For anyone who travels frequently, especially to other countries, the most important document that they need to have in their possession is a passport. It is the one document that serves as an identification when you are traveling to country that is not your native country. Applying for the same is not a difficult process but for most first-time applicants, the process can seem harrowing and even confusing. If you are applying for a US passport for the first time then all you need to do is follow the easy steps given below.
The Application Process
The process of getting a US passport is a comparatively easy one. The documents that you need are listed out below.
- If you are getting this document for the first time, then you will need to have legally valid document that is valid as a proof of identification and citizenship. In case you were born abroad, then you will need relevant documents from the Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
- You will need to download the online application of passport. In case you are renewing it, then it is possible for you to do so by mail. In this case you will need to fill a form that is known as the DS-82 form. But in case your application is for a new passport or if the document was made before you were sixteen years of age, then the form that you need to download from the official website is the DS-11 form. In case your passport was either lost or stolen, then you need to download the DS-63 form.
- You will also need to have two passport-sized photographs.
Once you have all the documents that you need, you will need to submit the application. The cost of this process is different for different applications. If you are applying for this document for the first time, then the cost is about USD 110. For renewal, the fees is generally about USD 75.
A question that many first-time applicants often ask is about the time period they have to wait for. The entire process of passport application and then getting it delivered to you, takes about five to six weeks. During peak season, this process may take longer, but if you are in a real hurry, then it is possible to apply for expedited services. In such a scenario, you will need to pay as much as USD 200 to USD 250 to get the passport on the same day, and if you are ready to wait for two weeks, then an extra fee of USD 70 will need to be paid.
As long as you have all the necessary documents as required by the US Department of State's Passport Services office, you should have no problem receiving this document as soon as possible.