Applying for a US Passport

US Passport for New Citizens

Congratulations on becoming a U.S. citizen!  You will need to apply for a U.S. passport in order to depart and return to the U.S. when traveling abroad.

Because you have never had a U.S. passport, you must apply in person, using the DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport. Please visit the U.S. Department of State web page First Time Applicants for information on application requirements, application fees, and where to apply.

Special Requirements:

Entry Requirements of Foreign Countries

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. and Canadian travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. It is a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA).

To learn more about WHTI, travel document requirements, and Trusted Traveler Programs, please visit the DHS Customs and Border Protection’s WHTI homepage.

Whether traveling by air, traveling by land, traveling by sea or a “closed-loop” cruise, adults and children must comply with certain passport requirements.  Learn more here.


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