New U.S. Passport Instructions
IMPORTANT: In addition, it helps to provide copies of at least three Supplemental Identification documents to avoid any delays in processing your application with the U.S. Department of State.
|- Non Drivers ID Card||- Library Card||- Lease Agreement|
|- Work Identification||- Credit Card||- Voters Registration Card|
|- Social Security Card||- School ID||- Baptismal Certificate|
|- Health Insurance Card||- High School Year Book||- Tax Records|
Passport Photo Requirements:
The Passport Photo Creator mobile app will help you take a perfect passport photo. Utilizing biometric facial recognition software, your passport photo will show real-time compliance checks to ensure your passport photo will be accepted. The app will verify the following Passport Photo Requirements: Eyeglasses must be removed. Recent Color Photo taken in last six months. 2x2 inches in size (51mm x 51mm). Photo Quality Paper. Head size must be between 1 inch and 1 ⅜ inches. Plain white or off-white background. Neutral facial expression (no smiles!) directly facing the camera. Normal clothing. No uniforms, except for religious clothing worn daily. No hats or head covering that covers hair or hairline, unless worn daily for religious purposes. Face must be visible with no shadows being cast on face. No headphones or similar items can be worn. Hearing devices normally worn may be included. Dark glasses or tinted lenses non-prescription glasses are not allowed. If they are a medical need, then you may need to provide medical certification.
Provide one original document (not a copy) from the following:
The U.S. Department of State now requires all U.S. Birth certificates to have both parents names and dates of birth listed. This is also known as a Long-Form Birth Certificate.
IMPORTANT: You can order an expedited birth certificate here.
IMPORTANT: Documents that are mutilated, altered, or damaged will be rejected by the U.S. Department of State. Please include a signed statement explaining the damage.
Acceptable Proofs of International Travel:
IMPORTANT: Need more help? Examples of acceptable proof of international travel.
IMPORTANT: The U.S. Department of State fee is paid separately from Fastport Passport's service fee, and must be paid via personal check (check number must be above #100) or postal money order. Temporary checks and starter checks are not accepted. All other forms of payment are subject to suspension from the U.S. Department of State. Include your name and address on the check or money order.
An acceptance agent is needed to verify the signatures and identity of the applicant. This is usually the post office or county clerk. Please refer to Step 3. Leave check or money order blank (Acceptance agent will instruct you to whom to make the check or money order payable to).
IMPORTANT: Handwritten applications are not accepted for expedited processing. You are not applying for your passport online, but rather completing the application form online to print it out. Government fees are paid at the acceptance agency. For additional assistance, please watch our short video: How to Complete the DS-11 Application Video .
Quick tips for this process:
IMPORTANT: Do not open or tamper with this sealed Hand Carry Envelope. Ship this sealed envelope to Fastport Passport by the following day or your application may be denied.
Any forms with a signature and date field MUST be completed with your original signature and date. Copies are not accepted. Failure to sign and date your DS application or LOA will delay your processing.
You MUST attach a copy of all your documents (travel plans, application, authorization letter, etc) to the outside of the hand carry envelope with a paperclip. This is required, and for our review only, as the sealed envelope cannot be opened or tampered with in any way. You will take the sealed envelope and the copy of your documents and put them into a FedEx, UPS, or USPS envelope to send to our office. Without a copy of ALL documents, your application WILL NOT be submitted. It will be sent back to you!
The "Hand Carry" Sealed Adjudicated Envelope must be sent to our processing department by the following business day.
IMPORTANT: Applications received after 1 business day of being sealed will delay or suspend your application. Make sure you have the date of adjudication written on the outside of the sealed envelope.
IMPORTANT: If you are traveling within the next 48 hours, do not send in your documents without speaking to our passport specialists first!
Ship all documents to:
IMPORTANT: Same Day passport requests are processed the next business day unless you speak with a Fastport Passport representative and arrange first overnight shipping with FedEx.
Any Questions? Please Call Us: 800-220-1759
Now you have completed the Fastport Passport Expedited checklist!!
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