Passport information

The first step in planning a trip outside the United States is obtaining a U.S. passport. To avoid increased fees of an expedited passport service, be sure to submit your application in a timely manner.

First-time applicants:

You must apply in person at a post office, library, or passport agency if:

  • You’re applying for your first passport
  • Your expired passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Your expired passport was issued when you were age 15 or younger

Required documents for first-time applicants:

  • Two identical 2x2-inch passport photos (Passport photos are available at any AAA Travel branch: $8 plus tax to members, $15 plus tax to non-members)1
  • Completed passport application1
  • Certified U.S. birth certificate
  • Proof of identity (such as a driver’s license or government-issued ID)
  • Check, money order, or credit card payment of $135 for citizens ages 16 and older, or $105 for ages 15 and younger

Expedited requests:

For an additional $60, plus two-way overnight delivery charges2, applicants can obtain a passport in approximately two weeks. For emergency service, applicants must apply in person at a passport agency and show proof of imminent travel (airline tickets).

For expedited service, send the required documents (see above) and a check in the amount of $195 (for citizens 16 and older), or $165 (for ages 15 and younger) to:

Expedited Service
P.O. Box 90955
Philadelphia, PA 19190

Passport renewal:

Your expired or soon-to-expire passport can be renewed by mail if:

  • It was issued within the last 15 years
  • Your passport is in good condition
  • You were age 16 or older when it was issued
  • Your name has not changed, or you can legally document your name change

For passport renewals, complete the application, and mail it, along with two identical passport photos, your most recent U.S. passport, a marriage certificate or court order if your name has changed, and a check or money order in the amount of $110 to:

The National Passport Processing Center
P.O. Box 90155
Philadelphia, PA 19190

Please note that submitting incorrect passport fees can delay the processing of an application.

Visit U.S. Department of State for further details, or call the State Department’s National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778, Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, EST. In addition to passport information, the U.S. Department of State also provides information on Canada and Mexico border crossing requirements.


1Additional taxes may apply; Passport fees and applications are subject to change without notice and at any time.

2You will be billed separately for overnight and expedited delivery fees by the carrier.