How to get a US Passport

How to get a US Passport


As summer approaches, many families look to travel to exotic or foreign destinations. A key requirement for many of these locations is to have a valid passport. For adults, a US passport is good for 10 years while youth have a 5 years usability period. You are issued a passport based on your citizenship. The following is some key information to obtain a US passport:


Complete the US Passport Form

The first step in getting a passport is to complete either form DS-11 or DS-82. The way to determine which form to use is dependent on if you are an adult renewing your passport and eligible to use form DS-82. If not, you use form DS-11. These forms are available at


Collect Documentation

Besides the form, you will need some additional documentation. Some types of documentation you may need are these:

  • Citizenship evidence
  • Identification
  • Proof of relationship (for children under 16)
  • Prior Passport

The exact items you need are on the passport website and described with your form.


Take a Very Specific Photo

With your application for an original or renewing your passport, you need to send a 2×2 photo. There are specific requirements for this photo. It’s safetst to go to an authorized passport photo center in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles area like Mail Boxes Times.


Pay the Fee

One of the last things you need is to figure out before you send the paperwork is to calculate the fee. This can be done at as several factors impact the amount.


Mail It

Upon having everything, mail it in for processing. You should allow 4-6 weeks for processing and 2-3 weeks if you use expedited processing. Keep this in mind with regards to your travel plans.

Once you are ready to proceed, come to Mail Boxes Times to get your passport photo needs taken care of. Also, if you have questions or would like to open a private mailbox, contact Mailboxes Times.