Apply in Person
The US Department of State mandates that the applicant makes an appearance at a Passport Acceptance Facility if using Form DS-11, and if at least one of the following is true:
- You are applying for your first U.S. passport
- You are under age 16
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
- Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
- Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
A Passport Acceptance Facility is a government agency, such as a Main Branch Post Office or a local Clerk of the Court, which has been given the authority by the Department of State to act on its behalf in assisting US citizens applying for passports. An agent at the Passport Acceptance Facility will check that your application is in proper order and prepare it for submission.
You need to appear before the official in order to pledge an oath that you have faithfully and truthfully completed the application for a US passport. You will be asked to sign the application after having sworn to the oath. Your signature will attest to your having done so. The official will check your state issued ID to verify your signature and physical description.
Your documents will be placed in an envelope and sealed by the Acceptance Agent. This procedure ensures the Department of State that no one has tampered with your application prior to submission. Do not open the envelope!