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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.

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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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