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Do I need to apply for my passport in the state where I am a resident?

by Richard
(Columbus, ND)

Question: I am a Michigan resident but am working and living in North Dakota temporarily. I live 10 miles from the border in NW North Dakota and would like venture into Canada for hockey games.


Can I get a passport here because it is a national document or do I need to go back to Michigan to apply for one?

Answer: You can apply for a passport in any state, whether you are a resident or not.

Note, if you apply at an Acceptance Facility and submit out-of-state primary identification, you must present an additional ID document, as well. For example, if you apply in North Dakota with a Michigan Driver's License, you must present a second ID containing as much of the following information as possible: your photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date.

For a list of passport application acceptance facilities near you, click the link below.

North Dakota Passport Offices

For a complete list of requirements for obtaining a new passport, click the link below.

Apply for U.S. Passport

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I need a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a 19-year-old female. I have a government-issued NV state ID but I currently live in NJ. I have my birth certificate (Michigan) and a SSC. I have proof that I’m a resident of NJ because I’ve had my bank statements sent to my address in NJ and I also have dental insurance which says NJ on it. Will it be possible to get a passport? If not, what do I have to get to be able to get a passport?

Answer: Since you will be presenting an out-of-state ID, you need to send another secondary ID like your SS card. In case passport services requires more, you may send other documents listed in the following page:

Proof of Identity

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Are mortgage documents and a current mortgage statement be acceptable? Also, since I am renewing, would the old passbook suffice for secondary ID in a different state?

Answer: If your old passport was issued in the last 15 years and when you were 16 or older and if it is undamaged, you may apply for a renewal by mail. Renewals do not require you to submit proof of identity.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am going to go get my passport. I live in NYC but I am going to a place in New Jersey that does Saturday walk-ins. I have a NY drivers license and my birth certificate. What other forms of ID is needed? I do not have anything else with my picture. Will a W-2 be okay and/or page 1 and 2 of 1040?

Answer: Since you will be presenting an out-of-state driver's license, you need to present a secondary proof of identity. The following documents are acceptable:

-State-issued non-driver ID
-Social Security card
-Learner's or temporary driver's permit
-Voter registration card
-Employee ID
-Student ID
-Selective Service (draft) card
-Medicare or other health card
-Expired driver's license
-Membership card in a local social organization or club
-Rental contracts
-Mortgage documents
-Auto registrations
-Traffic tickets & violations

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by: Anonymous

Question: I was visiting family recently in Carson City, Nevada, and was able to retrieve my birth certificate while in town. The lady at the post office that issues passports would not process my first time passport application because I have a TX driver's license and apparently they do not do "out of state passports" even if I provided additional identification to confirm my identity. She told me I had to be a resident of the state in which I was applying for a passport.

Answer: Your out-of-state driver's license should have been accepted since you provided additional identification. You may send feedback to Passport Services to report the incident.

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