National passports are essential for travel overseas. If you can prove your citizenship and identity, then you can apply for a passport in your country of citizenship.
|How to Apply for a Passport|
Applying for a US Passport1. Download and print a copy of the Department of State passport application (DS-11). You can find the form at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212239.pdf? You can also collect a form from most US post office locations.
2. Fill out the form in black pen. Wait until you have your passport appointment to sign it. You must include your social security number to be considered for a passport.
3. Find evidence of US citizenship and photocopy it. Acceptable forms include a previously issued US passport, a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, naturalization certificate or consular certificate of birth. You must bring the original and one photocopy to your passport appointment.
4. Copy a form of valid photo identification. This can be a driver’s license, state-issued identification card, military ID or government ID. You should bring the original and a photocopy to your passport appointment.
5. Take your 2 by 2 inch (51 by 51 mm) passport photo. Most stores with photo services take these photos according to US government regulations. They must be in color, on a white backdrop, wearing regular clothing, looking straight at the camera with both eyes open.
Print two copies to bring to your passport appointment.
6. Find your nearest local passport acceptance facility. Use the State Department’s search tool at http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/. Call or go online to make a passport appointment if it is necessary.
You can also inquire at your local post office. Many USPS locations accept passport applications.
7. Decide your form of payment for your passport fee. An adult passport costs approximately $135, with additional options for expediting shipment and purchasing a passport card for use in Mexico and Canada. You can use credit card, check or money order.
8. Present your application, passport photo, proof of citizenship, photo ID and passport fee at your passport appointment. Sign your application in the presence of your passport agent. Retain your original copies and submit your photocopies. Wait 2 to 12 weeks to receive your passport.
Applying for a Canadian Passport1. Download the Canadian passport application. Go to http://passport.gc.ca/form/pdfs/pptc153.pdf to get the online form.
2. Print it out and fill it in using blue or dark blue ink and capital letters. You can also type the information onto the form and then print it out on your computer. Fill out the 3 application pages within 12 months.
3. Ask a guarantor to fill out the fourth page. A guarantor is a Canadian citizen over the age of 18 who can vouch for your identity. They must have a valid Canadian passport issued to them.
4. Find proof of your identity. You will need a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, government ID, United States permanent resident card or a Canadian passport that has been invalid for less than one year.
5. Find citizenship documents. You will need to include an original copy of your birth certificate, citizenship certificate or immigration certificate.
6. Take passport photos. A commercial photographer must take the photos. They must be 70 mm high (2 ¾ inches) and 50 mm wide (2 inches), and your face must be at least 31 mm high (1 ¼ inches).
You must be facing forward on a white background. Your eyes should be open with a neutral expression.
7. Pay a fee of $120 to $160 for an adult passport. Additional charges apply for people shipping the passport to the US or applying from the US. You can submit payment by debit card, credit card, certified check or money order.
8. Submit your signed application fee, passport photos, documents and fee by mail to “Passport Canada Program, Gatineau QC K1A 0G3, Canada” or in person at Passport Canada Office. Search for an office using this tool http://passport.gc.ca/service/index.aspx?lang=eng&chkPPTC=on.
Applying for a UK Passport1. Pick up a passport application at your local post office location. You can also complete the initial application online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport. Plan to submit your application four or more weeks in advance of overseas travel.
2. Fill out the passport application with ink and capital letters. If you are filling out the form online, you will be asked a series of questions and you must type in your personal details.
The sections you fill in will depend upon your age, the country where you were born and other factors. Read the notes on the application very carefully.
3. Find an original copy of your UK citizenship, including a birth certificate that includes parents’ names and places of birth. You must also provide original marriage and/or divorce certificates. You will also be asked to submit your parents’ birth certificates and/or marriage certificate if you were born after January 1, 1983.
4. Take an adequate passport photograph. You will need two copies of a full color, full-face photo with a white background. The size must be 45 by 35 mm (1.77 by 1.38 inches).
5. Find a counter signatory. This is a British citizen who has known you for at least two years. They must fill out the counter signatory section and write, “I certify that this is a true likeness of (insert name)” alongside a signature and date.
6. Submit your application form online and wait to receive a copy in the mail. You must wait to receive it and sign it to submit your final application to HM Passport Office. If you are filling it out yourself, you can continue with the application process.
7. Bring a form of payment. An adult British passport costs £72.50. It can be submitted by debit card, credit card, check or postal order.
8. Go to the Post Office’s Check and Send Passport Office. Find a service at http://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder. For a fee of £9, the post office will check the passport for errors and submit it.
Send the passport application by mail with your supporting documents, either using this service or using the pre-addressed envelope that came with your passport application.
Your passport will be sent back to you by Royal Mail if it is accepted. Applications usually take three to four weeks to be processed.
Applying for an Australian Passport
2. Fill out your application online and then print it out to sign. Make sure to use ink and capital letters if you are filling it out by hand.
3. Take passport photos. Go to the Australia Post to have passports taken or ask a photo outlet to take them for you. You need two copies.
4. Find a guarantor. You will need an Australian citizen over the age of 18 to sign the back of one photo to vouch for your identity. Read your application carefully so that they know what to write and where to sign.
5. Find an original document that proves your citizenship. This could be a birth certificate, an immigration certificate, a previously issued valid passport or a naturalization certificate.
6. Find ID documents. You will need photo proof of your ID, such as a driver’s license, government ID or military ID.
7. Make an appointment for an interview at an Australia Post location to submit your application and prove your identity. Find a location at http://auspost.com.au/pol/app/locate/post-office/australian-passport The interview should take about 5 minutes.
8. Pay $244 to $366 to submit your application. Payments can be made by credit card, electronic funds transfer or cash at the time of your appointment.