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The Simple And Straightforward Guide To Getting A New U.S. Passport

By Ben Pate

While there are several places you can go to get all the information you need to acquire a passport, getting all the requirements straight can be stressful. We are here to simplify the instructions for you because getting a passport is not something you want to delay. It can be as much as three months before you receive your new passport so let’s get started and remember, there is nothing easier than using an online American passport service.

1. The first thing you need to do is pick up the passport application forms from the post office of download one from an online passport service.

2. After completion of a downloaded application, print it on white, matte finished paper 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

3. Documentation of your United States citizenship is required so be ready to provide a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, international birth record or certificate of citizenship. You must provide an original as copies are not accepted.

4. Next, you will have to prove your identity. There are also a few ways you can do this. Among them are: a valid driver’s license, a previously issued, undamaged passport, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship, or a government or military identification.

5. Next, you will need to provide two passport photos and these are taken at your local post office, professional photographic studio or even at several drug stores that are providing photo developing services. You must wear normal daily attire, be sure your eyes are open and wear nothing on your head. The background should be while or off-white and the photo of your neck and head must be centered and free of distorting shadows. Remember to present a natural facial expression when taking this photo.

6. You will have to provide your social security number.

7. Ensure that you have an adequate amount of money in order to pay for your passport and the service fees that go a long with it. A passport itself costs $100, but depending on where you go and if you want to get an expedited delivery service, the cost can be more.

8. You application can be taken to your post office or court house or submitted online. Be sure to consider how soon you need it when determining your need for an expedited passport service.

Well, it might sound like a lot of red tape but getting a passport is easy, especially if you use an online passport service. In review, fill out your passport application forms, provide proof of citizenship and identity, get your passport photos, submit your application with payment and start planning your next trip.

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Pate, Ben "The Simple And Straightforward Guide To Getting A New U.S. Passport." The Simple And Straightforward Guide To Getting A New U.S. Passport. 3 Jul. 2010. 14 Feb 2016 <>.

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