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The DS-11 New Passport Application
Passport applicants can begin the new passport process with the DS-11 New Passport Application. Another key point, you may complete this application for a U.S. Passport by hand or by using the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Wizard.
Who needs a DS-11 New Passport Application?
The DS-11 New Passport Application is for ALL applicants who are applying for a first time passport. It also applies to applicants who need to submit an application for a lost/stolen/damaged replacement passport.
Applicants who are 15 years old and younger will receive a child (minor) passport, which is valid for 5 years. Important to realize, you cannot renew a child passport. Each time, you must apply for a new child passport until the applicant is 16 years old or older. Once the applicant is 16 years old or older, he or she will need to follow the instructions for a new adult passport.
Applicants who are 16 and older will get the adult passport, which is valid for 10 years. The DS-11 New Passport Application usually takes 4-6 weeks for processing. In some cases, you will need to submit additional documents depending on the passport type you need. For additional help in determining which passport type you need, please view our fast passport flow chart.
What is the Passport Wizard?
You may use the Passport Wizard as it provides you with a typed application upon completion. As a result, your DS-11 New Passport Application will be much more legible when it is typed rather than handwritten. Plus, there is less likelihood of errors when using the Passport Wizard.
Moreover, we created a helpful ‘step-by-step’ guide to using the Passport Wizard to create your DS-11 New Passport Application. Click here to view the Passport Wizard DS-11 Application Guide
Passports Online strives to provide U.S. Passport Applicants with helpful information to make the new passport application process as easy as possible. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us.
What are the fees for the DS-11 New Passport Application?
Of course, the fees for a passport depend on many factors.
- New Adult Passports cost $110 for the passport book, plus a $25 execution fee to the acceptance agent (paid separately).
- Child Passports cost $80 for the passport book, plus a $25 execution fee to the acceptance agent (paid separately).
For a more detailed breakdown, please visit our page: Passport Fees Explained.
NOTE: A passport acceptance facility is usually the post office or county clerk. Please click here to find an acceptance agent near you.
Where do I apply for the DS-11 New Passport Application?
All in all, there are more than 8,000 passport acceptance facilities across the nation. Do a search of the locations nearest you and check the hours of operation. While many county clerks have walk-in hours, some post offices may require an appointment.
In either case, we highly recommend checking a few locations to find the best fit for your schedule.