If you plan to travel internationally, one of the most important things you’ll need is a valid passport. Your passport is your official government-issued identification while traveling abroad; you can enter or exit foreign countries with it. Fortunately, applying for a new passport using form DS-11 is a straightforward process that anyone can do.
In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of filling out form DS-11, the application for a new passport. We’ll explain who fills out the form, how to find it, and how to fill it out step-by-step. We’ll also review the new passport application process, including any supplemental materials you’ll need to bring and how long it typically takes to receive your new passport. So whether you’re a first-time applicant or need to renew an expiring passport, read on to learn everything you need to know about filling out form DS-11 and applying for a new passport.
Who Fills Out the DS-11 Form?
The DS-11 form is filled out by first-time applicants, minors, or adults who have had their previous passports lost, stolen, or damaged. It’s also used by those whose previous passport was issued more than 15 years ago or when they were under 16. You can use the DS-82 form to renew your passport if none of these apply to you.
How to Find the DS-11 Form
The DS-11 form can be found on the official website of the U.S. Department of State. You can either download a printable version or fill out the form online. If you fill it out online, you can print it and bring it to the nearest passport acceptance facility.
How to Fill Out the DS-11 Form
The DS-11 form is a two-page document that requires basic personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and social security number. Here is a step-by-step guide to filling out the DS-11 form.
Section 1: Personal Information
This section asks for your full name, including any aliases or previous names. You’ll also need to provide your date of birth, gender, and social security number. You can leave this field blank if you don’t have a social security number.
Section 2: Passport Type
In this section, you’ll need to choose the type of passport you’re applying for. You’ll also need to indicate whether you’re applying for a passport book, passport card, or both.
Section 3: Travel Plans
In this section, you’ll need to provide information about your travel plans, including the dates of your trip, the countries you’ll be visiting, and the purpose of your trip.
Section 4: Appearance
This section asks for information about your physical appearance, including height, hair color, and eye color.
Section 5: Identification
In this section, you must provide identification documents, such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID. You’ll also need to bring these documents with you when you go to the passport acceptance facility.
Section 6: Contact Information
In this section, you’ll need to provide your current address and contact information, including your phone number and email address.
Section 7: Signature
This section requires your signature, which must be done in the presence of a passport acceptance agent.
New Passport Application Process
Fill out the DS-11 form.
The first step in applying for a new passport is to fill out the DS-11 form online or by downloading and printing it. Make sure to fill out all the required fields accurately.
Gather your supplemental materials.
In addition to the DS-11 form, you’ll need to bring a few supplemental materials to the passport acceptance facility, including:
- Proof of identity: This can be a valid driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or other government-issued identification with your photograph and signature.
- Proof of citizenship: This can be a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, or naturalization certificate.
- One passport photo must be a 2×2 inch photo taken within the last six months. You can get this done at the passport acceptance facility for an additional fee or at a local pharmacy or photo studio. The Passport Office offers passport photo services as well.
- Payment: You must pay the appropriate fees for your passport application. The fees vary depending on the type of passport you’re applying for and whether you need expedited passport processing.
Find a passport acceptance facility.
Passport acceptance facilities throughout the United States, including post offices, courthouses, and government buildings. You can use the State Department’s online passport acceptance facility search tool to find the nearest location.
Submit your application.
Bring your completed DS-11 form, supplemental materials, and payment to the passport acceptance facility. A passport acceptance agent will review your application and collect your materials. You may need to make an appointment beforehand, so check with the facility beforehand.
Wait for processing.
Once you’ve submitted your application, the State Department will process it and mail your new passport. The processing time varies depending on the time of year and the volume of applications received. Right now, processing times are 8-11 weeks. If you need your passport quickly, you can request expedited processing for an additional fee.
Double-check your passport.
When you receive your new passport in the mail, double-check that all the information is correct, including your name, date of birth, and expiration date. Make sure to sign the passport on the designated line and keep it in a safe place.
Consider Applying for an Expedited Passport through The Passport Office
If you need your passport quickly, expedited processing is available for an additional fee through the State Department.
However, consider applying through The Passport Office, a private company specializing in expediting passport applications for an even faster turnaround.
We offer same-day, 24-hour, and 3-day processing! With a little preparation and attention to detail, you’ll soon be on your way to obtaining a new passport and embarking on your next international adventure.