New U.S. Passport

Follow these instructions if:

  • 1. This is the first time you've applied for a US passport.
  • 2. OR your US passport was issued more than 15 years ago.
  • 3. OR your previous US passport was issued at age 16 or younger.


If you are leaving the country in 7 business days or less you MUST call our office for VERY specific instructions on how to send your passport application to our office.

Step 1) Gather and Prepare Requirements for a New US Passport

A) New US passport application (DS-11).

  • 1. Click here to fill out the US Passport Application (DS-11). Fill out the new passport application form online, you CANNOT hand write this form it MUST be filled out online. Click on "continue" under "Apply for a Passport Book" column, complete all required fields and print out 2 copies of the application. DO NOT SIGN the application form yet. The original form must be signed in front of the Acceptance Agent (this will be a special post office or county clerk employee).

B) Authorization letter

  • 1. Click here to download the Authorization Letter. Please complete 2 copies of the authorization letter. This letter will authorize Passport and Visa Specialists to submit and obtain the new passport on your behalf. You MUST check the first and second checkboxes only on this form so we can obtain your passport for you. You will need to hand one authorization letter to the acceptance agent at the special post office or county clerks office. The second authorization letter will need to be lose in the overnight package you send to us.

C) Proof of Citizenship: Originals ONLY. (one of the following)

  • 1. Certified US Birth Certificate. State or county issued US birth certificate, no hospital copies.
  • 2. US Naturalization Certificate. Original certificate issued by INS.
  • 3. Previously issued US passport.

    Note: The original proof of citizenship documents above (birth certificate, naturalization certificate or previous US passport) will be returned to you with the newly issued US passport.

D) Proof of Identity (one of the following)

  • 1. Valid state issued US Drivers License (issued more than 6 months ago)
  • 2. Valid US Government ID card (military, city, state issued ID card or federal, these must be issued more than 6 months ago)
  • 3. Previous US passport
  • 4. If both parents cannot be present at the Acceptance Agent (see Step 2 below) then form DS-3503 must be filled out by the absent parent and notarized with a copy of the absent parents drivers license. Make sure the DS-3503 is included inside your sealed envelope.

    Note: If your drivers license has been issued or renewed in the last 6 months, you will need to provide at least 3 personal documents. (click link to the left for details)

E) Two (2) passport photos:

  • 1. The photos must be 2'' x 2'' and have a white or off white background. Some US Post Offices, Fedex/Kinko's and Walgreens can take passport photos for you. Please click the link following for passport photo specifications. Passport Photograph Regulations.

F) Fees and Payment

  • 1. US Government Fees will be two seperate checks or money orders.
    • A. Make one check or money order payable to "US Department of State" for $170. This is the government's processing fee.
    • B. Write applicant's full name and date of birth in the memo section of the check or money order.
    • C. All personal checks must show a printed address.
    • D. Do not cross out and/or rewrite any information on the check.
    • E. Temporary or starter checks are not acceptable (use a money order instead).
  • 2. Make the second check or money order in the amount of $25 payable to "US Post Office" or the County Clerk that you visit.

    ***The following applies to customers who ordered a birth certificate and passport combo from our Passport and Visa Specialists/Usbirthcertificate.com.***

    ***If you ordered a birth certificate and passport from our company the governments fee for a passport is not included in our passport/birth certificate service fee of $170. The $170 fee you previously paid covers our service fee for a birth certificate ($49), service fee for a passport ($91) and return delivery by Federal Express ($30).***

G) Proof of Departure

    1. Provide a copy of ONE of the following. (the applicant's name and date of departure must appear on this travel document)

  • A. copy of your airline or cruise ticket(s)
  • B. travel itinerary from the airline or cruiseline (this can be a online printout)
  • C. company letter of expedite (sample)

H) Passport and Visa Specialists Order Form

Step 2) Authorization by an Acceptance Agent

  1. 1. In order for our company to process your new US passport you must go to a Local Acceptance Location (Every person regardless of age must appear in person as of 6-17-04) which will either be a special US Post Office or County Clerk's Office.
    • A. Make sure to take all of the requirements listed above (A-H) with you.
    • B. You will need to show all (except our Passport and Visa Specialists Order Form, 1 copy of the DS-11 and the second Authorization letter) of the requirements listed above which will be sealed into a government envelope by the acceptance agent.
    • C. Make sure you get the sealed envelope back from the clerk and do not open it.
    • D. Once you have your sealed envelope you will need to overnight it with the second Authorization Letter, 1 copy of the DS-11 and our Order Form and Payment for our services to the address on the top of the Order Form.

Step 3) Shipping your order to Passport and Visa Specialists

  • 1. Inside of your overnight package to us:
    1. A. Sealed Envelope from the Acceptance Agent
    2. B. Passport and Visa Specialists Order Form
    3. C. Second Copy of DS-11
    4. D. Second Authorization Letter
    5. E. Payment to Passport and Visa Specialists
    6. F. Please write the applicant's full name, date of birth, date of travel and a phone number on the sealed envelope.

Ship overnight to:

Passport and Visa Specialists

2600 South Gessner Rd. Ste. 200

Houston Texas 77063

713-629-8330 or 888-629-2016

Important note: Do not send your overnight package for a Saturday delivery, as we are closed on the weekends.

Failure to follow these instructions may cause a delay in the processing of your expedited passport request. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at 888-629-2016.





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