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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