How to Get a New Passport
for a new passport can be accomplished in 3 steps. Complete the
application form. Gather supporting documents. Visit a passport
application acceptance facility or a regional agency. If you need to
renew a passport, the last step is not necessary because you can apply
by mail. Unless, of course, you need to get a passport expedited in
less than two weeks.
The application form that is used to
get a new passport is Form DS-11. This same application form is used to
apply for a first-time passport and the replacement of a lost, stolen
or damaged passport. Since passports issued to minors cannot be renewed
by mail, they need to apply for a new passport.
As you can see, obtaining a new passport
is not a difficult process but it does require attention to detail.
Submitting unacceptable documents or an application with errors can
lead to delays. Be sure to read the instructions on the passport application
carefully and check everything twice.
New Passport Processing
The processing of the Form DS-11: Application for a New Passport
is done at a processing center. You can personally submit your
application if you have less than two weeks before your departure date
at a regional agency. Otherwise, go to a passport office
where an agent will check to make sure all your documents are in order,
administer an oath and witness the signing of the application.
The first thing you should do when your new passport arrives is
verify that all the information is correct. Mistakes happen. If you
note a problem, just send it back for corrections
. There is no fee unless you need to expedite the process.
Expediting a New Passport
Visit the agency nearest you to get a new passport the same day. Expediting services
registered with the Department of State can do this if you are unable
to visit the agency yourself. If the choice is between paying the
expediter a fee or not receiving your passport in time for your trip,
go with the expediting service.
Expediting a new passport is not always about speed. Some
travelers prefer this service because it is convenient. They don't have
to wait in long lines or take time off from work to submit the
application form. It's a question of personal preference. Your time may
be worth more to you than the fees charged by an expediter.
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