Anyone That Is Planning An International Vacation Should Be Familiar With Pass Port Requirements

by erin on February 24, 2010

Getting a passport is not something that everyone considers. This is a mistake as a passport is great to have even if the person never leaves the United States. It is one of the most powerful personal identification documents that can ever be had and because of the length it takes to obtain one, it is best to have it just in case. Before heading to the local passport office, make sure you know the current new passport requirements.

If the applicant has never had a passport or their last passport was issued over 15 years ago, get ready to head to the local American passport office. Minors also always have to be present, as well as their parents. Anyone that has lost their passport of suffered the theft of their passport will also have to go in person to get a new passport.

The first form that will have to be filled out by everyone is the DS-11. There are also quite a few secondary documents that must be presented to the clerk. The clerk will need to check the ID that is presented and actually witness the signature on the application. The forms can be filled out ahead of time, but nothing can be signed until the applicant is in front of the passport agent.

One of the documents that are required is proof of citizenship. For many people, this is just their birth certificate. If the applicant is an immigrant, they will need their official immigration and naturalization papers. These documents are a must and nothing will be processed unless they are present.

A birth certificate to be considered as being certified must have an embossed or raised seal from the registrar in the state or county of birth, along with that person’s signature. It must also have been filed within one year of the birth date on the certificate. Some shorter, or what are known as abstract versions of the certificates may not meet passport requirements. Be prepared too, to have a photocopy of both sides of the document that can be given to the agent.

If the person seeking the passport document is a minor, there are some additional requirements that must be followed. The young person’s proof of citizenship must accompany him or her, and both parents or guardians must be with the child at the in person visit. If only one adult has legal custody then the non-custodial birth parent does not have to be there.

The parent or parents that are with the child will also have to have the appropriate ID in order for the minor’s application to be accepted. Everything will be checked, so make sure that everything is valid and current. The best bet is to bring their current passport as it is the be all and end all of documentation. Also, 2 passport photos must be presented with all of the documentation for the applicant.

A passport can take some time to get, but this is mostly in part to the time that it takes to get everything together. As long as everything checks out, the process can go fairly quick at the pass port office, especially if they work off of appointments. Knowing the new passport requirements and having everything in order can make this a pretty quick day for the applicant.

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