Form DS-11
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Form DS-11 2016-2019

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What do you need to get your passport for the first time?
How to Apply1. Fill Out Form DS-112. Provide Evidence of U.S. Citizenship3. Bring a Photocopy of U.S. Citizenship Evidence4. Present ID5. Bring a Photocopy of ID6. Determine any Special Circumstances7. Provide a Photo8. Calculate Fees9. Submit your Completed ApplicationFind out more here: Apply in Person
My name & my parent’s name including surname changed in 2003. My passport is issued before 2003. How do I change my name & my parent's name in my passport?
From Change or Correct a PassportName ChangesIf your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees, unless you request Expedited Service.Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your current passport, your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), and a color passport photo. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-5504, orPrint Form DS-5504 and complete by hand.More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are eligible to use Form DS-82*:Submit Form DS-82 by mail with your current passport,  your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-82, orPrint Form DS-82 and complete by hand.More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are not eligible to use Form DS-82*:You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship,  your original or certified name change document (no photocopies or notarized copies), a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11, orPrint Form DS-11 and complete by hand.You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the applicable section on Form DS-11.If you have begun using a different name but cannot legally document the change with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate, then:Submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11, orPrint Form DS-11 and complete by hand.You must also present a valid ID issued in the name you currently use.You may also need to provide secondary identification evidence that you have been using the name for at least 5 years, if your ID is less than 5 years old.
How can I get a US passport?
To apply for a U.S. passport, you’ll need a few things:Proof of your U.S. citizenship. This is typically a U.S. birth certificate, but could also be a number of other items, including a previously-issued U.S. passport. The birth certificate is by far the most commonly used document for proving citizenship, so let’s go with that. You’ll also need to make copies of the front and back of your proof of citizenship.A government-issued photo ID. This could be a driver’s license, a military ID, or a state-issued ID card. You’ll also need a front and back copy of your ID.A completed form DS-11.Passport photos, which must be printed on photo paper, and 2″ x 2″ in size. You can get these at a number of places, including Walgreens, CVS, AAA offices, and at many passport application acceptance facilities. Don’t just bring a selfie on your phone, unless you want to be laughed at.Take those items to your nearest passport application acceptance facility, along with an acceptable form of payment (check or money order for the Department of State, and usually a check, money order, or cash for the acceptance facility’s fee) and submit your application.You can find your nearest passport application acceptance facility here: Where to Apply for a Passport NationwideYou can find form DS-11 here: https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/d...In 4–6 weeks, your new passport will be mailed to you.
How do I make an appointment to get a passport?
Hey Megan!There are a lot of resources online that help you through the process of applying for a passport. It can be quite a process so the earlier you apply, the better. Best to be prepared ahead of time, right?The following steps are from travel.state.gov and have much more information and detail on their site at this link: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/first-time.html1.Fill Out Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport2. Submit Form In Person3. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship4. Present Identification5. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented6. Pay the Applicable Fee7. Provide One Passport Photo
How do you expedite the passport of a minor?
The process is essentially the same as expediting an adult passport, with one exception: both parents listed on the birth certificate need to give consent.Typically, this is done by having both parents appear in person with the minor applicant. The minor applicant will need to submit a form DS-11, just like any applicant of any age, regardless of processing time. It is important to state that “minor,” as far as the Department of State is concerned, is under 16 years of age. Applicants ages 16 and 17 may need to show the consent of one parent when submitting their application, but if the applicant is under 16, it is best to try to get both parents in the room with the minor when applying.If one parent is unavailable, the unavailable parent can sign a form DS-3053 in front of a notary and send that along with the minor when submitting the application.In some cases, however, one parent may be unavailable. In that case, a form DS-5525 should be completed with as much information as possible and submitted with the minor’s application. While this doesn’t seem to apply to your situation, I’m including it here for the benefit of others who may have similar questions.Note: it is important to fill out the correct form - the DS-5525 (Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances for Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16) and the DS-3053 (Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16) are not interchangeable. Using the wrong form will result in processing delays.So, once you’ve got all the appropriate forms filled out, take them - along with the minor applicant’s proof of citizenship (original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. certificate of naturalization, parental naturalization documents if the minor is claiming citizenship via INA 320/322), passport photo, and parents’ government-issued identification, to your nearest passport application acceptance facility to submit the application.If you have to travel in less than six weeks, you should expedite. If you have to travel in less than two weeks, you should consider going to the nearest regional passport agency to submit the application (or using a reputable third party expediting service.)So, to recap, you’ll need the following:Form DS-11 - application for a U.S. passportApplicant’s proof of citizenshipAll parents listed on the birth certificate must be present, with government-issued photo identification.If one parent is unavailable, but can give consent, that parent needs to submit form DS3053, which must be signed in front of a notary.If one parent is unable to be located, the parent accompanying the applicant should complete a form DS-5525 explaining the circumstances.Accepted forms of paymentGood luck, and safe travels!
How can I request an U.S. passport for a baby?
Take the baby’s pictures (eye open), filled out DS-11 passport application, a birth certificate, the baby itself + its two parents and the applicable fees to one of the US post offices that issue passports (or a US embassy if you’re overseas). Some applications can be completed online (check the link below to see if you’re eligible).U.S. Passports & International TravelPassport Forms
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