U.S. Department of State
APPLICATION FOR A U.S. PASSPORT
PLEASE DETACH AND RETAIN THIS INSTRUCTION SHEET FOR YOUR RECORDS.
FOR INFORMATION, QUESTIONS, AND INQUIRIES: Please visit our website at travel.state.gov. In addition,
you can contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) toll–free at 1–877–487–2778 (TDD: 1–888–
874–7793) or by e–mail at NPIC@state.gov. Customer Service Representatives are available M–F, 6AM–12 Midnight
Eastern Time (excluding federal holidays). Automated information is available 24/7.
U.S. PASSPORTS, EITHER IN BOOK OR CARD FORMAT, ARE ISSUED ONLY TO U.S. CITIZENS OR NON–CITIZEN NATIONALS. EACH PERSON
MUST OBTAIN HIS OR HER OWN PASSPORT BOOK OR PASSPORT CARD. THE PASSPORT CARD IS A U.S. PASSPORT ISSUED IN CARD FORMAT.
LIKE THE TRADITIONAL PASSPORT BOOK, IT REFLECTS THE BEARER’S ORIGIN, IDENTITY, AND NATIONALITY AND IS SUBJECT TO EXISTING
PASSPORT LAWS AND REGULATIONS. UNLIKE THE PASSPORT BOOK, THE PASSPORT CARD IS VALID ONLY FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BY
LAND OR SEA BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO, THE CARIBBEAN AND BERMUDA. IT IS NOT GLOBALLY INTEROPERABLE AND
IS NOT VALID FOR TRAVEL BY AIR TO OR FROM ANY FOREIGN DESTINATION.
APPLICANTS WHO HAVE HAD A PREVIOUS U.S. PASSPORT BOOK AND/OR U.S. PASSPORT CARD
If your most recent passport book and/or passport card was issued less than 15 years ago and you were over 16 years old at
the time of issuance, you may be eligible to use Form DS–82 (mail–in or electronic application). Please inquire about eligibility
when you apply, visit our website, or contact NPIC. Address any requests for the addition of visa pages to a Passport Agency or
a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad. In advance of your departure, check for any visa requirements with consular officials of the
countries you will be visiting.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN
• AS DIRECTED BY PUBLIC LAW 106–113 AND 22 CFR 51.28:
To submit an application for a child under age 16 both parents or the child’s l