Important Travel Documentation
This is my first time applying for a passport! What do I do?
Anyone traveling out of the country is required to have a Valid USPassport (Blue cover) From first timers to extensive travelers, here is everything you need to know about getting your passport for international travel! You will be a pro in no time!
For U.S. citizens, you must apply in person.
Fill out an application form and take it to your in-person appointment.
Provide proof of identity, citizenship, and a recent color photograph.
You can expect to receive your passport between 8-11 weeks from the date of your application submission.
How do I renew my passport?
You can renew via mail or online.
Complete the application form.
For mail renewal, attach a photograph meeting the requirements with your passport and application.
For online renewal, create a MyTravelGov account.
Enter most recent passport information and upcoming travel plans.
Submit personal information and a digital photograph.
Oh no! My passport will expire before my upcoming trip. How do I expedite the renewal process?
Expedited renewal can take up to 5-7 weeks with additional fees applied.
Boldy write expedite on mailed envelope with your documents and application included.
Traveling by Air
All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport whentraveling internationally by air.
If you have never had a U.S. passport, you must apply in person, using the DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport. Please visit our First Time Applicants page for information on application requirements, application fees, and where to apply. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html
If you have previously owned or currently own a U.S. passport, you may qualify to renew your passport by mail. Please visit our Renew a Passport page to learn more about the application requirements, application fees, and to find out if you qualify to renew by mail.
Traveling by Sea
All adult U.S. citizens arriving by sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean must have a passport.*
Either a passport book or passport card may be used.
All U.S. citizens may apply for a passport card.
To learn more about the passport card, including how to apply and the differences between the passport book and passport card, please visit
*"Closed-Loop" Cruises: If you are a U.S. citizen, and you board a cruise ship at a U.S. port, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship, you may present government-issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents.
Routine 4-6 Weeks
Expedited 3 Weeks
Expedited at Agency 8 Business Days
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PASSPORT WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL.
CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE ON YOUR PASSPORT. PASSPORT CARDS ARE NOT VALID FOR AIR TRAVEL.