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How to Expedite a New U.S.

Passport

Who Can Apply for a New Passport? You must apply in person at an acceptance facility if one or more of the following applies. • • • • • • You are applying for your first U.S. passport or You are under age 16 or Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16 or Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged or Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago or Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change

Who Should Expedite Their New Passport Application You should request expedited service if you have less than... • 14 days until departure date and do not need to obtain a travel visa; or • 28 days until departure date and do need to obtain a travel visa. New Passport Fees • Application fee is $75 • Execution fee is $25 • Expedited processing fee is $60 By federal law, passport fees are non-refundable. New Passport Application Form You need to download and complete Form DS-11: New US Passport Application. The instructions are included on the application. Note: Do not sign the application until requested to do so by a passport agent.

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Required Documents to Apply for a New Passport 1. Proof of Citizenship • Applicants Born in the United States: o Primary Evidence previous U.S. passport certified birth certificate • A birth certificate must include your full name, the full name of your parent(s), date and place of birth, sex, date the birth record was filed, and the seal or other certification of the official custodian of such records. • If the birth certificate was filed more than 1 year after the birth: It must be supported by evidence described in the next paragraph. o Secondary Evidence Letter of No Record and As many of the following as possible • baptismal or circumcision certificate • hospital birth record • early census record • early school record • family Bible record • newspapers or insurance files Note: Evidence should include your given name and surname, date and place of birth, and the seal or other certification of the office (if customary) and the signature of the issuing official. Visit travel.state.gov for details.

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• Applicants Born Outside the United States o Submit a previous U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Report of Birth Abroad or evidence described below. If You Claim Citizenship through Naturalization of Parent(s): Submit the Certificate(s) of Naturalization of your parent(s), your foreign birth certificate, and proof of your admission to the United States for permanent residence. If You Claim Citizenship through Birth Abroad To One U.S. Citizen Parent: Submit a Consular Report of Birth (Form FS– 240), Certification of Birth (Form DS–1350 or FS–545), or your foreign birth certificate, proof of citizenship of your parent, your parents’ marriage certificate, and an affidavit showing all of your U.S. citizen parent’s periods and places of residence/physical presence in the United States and abroad before your birth. If You Claim Citizenship through Birth Abroad To Two U.S. Citizen Parents: Submit a Consular Report of Birth (Form FS– 240), Certification of Birth (Form DS–1350 or FS–545), or your foreign birth certificate, parents’ marriage certificate, proof of your parents’ citizenship, and an affidavit showing all of your U.S. citizen parents’ periods and places of residence/physical presence in the United States and abroad before your birth. If You Claim Citizenship through Adoption by a U.S. Citizen Parent(s): Submit evidence of your permanent residence status, full and final adoption, and your U.S. citizen parent(s) evidence of legal and physical custody. (Please note: Acquisition of U.S. citizenship for persons born abroad and adopted only applies if the applicant was born on or after 02/27/1983.)

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2. Proof of Identity You must establish your identity to the satisfaction of the acceptance agent. The ID you submit must contain your signature AND physical description or photograph that is a good likeness of you. You may submit any of the following as proof of identity. • • • • • • previous or current U.S. passport book; driver’s license (not temporary or learner’s license); Certificate of Naturalization; Certificate of Citizenship; military identification; or federal, state, or municipal government employee identification card or pass.

Temporary or altered documents are not acceptable. When necessary, you may be asked to provide additional evidence to establish your identity. IF YOU CANNOT PROVIDE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY as stated above, you must appear with an IDENTIFYING WITNESS who is a U.S. citizen, non– citizen U.S. national, or permanent resident alien who has known you for at least 2 years. Your witness must prove his or her identity and complete and sign an Affidavit of Identifying Witness (Form DS–71) before the acceptance agent. You must also submit some identification of your own. 3. Two Recent Color Photographs You need to submit clear and correctly exposed passport photos the first time to avoid processing delays. • • • • • • Identical In color 2 x 2 inches in size Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head

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• Taken in normal street attire: o Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily o Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline o If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture o Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required) Three Ways to Expedite Your New Passport 1. Apply for Expedited Passport Processing at a Nearby Acceptance Facility Take the completed, unsigned Form DS-11, proof of citizenship, proof of identity, photos and payment to a nearby passport acceptance facility. After you have signed the application in the presence of an authorized agent, the contents will be placed in an envelope. Write the word "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope or ask the agent to do this. The processing time to expedite a new passport application by mail is 2 to 3 weeks. This can sometimes take longer depending on the demand at the time you make your application. 2. Apply for Expedited Passport Processing at a Regional Agency If you have less than two weeks before your departure date, you can apply to expedite your passport at a regional passport agency. The first step is to make an appointment by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1877-487-2778. This is an automated appointment service that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During peak travel seasons you may have to make numerous attempts before getting through. Once your appointment has been scheduled, you need to arrive no more than 15 minutes early with the completed, unsigned Form DS-11, all the required documentation, photos and payment.

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3. Apply for Expedited Passport Processing through a Private Expediter A third method for expediting a new passport is to contract a private passport and visa expediting service. This is a necessary alternative if you have less than two weeks before your departure date and are unable to travel to a regional passport agency. When you apply through an expediting service, you authorize the expediter to represent you before the regional passport agency. The expediter will deliver your application and accompanying documents to the agency. When the application has been processed, the expediter will pick up your passport and mail it to you. To expedite your new passport, click the link: Rush My Passport.

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REGIONAL PASSPORT AGENCY LIST Boston Passport Agency Tip O'Neill Federal Building 10 Causeway Street, Room 247 Boston, MA 02222 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Region Served: Massachusetts, Upstate New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine Chicago Passport Agency Kluczynski Federal Building 230 S. Dearborn Street, 18th Floor Chicago, IL 60604-1564 Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Region Served: Illinois and Michigan Colorado Passport Agency Cherry Creek III 3151 South Vaughn Way, Suite 600 Aurora, CO 80014 Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Area Connecticut Passport Agency 50 Washington Street Norwalk, CT 06854 Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Region Served: Connecticut, Westchester County, New York Detroit Passport Agency 211 West Fort Street, 2nd floor Detroit, MI 48226-3269 Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Region Served: Michigan and Great Lake area

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Honolulu Passport Agency Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite I-330 Honolulu, HI 96850 Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: Hawaii, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Koror, Kolonia, Majuro, Kwajalein and Johnston Island Houston Passport Agency Mickey Leland Federal Building 1919 Smith Street 4th Floor Houston, TX 77002-8049 Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Region Served: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico Los Angeles Passport Agency Federal Building 11000 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1000 Los Angeles, CA 90024-3615 Hours: 7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: California (all counties South of and including San Luis Obispo County, Kern and San Bernardino), and Clark County, Nevada Miami Passport Agency OMNI Center 1501 Biscayne Boulevard, #210 Miami, FL 33132 Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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New Orleans Passport Agency One Canal Place (corner of Canal and North Peters Streets) 365 Canal Street, Suite 1300 New Orleans, LA 70130-6508 Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Region Served: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia (except Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William, and Stafford counties), and Wisconsin New York Passport Agency Greater New York Federal Building 376 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014-3621 Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: New York City and Long Island Philadelphia Passport Agency U.S. Custom House 200 Chestnut Street, Room 103 Philadelphia, PA 19106 Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia San Francisco Passport Agency 95 Hawthorne Street, 5th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105-3901 Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 4:40 p.m. Region Served: Arizona, California (all counties North of and including Monterey, Kings, Tulare, and Mono), Nevada (except Clark County) and Utah

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Seattle Passport Agency Jackson Federal Building 915 Second Avenue, Suite 992 Seattle, WA 98174-1091 Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming Washington DC. Passport Agency 1111 19th Street, N.W. First Floor, Sidewalk Level Washington, DC 20036 Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Region Served: Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia (counties of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudon, Stafford, and Prince William

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