Getting A Passport For The First Time - Don't Make It A Hassle

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It's easy to get daunted with all the forms you need to fill in if you're getting a passport for the first time. We've all been through that and that's something you don't really need to worry about. We'll help you out by giving you a clear and simple guide on how to get a passport. Ready? Read on.

Of course, you'll need to fill out the passport application form before anything else. The form you'll need is Form DS-11. Aside from people getting their first passports, this is also the type of form filled in by applicants who are under 16 years old, those who had their names changed after their last passport's been issued, to name a few examples. Another thing you need to remember is that you will be required to appear personally when applying for a passport the first time.

There are special requirements to obtaining a U.S. passport that need to be met by applicants who are minors, those under 18 years old. For minors under the age of 16, you will be required to appear personally along with your parents or guardians. You must also show proof of your citizenship, as well as a proof of your relationship with your parents or guardians.

Those between ages 16 and 17 also need to fulfill special requirements. To name some, you will be required to present a photocopy of the same ID you'll present when applying for a passport, and a written parental consent. Ensure that you're not missing any requirement by checking them before leaving for the passport agency's office.

For applicants 18 years old or older, you wouldn't need any of these special requirements. All you need is to fill up your DS-11 form along with the other documents that are normally required of all passport applicants. Keep in mind you shouldn't sign the completed form unless you are told to do so.

If you need a copy of the DS-11 form you can always download it from the US Department of State's website. You can then print out the form and fill it in by hand. Alternatively, you can fill in the form online which saves you a lot of time. Once you've filled in the form, you will then have to submit it to the passport agency, along with the other required documents.

It may take time to process your passport application. Currently, the processing times are around four to six weeks. But what if you need to have a passport ready in less than four weeks? You have the option of choosing an expedited passport application, which allows for quicker processing times.

Should you need to travel to another country in less than two weeks, you're advised to choose this option. An expedited application is also ideal for those who need a passport in four weeks for a foreign visa application.

Now you know that Obtaining A Passport for the first time isn't that complicated after all. There are clear steps for you to take which allows you to choose between the routine application process and an expedited one. Once you've gone through these steps, you'll no longer need to be daunted by the prospect of getting an American Passport.

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