FAQs regarding Passports

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When do I need to apply for a passport?
How do I obtain a no-fee passport?
When do I have to update no-fee passports?
How do I obtain birth certificates for passport applications?

When do I need to apply for a passport?

Applicants should submit passport applications as soon as possible. If in a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) status, submit the application(s) no later than 14 days after the personal interview in the military personnel office.

How do I obtain a no-fee passport?

When a passport is required for travel on official Government business, the service member and family members must submit a completed DD Form 1056 , completed DSP Form 11 , photographs, and evidence of U.S. citizenship.

For information on No-Fee Passports, including eligibility and the application process, click here .

When do I have to update no-fee passports?

Applications for updating no-fee passports need to be submitted when passports become 3 years old or have 2 years of validity remaining.

How do I obtain birth certificates for passport applications?

Applicants may obtain certified copies of their birth records by writing to the vital statistics office in the state, possession, or other area where they were born. A list of contact information for each state is listed here . The federal government does not provide copies of personal vital records.

For more information regarding the passport application process, necessary documents, fees, where to apply and more, click here.

For passport information specific to the DoD, click here .

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