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Use then when getting a new passport for the first time.

DS-11 Passport Application

  • Complete and print 2 copies (Single-Sided Only) of the Online Government Passport Application Form DS-11
  • Hand-written applications are NOT accepted
  • Ensure bar codes (DS-11 B) are located at the bottom right hand corner of pages 1 & 2

Passport Photo

  • Color photo must be 2 x 2 inches and have a white background and be professionally taken within the past 6 months
  • No uniforms or headgear, as well as, no white shirt
  • Eyeglasses are no longer allowed to be worn in passport photos
  • You could use the Passport Photo Creator mobile app. You can pick up your photos at your nearest Walgreens

Proof of U.S. Citizenship

  • Must be an original or certified copy with a raised or embossed seal of an U.S. Birth Certificate (with both parents names on it)
  • An original Naturalization Certificate is acceptable
  • A Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree is required if the applicant's last name has changed
  • An expired Passport can serve as Proof of US Citizenship

Proof of Identification

  • A valid copy of ID that has been issued more than 6 months ago must be included (front & back copy)
  • ID can be a Drivers License, State ID, Military ID, or any Gov't ID. Paper, Learner's Permits and temporary licenses are not acceptable

Government Fees

  • The amount of the check will be $170 for the Passport Book only or $200 for a Book and Card. Make the check payable to the "US Department of State"
  • A pre-printed name and address must be located in the upper left hand corner (it cannot be a starter or temporary check)
  • Ensure that the applicant's full name and date of birth is written in the memo section of the check or money order

Travel Itinerary

  • Most commonly used itineraries are airline, cruise & hotel reservations
  • A business letter on Original Company Letterhead can be used in lieu of travel itinerary
  • The travel itinerary and DS-11 application dates must match and include the applicant's name. Print 2 copies

Letter of Authorization

  • This Letter gives RushMyPassport permission to represent you at the U.S. Department of State
  • One copy must be included within your sealed documents. An additional copy must be inside your FedEx package
  • Ensure that the Courier Company Name is printed as it appears at the top of that page. This will help avoid processing delays. Hand print and sign in black ink only. Print out two copies

Sealed Envelope - Passport Acceptance Agency Visit

  • DO NOT visit the passport acceptance agent before calling our office for the letter of authorization
  • The documents will be witnessed, signed & sealed at a Courthouse or local Post Office for a fee of $35.00
  • For a list of Passport Acceptance Agencies in your area please visit

Pre-paid Overnight Shipping Label

  • The Pre-paid Overnight Shipping Label is included in the Step 2 email, along with the Letter of Authorization form
  • Print this label and place on the outside of an overnight shipping envelope

Required Second Copies

  • DS-11 application
  • Letter of Authorization
  • Travel Itinerary