Procedure for Applying For Us Passports

Renewal Us passport Application

For many young people, traveling abroad on a Scout visit is the first time that they will need a passport.
As of January 23, 2007 each U.S. citizen is required to be in possession of valid passports to travel between the U.S. and other countries. If you do not have a passport, now is the time to get one.
Obtaining a passport may take some time so you should apply well in advance if you are planning to travel abroad.  Currently, the new passport rules apply only to air travel, but as of January 1, 2008 every U.S. citizen will need to have a valid U.S. passport. This change from previous travel requirements will affect all U.S. citizens who enter the U.S. from abroad. 
Applying for a U.S. passport is not difficult and requires filling out the application forms in accordance with the United States Passport Application and Renewal Guide instructions.
The application can be submitted in person or be mailed along with proof of identity to an official recognized passport facility. Within a month to forty-two days, this new travel document should arrive at the applicant’s doorstep, and by paying an expedite fee it may be obtained within ten to fourteen days.
The different steps and procedures to be followed in order to apply and obtain your passport are given below:

Obtain Application Form 
For those who are applying for the first time, it is referred as DSP-11.
For those who are applying for a renewal, it is referred as DSP-82.
The federal government does not allow faxed forms or photocopied forms. Printed copied from your computer are acceptable. You may obtain a form from a local acceptance agent.
It is advisable not to sign the application form until instructed to do so when you are in front of an Acceptance Agent.

Proof of Citizenship
A certified copy of your birth certificate is taken as a proof of your citizenship.
If don’t have a birth certificate or if you were born abroad, you can use: 

  • A Certificate of Naturalization or an old passport. 
  • A Certificate of Citizenship. 
  • A Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (Form FS-240). 
  • A Certification of Birth (Form FS-545 or DS-1350).

Letter of Authorization 
People applying for a passport need to take print out, fill up and attach the letter of authorization and overnight passport order form.

Passport Photographs
These photos must be recent (taken within last 6 months), identical, 2×2 inches, and either in color or black and white. They must show a front view, full face, on a plain light/white background (vending machine photos NOT acceptable). Photographs must be taken in normal street attire, showing you without head covering unless a signed statement are submitted indicating that the head covering is worn daily for religious or medical reasons. Dark glasses may not be worn in passport photographs, unless a doctor’s statement is submitted supporting "the wearing of dark glasses is for medical reasons". Mail Boxes, etc. and Kinko’s copies as well as other photograph studios provide this service. It is also critical that the acceptance agent (AA) sign the back of your passport photos.

Proof of Identity
A valid Drivers License, a Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, Government or Military ID, or Corporate ID is sufficient and taken as a proof of your identity.

Copy of Itinerary
This may be in the form of plane tickets or a travel agency printed itinerary.