Instructions and Pricing
If you are a first-time applicant or your previous passport was issued more than 15 years ago, you must appear in person and complete a passport application (Form DS-11) using black ink. Do not sign the application until requested to do so. It is mandatory that applicants under the age of 16 appear with both parents or legal guardians. If one parent is absent, the applying parent must present a notarized consent document, or court document proving sole custody, or a death certificate. Applicants, 16 to 17 years old, must appear with one parent who can present acceptable picture identification as noted below.
You will need to bring the following:
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
You need proof of United States citizenship in the form of:
- Previous U.S. Passport; or
- Certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate; or
- Certificate of Naturalization
Photocopies of these documents are not acceptable. Applicants under 16 years of age, using a previous passport or Certificate of Citizenship must also provide the certified birth certificate to prove parental relationship.
Special notice - California birth abstracts are no longer acceptable - passport applicants born in California must submit long form photo reproduction certified copies of birth records.
One Passport Photo
Photo must be in color, two inches by two inches in size with a white or off-white background, taken within the last six months. Photograph should be taken in normal street attire; uniforms, or clothing that looks like a uniform, cannot be worn in the photo. The City of Orange provides passport photo services at $14 per applicant.
Must include a picture that is a good likeness of you, such as:
- Valid driver's license; or
- California ID card; or
- Military ID card; or
- Naturalization Certificate issued within the last year
|16 and over
|15 and under
Routine processing time is approximately six weeks.
For expedited service, add an additional $60 to the passport fee to obtain your passport in approximately 3 weeks. You are strongly urged to pay the overnight delivery fee for express mail delivery both ways.
Travelers departing within 2 weeks must make an appointment with the Los Angeles Passport Agency at 1-877-487-2778 (24 hour appointment scheduling system) or use the U.S. Department of State's new Online Appointment System.
Passport cards are available for residents of border communities and are only valid for land and sea crossing between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Please call for fee information or visit the U.S. Department of State website.