To apply for a US passport, you will need to gather the necessary documents and submit them to the U.S. Department of State. Here are the general steps to follow:
- Gather the necessary documents: You will need proof of citizenship and a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license. You will also need to provide a passport photo that meets the State Department’s requirements.
- Complete the appropriate form: You will need to fill out form DS-11, which is the application for a new passport. This form can be completed online or by hand.
- Submit the form and documents: You can submit the form and documents in person at a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility or by mail to the address provided on the form.
- Pay the fee: The fee for a new passport varies depending on the type of passport and the delivery time.
- Wait for processing: The State Department estimates that it takes about 4-6 weeks to process a new passport application. The actual processing time may vary depending on the time of year and the demand for passports.
- Receive your passport: When your passport is ready, it will be mailed to you.
It is also important to note that if you are renewing your passport, the process is slightly different and you will need to use a different form.