What to Consider when Applying for a Passport
You will now find more Americans with passports than there used to be a while back. This is proven by the number of those holding one as compared to the same numbers two decades ago. This is not an indication of a simpler process. You still have to be careful how you do the application. If you do not fill them correctly, your process shall take longer. This is not what one looks forward to when they need to travel. Here is the best way for you to go about the application.
You shall first start with the form DS 11. This applies to first time applicants, underage applicants, or those renewing whose first application was done when they were underage. If your passport got lost, stolen, damaged, or issued more than fifteen years ago, you need to fill it too. You shall also discover more details in this process here.
You need to then show proof of your citizenship. An expired passport shall suffice. If it happens to be in a foreign language, you have to get it professionally translated. You can also rely on your birth certificate, as well as a certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship. You need to make clear copies of these for sending. Do not send the originals as they can get lost.
You should also carry your proof of identity. The same applies to mailed applications where you send copies as per regulations. Anything less shall be rejected. There is the government employee ID, military ID, or a Green Card for your use where applicable.
You may have to also list certain special circumstances. You need to do so if you are underage or if you are traveling with one. You need to also state if you owe child support. A gender designation change is worth mentioning. You are also expected to mention if you are traveling in an official diplomatic capacity.
You need to then attach two passport photos. You shall get one back as they only use one on the passport. Make sure get these photos professionally taken.
There are processing fees you shall have to pay. You shall see charges for a passport book, and a passport card, for adults and for children. You can pay for whichever you wanted.
You can download the forms DS 11 and fill it out then gather all the necessary documents and copies and mail them in for processing. You also have the other option of taking all the necessary details down to the processing agency and have it filled. It normally takes four to six weeks for you to get the passport. You can also expedite the process. This is done by those who are time bound. This service is however costly.