Tips for applying for a U.S. passport

Acquiring a valid U.S. passport can be a long process, but it doesn’t always have to be. According to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, the process can be fairly simple for those looking to get a U.S. passport in a timely manner. According to the source, in addition to regular application fees, the individual can pay an additional $60 as well as overnight delivery costs to receive their passport within a few days.

Prior to mailing the form, the individual is able to request expedited service, however, they must clearly mark “EXPEDITE” on the outside of the envelope. Since the forms contain extremely sensitive information, it is suggested that applicants use a traceable delivery method. Any form is able to be expedited, whether it is a first-time application, a renewal or amendments to an existing passport, the individual needs to make sure all of the appropriate forms are within the envelope.

Individuals who need assistance in filing their application for a passport may want to look into local events that will help them with the process. Local libraries and community halls are common spots for passport assistance events, so individuals should check out bulletin boards, newspapers and websites in their community for these types of services.

For example, residents in Millburn, New Jersey, seeking a U.S. passport are invited to attend the Millburn Free Public Library on August 27 from 2 to 8 p.m. In order to properly apply or reapply for the passport, individuals must be able to present a current form of identification that is less than five years past the expiration date. However, the county will not be accepting renewal applications from adults.

At the Millburn event, applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by at least one parent and must also possess a valid driver’s license. Children under the age of 15 must have both of their parents with them, and if one of their parents is unable to be in attendance, the family must have the absent parent’s valid proof of U.S. citizenship on their person as well as a valid copy of their passport.

Each of the individuals applying must have their valid birth certificate with them or their naturalization forms with them. If the individual is reapplying for a passport must be able to surrender their former copy.

Prior to mailing the form, the individual is able to request expedited service, however, they must clearly mark “EXPEDITE” on the outside of the envelope. Since the forms contain extremely sensitive information, it is suggested that applicants use a traceable delivery method. Any form is able to be expedited, whether it is a first-time application, a renewal or amendments to an existing passport, the individual just needs to make sure all of the forms are contained within the envelope.