You will pay the passport application fee and the security surcharge to the "U.S. Department of State" and the execution fee to the facility where you are applying. Not all acceptance facilities accept personal checks so be sure to contact them to find out what form of payment they do accept.

If you need to get your passport fast and want to apply online to have it expedited, visit Fastport Passport & Visa Services.