Proof of Identity for a US Passport is a requirement. This step cannot be skipped or avoided. The proof of identity requirement is handled by your local passport acceptance agent. Please read below for more information.

Proof of Identity Requirement

  • A primary ID must be presented to the Acceptance Agent. The ID must be issued less than 6 months ago from the application date. This is to satisfy the proof of identity requirement for passport applicants.
  • Provide a copy of the legal document to show the name change if your ID and legal name do not match.
  • Provide as many forms of ID as possible if your ID issue date is less than six months ago. The U.S. Department of State may still ask for additional proof of ID.

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Previous U.S. Passport Book or Card

Naturalization Certificate

Driver’s License older than six months

Government ID: City, State or Federal

Military ID



Secondary Identification Documents

Secondary Identification Documents can be provided if you do not have the primary identification documents listed above. Unfortunately there is no guarantee the U.S. Department of State will accept these documents so make sure you supply as many as possible. 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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