U.S. Passport Services New U.S. Passport Application

New U.S. Passport Application

Who is eligible
Call 800-345-6541800-345-6541 for a free consultation
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VisaHQ prices do not include Department of State fees

  • 1. Documents
  • 2. Authorization
  • 3. Shipping

Gathering required documents for New U.S. Passport

APlace order for New Passport
By placing the order with us you will reserve a spot to expedite your new passport application. Spots are limited, make your reservation now.
BNew U.S. passport application DS-11 online
Important instructions:
  • Click on "Submit" under "Complete Form Online" column, complete all required fields and print out two copies of the application. Do not sign the application forms.
  • The original form must be signed in front of the acceptance agent. The second form should be sent unsigned to VisaHQ outside of the sealed envelope. The DS-11 form must be completed online, applications without a barcode in the top left will not be accepted.
  • Click here to find your nearest acceptance facility
  • Please be aware that most U.S Post Offices and public libraries require an appointment to execute a sealed envelope with the documents, you may need to verify with your local agency if they seal passport documents and set an appoint for the earliest available time.
  • Please ensure that the executed sealed envelope is further placed in a separate mailing envelope so as not to get damaged or opened by an unauthorized agent in error.
CLetter of Authorization 
Please download, sign and print 2 copies of the Letter of Authorization. Include 1 copy in the sealed envelope and send the 2nd copy to the office outside the sealed envelope
Important: Please enclose an additional copy of the Letter of Authorization outside of the envelope sealed by the acceptance agent.
DOne (1) passport photo
Photo must be taken within the past 6 months, 2x2 inches, and not from a vending machine.
Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will no longer be allowed in passport photos.
EProof of U.S. citizenship
- Original Birth Certificate (if born in the United States).
- Previously issued ( undamaged ) U.S. passport.
Read more on proof of U.S. citizenship.
Note: All originals will be returned to you with newly issued passport.
FProof of Identity
- A copy of a valid driver's license or state issued I.D, issued more than 6 months ago, or
- Previous U.S. passport (mutilated, altered, or damaged passports are not acceptable as proof of identity).
If applying for a Minor please read US passport requirements for minors.
Note: If you changed your legal name you will need to provide a certified copy of either a marriage certificate or a name change court decree.
Read more on proof of identity.
GExtra copies of documents
Please send us an extra copy of the following documents outside of the sealed envelope
- Application
- Letter of Authorization
- Itinerary
- Photo
- Proof of ID/ citizenship
HTravel itinerary
- Copy of a plane ticket to a foreign country, or
- Copy of a travel itinerary with the applicant's name showing dates and flight information, or if neither is available and traveling for business
- A letter from the employer.
For 2-3 business day passport service, travel dates must be within 14 days when a visa is required to the country of destination; otherwise, dates must be within 5 days.
IGovernment Fees
Certified Check or Money Order payable to the
"U.S. Department of State"
- for $170.00 (adults - 16 years or older) or
- for $140.00 (minors - 15 and under)

Getting the Documents for New Passport Application Authorized

Locate the nearest Passport Acceptance Facility

Authorization procedure.
The acceptance agent has to:
- Witness the signing of application for new passport;
- Collect a $25 execution fee;
- Check applicant's ID;
- Verify the documents and seal them into an envelope.

The items that should be handed to the Agent and sealed are:
  1. Filled out application form DS-11 signed in front of the agent.
  2. Original proof of the United States citizenship.
  3. Two passport photos.
  4. Evidence of urgent travel (2-3 business day passport service only).
  5. Certified check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State for the appropriate amount.
  6. The Letter of Authorization (2 signed copy).
You must inform the Agent that you are using a passport agency to expedite the processing and that the sealed documents will be hand-delivered to the Department of State. This Department of State policy is called "Hand Carrying of Executed Applications". The policy is detailed on pages 31 and 44 of the acceptance agent Manual.
The acceptance agent should write the applicant's name, departure date, and date of birth on the outside of the sealed envelope. If two or more applications are sealed in the same envelope please make sure that the information about both applicants is written on the envelope.

All minors must appear in person. For more information on how to apply for minors (under 16), please read US passport requirements for minors.

The acceptance agent will return sealed envelope to you. Do not open the envelope. Mail in sealed envelope along with remaining paperwork to VisaHQ for the processing of your new passport.

Shipping passport application for new passport to VisaHQ

Make sure that the following documents are included:

1. The envelope sealed by the acceptance agent.
2. Copy of a signed Letter of Authorization attached to the outside of the sealed envelope.

Please use delivery services the offer a tracking number
such as FedEx, UPS, or USPS Express.
Mail the documents to: VisaHQ / U.S. Passport Services
2005 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 800-345-6541