What You Need to Know About Passport Application Forms

What You Need to Know About Passport Application Forms

What You Need to Know About Passport Application Forms

Did you know there are several passport applications used for particular circumstances? For example, you would use a different form to apply for your first passport than reporting a lost passport. Here’s an overview of the most common passport application forms. You’ll learn when it’s appropriate to use each document and what information you need to provide with each, so you can minimize mistakes and get your passport as quickly as possible.

Passport Application Forms: DS-11, DS-82, DS-64, DS-5504, DS-86

When it comes to filling out passport applications, it’s essential to read the instructions carefully. These are the most common forms for passport applications and renewals. Learn when you should use each document.

US Passport Application – DS-11

You would use Form DS-11 for a first-time passport application. If your passport has been lost or stolen, or your current passport is expiring, you cannot use the DS-11. You would only fill out Form DS-11 if you’re:

  • Applying for your first passport
  • Applying for a child under age 16*

*If applying for a child under age 16, make sure to follow the additional requirements regarding the child’s parents or legal guardians.

Along with the DS-11, you must submit the following items for a first-time passport application:

  1. Proof of Identity
  2. Proof of US Citizenship
  3. Recent Color Photograph
  4. Applicable passport fees**

Note: Please reference the DS-11 Application for further instruction on what qualifies for proof of citizenship and identity and photograph requirements.

US Passport Renewal – DS-82

You would use Form DS-82 for passport renewals–if you meet its criteria. You may request a passport renewal if your current passport is near expiration, or you have recently experienced a certified name change. The form includes a checklist of qualification questions you must answer “yes” to complete:

  • Can you submit your most recent passport with the application?
  • Were you 16 or older when you received your current passport?
  • Was your most recent passport issued less than 15 years ago?
  • Is your current passport without damage or mutilation?
  • Is your current passport still in your possession, not lost or stolen?

Along with the DS-82, you must submit the following items:

  • Your most recent US passport
  • Appropriate passport fees**
  • A recent, color photograph

**You can calculate applicable passport fees here.

Special Circumstances

If you’re applying or renewing a passport with exceptional circumstances, you may need to complete one of these forms.

✅ Report a Lost or Stolen Passport – DS-64

You must report a lost or stolen passport to guard against identity theft. To report a stolen or lost passport, you must submit Form DS-64 along with Form DS-82 to receive a new passport. You may provide your report in person, online at the Travel State Government site, or by calling 1-877-487-2778 and following the instructions. You may only report a lost or stolen passport by mail if you do not have intentions to request a new passport.

✅ Data Corrections for Passports – DS-5504

You may use Form DS-5504 to request corrections on your passport under strict circumstances. Please read the following scenarios carefully and reference the Travel State Government site for details.

a. If your passport has a printing error, and it’s LESS than one year since passport issuance, you may complete Form DS-5504 to submit via mail with the invalid passport, one color photo, and evidence of the error.
b. If you’re requesting a name change LESS than one year since passport issuance, you may submit Form DS-5504 via mail with your current passport, one color photo, and the original or certified copy of your name change (i.e., marriage certificate).
c. If you need to replace a limited validity passport, which is issued for less than the standard validity period, you may use Form DS-5504 to request a full-validity passport. Learn more.

✅ Never Received US Passport – DS-86

If it has been ten days since your passport shipped and you have not received your passport, you must call the National Passport Information Center. A representative there will help you complete Form DS-86.

Passport Application Methods: In-Person or By Mail

You can apply or renew a passport in person or by mail. If you would prefer to use the mailing method, you must meet specific criteria. When you need a US passport determines where you need to apply.

If you need a passport in less than 3 weeks, you must:

  • Apply in person
  • Make an appointment at your local passport agency
  • Provide proof of travel (i.e., airfare tickets)
  • Pay for expedited services

If you need a passport in less than 6-8 weeks, you have a little more flexibility. You must:

  • Apply in person OR renew by mail
  • Pay for expedited services

If you can wait more than 6-8 weeks for a passport, you’re in luck! More time means you can:

  • Apply in person OR renew by mail
  • Use routine services
  • Forego expedited fees

More time to apply gives you the most flexibility for a passport application or passport renewal.

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Disclaimer of Legal Notice from Travel State Government: False statements made knowingly and willfully in passport applications, including affidavits or other documents submitted to support a passport application, are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment under U.S. law including the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 1001, 18 U.S.C. 1542, and/or 18 U.S.C. 1621. Alteration or mutilation of a passport issued pursuant to a passport application is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 1543. The use of a passport in violation of the restrictions contained herein or of the passport regulations is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment under 18 U.S.C. 1544. All statements and documents are subject to verification.
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