“How to get a passport?” It is worth being prepared for all kinds of trips and travels. You also need to remember that it takes some time to get your passport. Therefore, we answer the basic questions: how to get a passport, where to apply, what documents should be prepared and how much the passport costs.

How to get a passport

First you need to submit an application at the passport point. 

According to the regulations, an application for a passport can be submitted at any passport point in the country, and abroad to the consul, regardless of the place of residence. You must be of legal age to apply for a passport yourself. An application for a passport can only be submitted by a person who wants to receive this document. 

The passport application must be submitted in person, as fingerprints will also be taken. One of the parents or legal guardians is allowed to submit the application – if the other parent or guardian will agree to this and confirm it in writing.

getting a passport

Passport application

Together with the passport application (Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport) you must attach:

  • color photo – not older than 6 months, photo size is 35 mm (width) x 45 mm (height)
  • proof of payment
  • Valid passport (if we already have one) or ID card (if we don’t have a passport)
  • a shortened or complete copy of the marriage certificate – needed if the surname was changed after the marriage abroad

The passport application must be downloaded from the passport office. Online applications may not be accepted.

If the clerk has doubts about the correctness of the data, he can ask for additional documents.

Data required

The passport contains the following data:

  • name or names
  • date and place of birth,
  • citizenship,
  • sex,
  • facial image – in the form of a photo and biometric data,
  • fingerprints – except for passports for children up to 12 years old and people who cannot be fingerprinted,
  • signature – except for children under 13 years of age and people who, due to disability, cannot sign themselves,
  • Social number
  • date of issue and expiry date of the passport,
  • document series and number,
  • information on who issued the passport

Passport photo

The photo for the passport should be current, taken no earlier than 6 months before submitting the passport application. Also:

  • in the photo you can not have a headgear, glasses with dark glasses or other things that make recognition difficult,
  • the photo should show the entire head (from its top) and upper shoulders,
  • face should occupy 70-80% of the photo.

Other requirements:

  • the face must be pointed straight at the camera lens,
  • the face oval should be visible (without a half-profile),
  • a person must have a natural facial expression, closed lips and uncovered eyebrows,
  • eyes must be naturally open, well visible with pupils (for example, not covered by hair) and directed straight into the lens,
  • the so-called red eye effect is unacceptable,
  • the ears do not have to be visible,
  • the hairstyle may stick out of the picture.


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