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How to Get A Passport

Whether you have a business trip coming up or just want to be prepared when an opportunity arises to leave the country, you will need a passport to leave the United States. Here’s everything you need to know about how to apply for a U.S passport for yourself and your family.

 

Passport Card vs. Book

You have two options for getting a passport—a passport card and a traditional passport book. These can both be used as an alternative form of state-issued ID, and they have the same renewal requirements of being valid for 10 years for adults and five years for those 16 and younger.

The passport book allows you to re-enter the U.S. by any means, including air travel, from any country. The passport card only allows you to re-enter the U.S. a land or sea port-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas.

You can apply for both a passport card and a passport book at the same time if you decide you want both.

 

How to Apply for a Passport

Whether you opt for a card or a book, you don’t need to visit a passport agency to procure your passport. At Signature Passport, we make it easy for you to apply for a passport remotely and receive it as fast as possible.

To apply for a passport, you will first need to fill out our online registration form. Then, you will need to make an online payment to guarantee your reservation. After that, you will need to submit all the requirements our Passport Specialists request based on your needs and status.

Once we have received all of the required information, we will send your passport application to the Department of State. When it’s ready, your passport will be shipped using overnight delivery so you can receive it in time for your travel plans.

 

What Do You Need to Get a Passport?

The exact things you will need to get a passport include the following:
• Proof of U.S. citizenship
• Passport application fees
• Color passport photograph
• Required forms (DS-11 or DS-82)
• Proof of identity, e.g., driver’s license or birth certificate

 

How Do I Get a Passport for Kids?

Adults 18 and older will use the above guidelines. Anyone who is 16 or 17 can apply for a passport themselves if they have appropriate documentation. They will additionally need a parent or guardian to provide a signed, notarized statement expressing that they know their child is applying for a passport.

For those under the age of 16, there are some additional requirements for getting a U.S. passport, including the following:
• Two parents or guardians must sign all relevant forms.
• Passports for anyone under 16 are only valid for five years.
• Proof of parental relationship or guardianship is required.

To get a passport for kids, you will need to submit the following items:
• Color passport photo
• Proof of U.S. citizenship
• Signed parental consent
• Relevant application fees
• Valid parental identification
• Original copy and photocopy of either a birth certificate, valid passport, certificate of citizenship, or Consular Report of birth abroad or certification of birth

Signature Passport makes it easy to submit the right documents and get your passport quickly.

Start your passport application now!