Proof of Identity Requirement

Proof of Identity is a requirement for a U.S. Passport. In other words, you cannot skip or avoid this step. The proof of identity requirement is handled by your local passport acceptance facility.

Proof of Identity Requirement

  • You must present a primary ID to your Acceptance Agent. The ID must be issued less than 6 months ago from the application date to satisfy the proof of identity requirement during the passport application process.
  • Be sure to provide a copy of the legal document to show the name change, if your proof of identity and legal name do not match.
  • You’ll need to provide as many forms of identification as possible, if your ID issue date was less than 6 months ago.
    • However, the U.S. Department of State may still ask for additional proof of ID.

Primary Forms of Identification

Proof of Identity Requirement
Previous U.S. Passport Book or Card


Naturalization Certificate


Driver’s License Older Than 6 Months


Government ID: City, State or Federal


Military ID

 


 

Secondary Identification Documents

Next, you may provide Secondary Identification Documents, if you do not have all of the primary identification documents listed above. For example, here is a short list of secondary identification documents:

  • In-state,valid non-driver identification card.
  • Out-of-state driver’s license.
  • Out-of-state non-driver identification card.
  • Social Security card.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the U.S. Department of State will accept these documents, so make sure you supply as many as possible.

NOTE: Lastly, documents with your photograph, signature and/ or physical description are particularly helpful.

 


School Yearbook Photograph


Employment Identification Card


Government Identification Card


Student Identification Card


Driver’s License


Military Record


Selective Service Registration Card


Union Membership Card


Professional License


Immunization Record


Health Insurance Card


Welfare card


Marriage Certificates or Divorce Decree


Academic Transcripts


Insurance records


Expired passport


Overseas Birth Record


Religious Records


Voter Registration Card


Tax Documents


Bank Statement


Miscellaneous ID Cards


Medical Card


Birth Certificate with Parents Listed


Mortgage, Lease, or Rental Agreement

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