You can apply for everything from a credit card to a driver’s license via the Internet these days. But how do you apply for a passport online?
Unfortunately, the Department of State’s procedures do not allow you to complete the entire passport application process online. If you’re applying for a passport renewal, you’ll have to use snail mail to send the documents in. If you’re applying for a new passport, a visit to a passport office is in your future.
This may seem inconvenient, but it does guard against passport fraud. However, there are a variety of online resources available that make the passport application process easier.
Online Passport Application Forms
Passport application forms are available online for new passport applications, passport renewals, corrections, adding pages and more. You can either print copies of the form to fill out by hand or fill them out online and print them. Either way, remember to sign the forms by hand where requested and to use a black ink pen.
Locating Passport Offices
Some passport renewals can be handled by mail, but other passport situations require you to apply in person at a passport office. To help you locate the nearest office, the Department of State has a handy search page that allows you to search by zip code or by city and state.
Ordering Documents Online
If you need a copy of your birth certificate to include with your application as proof of citizenship, you can order online from Vitalchek in order to save yourself a trek to the Department of Vital Records where you were born. There are a range of shipping options available if you need your documents in a hurry.
Expedited Passports Online
Regular passport processing takes about six weeks. Expedited service is available through the State Department for an additional $60 fee, but even if you choose this option you should allow at least three weeks to receive your passport.
If you need faster passport service and you don’t want to travel to one of the country’s 24 regional passport agency locations, you can apply online with a service like RushMyPassport.com. We walk you through the paperwork one step at a time, and then hand-deliver it to the Department of State for processing in as little as 24 hours. With super-fast shipping through FedEx, you get your passport ASAP and can track your package every step of the way.
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