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First time U.S. Passport applicants are required to submit proof of U.S. citizenship with the passport application.

Applicants born in the U.S. must submit an ORIGINAL or CERTIFIED COPY of the birth certificate, or an undamaged current/expired full-validity U.S. Passport book or card.

Applicants born outside the U.S. to at least one U.S. citizen parent will submit any one of the following documents:

Applicants who acquired citizenship through naturalization will submit one of the following:

  • The original Certificate of Naturalization
  • An undamaged current/expired full-validity U.S. Passport book or card

All passport applicants must submit proof of identity at the time of application. Adult applicants (age 16 and older) should be prepared to present valid government- or state-issued identification at the time of application. Proper government- or state-issued identification includes:

  • Current or previous U.S. Passport
  • Driver's license
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Military identification
  • Federal, state, or municipal government employee identification cards

Minor applicants (age 15 and younger) are not expected to have valid, government issued identification.  Identification from minor applicants will be collected from the applicant’s parents or guardians.


A recent color photograph is required with each U.S. Passport application. Passport photos must be:

  • Color
  • Clear, with a full front view of the applicant’s face
  • Printed on paper with a plain light (white or off-white) background
  • Taken in normal street attire, without a hat, head covering, or dark glasses unless a signed statement is submitted by the applicant verifying the item is worn daily for religious purposes or a doctor’s statement is submitted verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes
  • Taken within the last six months
  • 2 inches by 2 inches in size

The image size measured from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head (including hair) should not be less than 1 inch and not more than 1 3/8 inches.