If you are a first-time applicant or your previous passport was issued more than 15 years ago, you must appear in person. You can find passport acceptance facilities on the travel.state.gov website.
It is mandatory that applicants, under the age of 16, appear with both parents/legal guardians. If one parent is absent, the applying parent must present a notarized consent document, or court document proving sole custody, or a death certificate.
Applicants 16 to 17 years old can apply on their own if they have a valid government-issued identification such as a Driver’s License or Identification Card, however it is recommended at least one parent accompany the applicant for parental awareness.
Take these six items with you to your appointment:
Evidence of U.S. citizenship in the form of one of the following:
Previous U.S. Passport
Certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
Certificate of Naturalization
Current, valid driver’s license
Government ID: city, state, or federal
Military ID: military and dependents
Take one (1) color passport photo, 2" x 2" in size, taken within the past six (6) months.
Click to view Passport Fees issued by the U.S. Department of State.
Most renewals can be done by mail. If you have a passport that was issued less than 15 years ago and you were at least 16 years old when it was issued, you may be able to submit a self-service renewal. Please visit the U.S. Department of State - Passports by Mail page to see if you qualify to use the service.