Helpful Resources

Whether it's your first time applying, you need to renew, or want to get a passport for your child, the resources below will prepare you to apply for a new U.S. passport. We encourage you to carefully read and follow all instructions to avoid delays in processing.

Follow these steps to process your

NEW PASSPORT

New Passport Instruction Video.

Watch Video (9:51)

Watch the instruction video.

Please watch the instruction video above.

Complete Passport Application Form

Complete and print the online application form DS-11 now by clicking on the link below.

Complete DS-11 Form
  • Do Not sign this form now

  • Do Not mail this form to the National Passport Center but to APVI

  • After completing and printing this form, please close the window and return to the passport instructions

Download Checklist.

Download your document checklist to help you organize the list of requirements.

Download Checklist
  1. The electronically completed DS-11 application. (Completed on Step 1)

  2. Proof of U.S. Citizenship (click here for list of examples)

  3. Proof of Identity (click here for list of examples)

  4. Proof of Travel (click here for list of examples)

  5. One Passport Picture (click here for a sample picture)

  6. Government Fees/Payments; Check payable to "US Department of State" for $170 if applying for a Passport Book Only and $200 if applying for a Passport Book and a Passport Card

  7. Authorization Letter and shipping label. These two will be emailed to you shortly by your case manager and are required for processing your application

APVI will contact you.

You will be contacted by a Passport Specialist in the next 60 minutes (within business hours),
if you do not hear from us, please call (800) 766-0452

You must call in order to receive all additional documents and mailing instructions.

Visit an Acceptance Agent (AA).

After collecting all the documents, you must appear in person before a designated Post Office or Court House where your passport application will be authorized by a local Government Official called: Acceptance Agent (AA).

 

Find an Acceptance Facility: http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/

 

Inform the (AA) that you are using an expediting service to "Hand Carry" your passport application to the Government for processing.

Download AA Reference Guide and take it with you to the post office in the event that AA is unfamiliar with the Executive Application Policy.

Download Agent Reference Guide

 

The (AA) will then:

  1. Ask you to sign the DS-11 Form.

  2. Add his signature to the DS-11.

  3. Check your ID

  4. Ask for all the Documents you have collected and seal them into an envelope using an official seal or stamp.

Important: It is acceptable if the (AA) insists on not sealing into the envelope one or more items collected in Step 1. But make sure to attach those items to the sealed envelope.

Very Important: Make sure the (AA) returns the sealed envelope to you so that you can mail it directly to APVI.

 

Once the sealed envelope is handed to you, please write your:

  1. First and Last Name.

  2. Date of Birth.

  3. Date of Departure

Important: Please send the sealed envelope to APVI as soon as it is sealed. The seal on the envelope expires after four business days.

Ship your Application using FedEx.

Please send the sealed envelope with all the required documents to our office using the APVI provided FedEx air bill.

 

Fedex

 

That's all, you are done! We will take care of everything else.