If you’re getting your first passport and need some help along the way, there’s no better place to start than with Travel Visa Pro. Rather than navigating the paperwork and appointments you’ll need to make for a first-time application, our travel experts can take the reins and work on your behalf.
Do you know what documentation you’ll need to apply for your first passport? Form DS-11, one color passport-sized photograph (available at Travel Visa Pro offices or most pharmacies), a photo ID, proof of US citizenship (usually a birth certificate), and $145 in fees – $110 for the application, $35 for the execution fee – in the form of a check or money order payable to the US Department of State.
By authorizing a third-party agency like Travel Visa Pro to file the passport application on your behalf, we can present all of the documents in person to the nearest regional passport agency. If you have any questions about different types of photo IDs and proof of citizenship that are accepted, contact your nearest Travel Visa Pro office.
Feel free to contact our passport experts at 1-833-TVP-VISA (887-8472)
When can I expect my first passport?
Good question. Unlike passport renewals which can be done by mail, first-time passport applications can only be processed in person at a regional passport agency or directly through the US Department of State. Though this makes the wait time a little shorter, getting an appointment and taking the time to visit in person can be a reasonable deterrent for busy travelers or those unfamiliar how to start taking their first holiday abroad.
That’s where Travel Visa Pro steps in. In some cases we’re able to get our clients their first passport within eight hours, provided they live within reach of one of our nine offices across the US and make an appointment with us in the morning. For those less rushed, our services include getting a passport by the next business day, within two days, within the week, and within a few weeks. We can work with your timetable to make sure you make that flight with a new passport in hand!
What else do I need to know?
There are some circumstances in which you’ll have to go through the same process as those applying for a passport for the first time. For instance, if you have held a passport before, but it was issued more than 15 years ago, you no longer qualify for a standard renewal. If you’re in your late teens or early 20s and are looking to renew a passport issued before you were 16, you’ll have to use Form DS-11 as well.
In addition, the US Department of State requires that the name on your passport reflect your current legal name. If you have paperwork showing the circumstances of that change – marriage, divorce, court order – then you may not need to apply for a “first passport”. However, if you have no legal documents to that effect, you must apply like you’re receiving your first passport.
The category “First Time Passport” applies to you, if:
- You are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time.
- Your previous U.S. passport has expired AND was issued more than 15 years ago.
- Your previous passport has expired AND it was issued when you were under 16.
- The name on your passport has changed since it was issued and you do not have a legal document formally changing your name.
Our processing times are given in BUSINESS days and not (calendar days). This excludes Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays!