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All first time applicants and those renewing a passport in person must complete form DS-11 using black ink only.
Please note: The U.S. Department of State requires that all passport forms must be printed in full size on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper without any information being cut off. Otherwise, a new form will have to be completed.
The U.S. Department of State requires that the full names of the applicant’s parents are listed on all original and certified copies of birth certificates in order to to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, regardless of age. You may obtain a new birth certificate from www.vitalchek.com or by contacting the municipality or state where it was originally issued.
Please note: Birth certificates issued by the Secaucus, Jersey City or Hudson County Vital Statistics Departments are not acceptable. You may contact the New Jersey Department of Health for a new one.
In addition, birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of citizenship:
If you have a birth certificate that does not meet these requirements, you must obtain a new one or you will be required to submit secondary evidence of U.S. citizenship.
If you cannot present primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, you must submit more than one form of secondary evidence of U.S. citizenship. Acceptable secondary evidence includes: delayed birth certificates, Letters of No Record, early public or private records and Birth Affidavits.
If you were born in the United States and cannot present primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, you may submit a combination of early public and/or private records as evidence of your U.S. citizenship. Early records must be submitted with a birth record or Letter of No Record. Early records should show your name, date of birth, place of birth, and preferably be created within the first five years of your life. They are not acceptable when presented alone. Examples of early public records are:
If you cannot provide one of the primary IDs listed above, at least two (2) secondary forms of identification must be presented.
Children 15 years of age and younger must appear with both parents, who are properly identified, in order to execute the application. The child’s original certified birth certificate must be submitted and must have been issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics or the Department of Health. It must also include the names of both parents. A previously issued passport must also be submitted (if available).
If only one parent can appear, the absent parent must complete a Parental Consent Form.
Please note: The Parental Consent Form must be notarized and a copy of the front and back of the absent parent’s identification used for the notarization must be submitted with the application.
If there is only one parent, one of the following must be submitted:
Find out if you qualify for renewal by mail. (If you do not qualify, you must appear in person and fill out the DS-11 form.)
Fill out form DS-82 via online form or PDF and follow the instructions provided in order to submit it properly. You may also send our office a self-addressed and stamped envelope along with a letter requesting form DS-82 to:
For added convenience, we even offer passport photos for an additional fee. Our photo system uses software that meets the passport and visa photo regulations required by over 50 foreign countries. The cost for the foreign passport or visa photo is $15.00, the same as what we charge for U.S. Passport photos. Check to see if your country is on the list(PDF, 662KB).
Please view our helpful brochure(PDF, 700KB) for detailed information regarding passport application requirements and fees.
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our Passport Department at 973-285-6161 or send us an email.
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursdays until 7:30 PM (by appointment only)
(Please be aware that we will not be open late 12/23 & 12/30.)