Passport Application FAQ
Below are some of the most frequently asked passport application
questions. If you don´t find what you are looking for, please visit
our passport form FAQ
What U.S. passport application do I need?
The application form you use will depend on the type of service you
require. Forms are listed below along with the purpose for which they
- DS-11: Application for New Passport
- DS-82: Application For Passport Renewal By Mail
- DS-64: Statement Regarding Lost Or Stolen Passport
- DS-3053: Statement of Consent - Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 14
- DS-4085: Application to Add Visa Pages to Passport
- DS-5504: Application for a US Passport Name Change, Data Correction or Replacement of Limited Validity Passport
Where can I get an application form?
Forms are available at authorized application acceptance
facilities and regional processing centers. They are also available for
download on our website. Some can be completed online. Please pick from
the list of passport services in the left-column menu for links to the
specific application you require.
How do I fill out the application form?
Forms completed by hand should be filled in using black ink. Use
legible writing and complete as many of the entries as possible.
Failure to provide requested information can lead to delays or denial
of your passport. Additional instructions are provided with each
Step-by-step instructions are provided for those who apply
online. Occasionally technical issues impede applicants from completing
the form. If this happens to you, please complete a hard copy.
Guidelines for Printing Forms
The forms you print must be clear and sharp. Passport
applications that are blurred or illegible will not be accepted. They
must be printed in black ink o n white paper. The paper must be 8 1/2
inches by 11 inches, with no holes or perforations, at least medium (20
lb.) weight, and with a matte surface. Thermal paper, dye-sublimation
paper, special inkjet paper, and other shiny papers are not acceptable.
Some printers will reduce the photograph area on the passport
application to less than 2x2 inches. Please make sure that the
photograph area on the printed application form is 2x2 inches to ensure
that the photographs you submit (also 2x2 inches in size) can be
You should type or print legibly when completing all sections of the application.
You should PRINT OUT AND SUBMIT ONLY ONE-SIDED PAGES OF THE APPLICATION FORM.
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