Apply For a Passport

Apply For a Passport in Person

Applicants must appear in person to request a NEW passport. To fill out an application online, click here.

  1. Fill out the passport application (Form DS-11). 
  2. Submit Proof of U.S. citizenship with one of the following:
    • Previously issued U.S. passport, if issued less than 15 years ago.
    • Certified copy of a birth certificate.
    • Naturalization Certificate.
    • Certificate of Citizenship.
(Note: California birth abstracts, hospital certificates and baptismal certificates cannot be used in place of birth certificates. Click here for a state-by-state listing of where to obtain a certified birth certificate. If you were born in Orange County, click here for information on ordering a certified copy.)
  1. Submit a passport photograph. Two photographs need to be submitted if applying for both a passport and passport card at the same time. Applicants may purchase photos from the Clerk-Recorder Department.
  2. Show identification with one of the following:
    • Driver's license
    • Military I.D.
    • Department of Motor Vehicles I.D.
    • Employment badge (if it has a photograph, signature, issue and expiration date).
    • A parent with one of these forms of identification may identify a child younger than 16
  3. Submit plain copies on 8½ x 11 white paper of both the front and back of the identification you present.
(Note: If the primary identification is from out of state, such as a driver's license, secondary identification is required. Please include copies of both the front and back of the identification. For more information on secondary identifications, please visit travel.state.gov.)

New Passport Applications For a Person Between the Ages of 16 and 17

Applicants between the ages of 16 and 17 must appear in person to request a NEW passport. A parent/guardian may need to provide consent for their child to receive a passport. If the applicant does not have identification, a parent/guardian may present their identification on behalf of their child. To fill out an application online, click here.

  1. Fill out the passport application (Form DS-11).
  2. Submit proof of U.S. citizenship with one of the following:
  3. Submit a passport photograph. Two photographs need to be submitted if applying for both a passport and passport card at the same time. Applicants may purchase photos from the Clerk-Recorder Department.

New Passport Applications For a Person 15 Years or Younger

Applicants ages 15 years or younger must appear in person and must be accompanied by the parent/guardian. To fill out an application online, click here.

  1. Fill out the passport application (Form DS-11)
  2. Attach proof of U.S. Citizenship to your application. The may be proven with one of the following:
    • U.S. Birth Certificate
    • Previous U.S. passport
    • Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240)
    • Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350)
    • Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  3. Present Evidence of Child’s Relationship to Parents/Guardians with:
    • Certified Foreign Birth Certificate (with parents’ names and translation, if necessary)
    • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (with parents’ names)
    • Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) (with parent’s names)
    • Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) (with parent’s names)
    • Adoption Decree (with adopting parents’ names)
    • Court Order establishing custody/guardianship
  4. Show Parental Identification
  5. Present Parental Permission Documentation
    • Both parents must appear together and sign
    • One parent appears, signs, and submits second parent's notarized statement of consent
    • One parent appears, signs, and submits evidence of sole authority to apply on behalf of the child
  6. Submit a passport photograph.
  7. Pay passport fees (See Passport Fees).