Applying for a US Passport is a multi-step process and can take some digging to get all the information that you need. I’m here to simplify the process and minimize your digging!
If you are a US Citizen with no special circumstances, you should have no problem following the steps below.
Step 1: Fill out Form DS-11
You can fill out the forms online and print them or print them and then fill them out. Either way, you will need to print the forms and apply in person.
YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR A US PASSPORT ONLINE.
Step 4: Calculate your fees
Make sure to bring a check or money order. They do not accept cash or credit cards!
Step 5: Find a Location and Apply in Person
Once you apply, your passport should arrive in 4 – 6 weeks.
Questions and Helpful Passport Application Tips
The difference? A passport book can be used for air land and sea travel to any country in the world. A passport card is valid for travel by land and by sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. So you will need to let your travel plans dictate what is best for you. I would recommend getting a passport book to maximize your travel potential.
Click here for the official US Passport FAQ page.