Form DS-11: New U.S. Passport Application
is the application that should be submitted by U.S. citizens in order
to obtain the following: first-time passport; replacement of a lost,
stolen or damaged passport; renewal of a passport that has been expired
for more than 5 years; renewal of passport issued to a minor age 15 or
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The completed, but unsigned application form must be presented
to an agent at a passport acceptance facility or regional agency along
with required supporting documents. The answers to the frequently asked
questions below will help you understand where to get the form and how
to complete it properly.
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Where can I get form DS-11?
We have made the application form available on our website in PDF format. You can click here to open Form DS-11
. The application will open in a new window. You can complete the form and then print it.
If you prefer, you can download the new passport application to
your computer and open it later. To download the document, follow the
instructions provided below.
Download New Passport Application, Form DS-11
- Right click on the link.
- Select "Save Target As..."
- Choose the folder where you want to save the form.
- Click on "Save"
Finally, you can complete Form DS-11 online
and then print it.
Some applicants have reported problems with the online form. If you
find that the online application will not accept some of the data you
input, download the PDF version and use that.
How do I fill out the US passport application?
Instructions are included with each application. It is very
important that you follow the them very carefully. You should use
black ink and write as legibly as possible
when completing the application form offline. Illegible writing can lead
to printing errors which would require you to apply for corrections
You should fill out the form as completely as possible without making any
false statements. The first page of the instructions makes it clear
that false statements that are made knowingly and willingly on the
application are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. Incomplete
forms can lead to delays and/or denial of your passport.
There is nothing complicated about completing an application
for a United States passport. It just takes a little time and attention
to detail. The form states that you can expect to spend up to 85
minutes to complete the application. However, most people can fill it
out in a lot less time.
How long does it take to process the new passport application?
Routine processing can take between 4 and 6 weeks. This is an
estimatation and is not exact. It could require more time just as it
could also take less time to process. Applicants who need to get a
passport more quickly can request expedited service
. Expedited applications submitted at an Acceptance Facility are processed in 2-3 weeks.
Those who need to get a new passport fast
should first schedule a visit to a regional US passport agency
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