The biggest difference between a passport book and passport card is that passport cards can only be used at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry.
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The cost of your U.S. passport will depend on the type of passport you request and how quickly you need it. See Passport Fees for more information on the cost of a U.S. passport book or a U.S. passport card and all associated services.
Processing times vary depending on the time of year. See Application Processing Times for more information.
No, Passport fees must be paid in check or money order only. Execution/office processing fees must be paid in cash only.
No, If your child is under age 16, he or she must appear in person with you and the child's other parent or guardian to apply. A child's application must be submitted in person at a passport agency or authorized passport application acceptance facility. It cannot be renewed by mail. Appointment needed.
Checks or money orders are to be made out to US Department of State.
Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 72 hours (3 business days).
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If you are changing your name within one year of the date your passport was issued, you will need to complete Form DS-5504: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement.
If you are changing your name more than a year after your passport was issued, you must submit Form DS-82: Renewal Application. Fee required
Yes, if you have full custody both parents are not needed to apply for a passport. However, you will need to provide court documentation proving that you do have full custody of the child.
No, if you do not have full custody of the child you must receive permission from the other parent/guardian. The other parent/guardian must either attend the appointment or fill out form DS-3053: Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a minor under age 16.
If you are unable to reach or get in contact with the other parent/guardian you must fill out form DS-5525: Statement of Exigent/Special family circumstances for issuance of a U.S. Passport to minor under age 16.
No, if you are the only parent/guardian on the child’s birth certificate you do not need the other parent/guardian to apply for a passport for your child.
You can check your status online using our Online Passport Status System. It may take up to 6 weeks from the day you apply until your application status is “In Process.” During these 6 weeks, your application is delivered to a mail facility, your payment is processed, and your application is scanned and sent to us. If your passport status update says “Not Available,” your application and supporting documents are safely on their way to us.
A letter or email was sent to you because more information is needed before continuing the processing of your passport. The letters and emails all have specialized instructions for your case that you should follow. If you’re having a hard time understanding what it means, Respond to a Letter or Email might be able to help you.