I haven’t left the country since I was 5. I have no plans to travel any time soon but if the opportunity wants to present itself I definitely want to be in the position to be ready.
I don’t know if you guys know this but it could take 4-6 weeks from the time an application is submitted for your passport to arrive. Assuming you’d want to pay the minimum cost that is.
Standard processing time cost me $165 for a Passport book and card. I guess technically one does not need a passport card but I rather have both just in case. A passport book is good for travel by air, land, or sea whereas the passport card is only valid for seaports and land border crossings.
So… now I wait. I’m glad I got it started any way. That is one less thing I’d have to worry about.
How to acquire a US Passport
- You will need proof of citizenship (e.g.birth certificate)
- You will also need Two photographs (I got mine taken at Walgreens)
You can also do this yourself, but I did not want to risk doing it wrong in any way.
- Then you will also need to provide a valid ID (e.g. driver’s license)
If you are applying for your passport for the first time here is a link that you may find useful: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/first-time.html
I saved myself some time and printed off the form required to be filled out (they will have you fill out the same form when you get there so might as well get it done in advanced. http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212239.pdf
The adult passport book ($110) is all you really need but if you plan on traveling by car or by sea you can get away with just having a passport card ($30).
For more pricing information you can get them here: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/fees.html