New Passport Instructions (Age 16 and Older)
Important: Always return to this page after opening any links.
Read entire checklist thoroughly and carefully.
You will complete the DS-11 2D Barcoded Application Form online and print it out.
The DS-11 Form is the government required passport application. You will click this link and it will take you to the government website to complete the typed application online. Type in your information and save the form. It will save as a PDF file to your computer. Print this DS-11 form but do not sign it yet. Come back to this webpage of the Fastport Passport Instructional Checklist and continue to Step 2.
Complete the DS-11 2D Barcoded Application Form online using the Passport Application Wizard.
Tips: The typed DS-11 is required. Handwritten applications are not accepted for expedited passport applicants by the U.S. Department of State. Failure to submit a typed application will result in a $35 fee for Fastport Passport staff to type your application. The Passport Application Wizard is a 'smart form' that will create a typed DS-11 Application Form. Print the DS-11 and proceed to Step 2 below. Do NOT sign the DS-11 until Step 3.
TIP: The Social Security Number is now required for all passport applications. Failure to include the SSN will cause your passport application to be delayed or denied. If the applicant has never received their SSN, please print and complete this form.
|Step 1. Recap and Important Information|
IMPORTANT: Handwritten applications are not accepted for expedited passport applicants by the U.S. Department of State. Fastport Passport will charge a $35 fee to type your handwritten application. Your signature must appear the same on all documents. Do not let anyone sign the form but the applicant. Do not print double sided. Please submit a copy of your current signature if it has changed over the years. Sign in black ink only.
|SUBMIT PROOF OF IDENTITY: (Two or more forms of identification recommended)|
Acceptable Supplemental Identification:
|SUBMIT PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPHS|
Passport Photo Requirements:
The Passport Photo Creator mobile app will help you take a perfect passport photo. Utilizing biometric facial recognition software, your passport photo will show real-time compliance checks to ensure your passport photo will be accepted. The app will verify the following Passport Photo Requirements: Eyeglasses must be removed. Recent Color Photo taken in last six months. 2x2 inches in size (51mm x 51mm). Photo Quality Paper. Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches. Plain white or off-white background. Neutral facial expression (no smiles!) directly facing the camera. Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily. No hats or head covering that covers hair or hairline, unless worn daily for religious purposes. Face must be visible with no shadows being cast on face. No headphones or similar items can be worn. Hearing devices normally worn may be included with medical certification. Dark glasses or tinted lenses non-prescription glasses are not allowed. Your eyes MUST be visible.
|SUBMIT PROOF OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP|
Certified U.S. birth certificate (must meet all of the following requirements): Issued by the City, County, or State of birth. Lists bearer's full name, date of birth, and place of birth. Lists parent(s) full names. Has date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth). Has registrar's signature. Has embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal of registrar. Photocopies and notarized copies are unacceptable.
|SUBMIT PROOF OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL|
IMPORTANT: The travel plans must go inside of the hand carry envelope when you appear at the acceptance agent (step 3).
|GOVERNMENT FEES (Applicant should be prepared to pay $195.00 in Government Fees at the acceptance agent|
IMPORTANT: The U.S. Department of State fee is exactly $170 for an expedite adult passport. If payment is made for ANY other amount, it is considered incorrect and your application will be denied. If you want a passport card as well, please add $30 to your check.
STARTER CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
|TAKING APPLICATION TO A PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE FACILITY|
IMPORTANT: The date of adjudication MUST be written on the outside of the sealed hand carried envelope. If the acceptance agent does not stamp the date or write it on the envelope, please do it yourself. This is required and if this date is missing your application will not be accepted.
|HAND CARRY ENVELOPE INSTRUCTIONS: (Ship your hand carry envelope the same day it was sealed)|
|SHIPPING YOUR PASSPORT APPLICATION FOR EXPEDITED PROCESSING|
Any forms with a signature and date field MUST be completed with your signature and date. Failure to sign and date your DS application or LOA will delay your processing.
Ship all documents to:
Note: Same Day passport requests are processed the next business day unless you speak with a representative and arrange first overnight shipping with Fed Ex.
Now you have completed the Fastport Passport Expedited checklist!! If you have already paid for service you can send your documents to us and relax while we process your expedited passport request. If you have reviewed the checklist and now want to proceed to check out: Click Here to see our expedited service options that best fit your needs.