Americans should safeguard passports as they would any other valuable.
In order to issue an American passport, we must have proof of identity and citizenship. If you are renewing a valid or recently expired passport, your passport will serve as proof of both identity and citizenship. Otherwise to prove your identity, you need to provide a photo ID, such as a driver's license. To prove citizenship, you need to provide a certified copy of your birth certificate, certificate of naturalization or other similar documents. All passport applicants must provide two identical 2x2 inch (5x5 cm) photos in either color or black and white with a white background.
American citizens residing or traveling abroad who require issuance of a U.S. passport are issued the latest, state-of-the-art passport incorporating a photo-digitized image and other enhanced security features. U.S. Embassies and Consulates achieve this goal by transferring the passport issuance function to a domestic U.S. passport facility. Passports are generally issued within ten working days from time of application.
Application forms can be found here.
Current fees are $110 for adult renewals, $135 to replace adult lost and stolen passports, and $105 for all minor passports.
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