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How To Get a Passport

Watch more Travel Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Before you travel, make sure you've got a passport -- or you ain't going nowhere. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Fill out passport application Download a passport application from the Bureau of Consular Affairs website (, or pick one up at your local post office, county clerk's office, or courthouse. Fill it out, but don't sign it. Step 2: Locate birth certificate Locate your birth certificate. A photocopy won't do, you'll need one with an official raised emblem or seal. Tip If you don't have a certified version of your birth certificate, contact the vital statistics office of the state where you were born. For contact information, visit the National Center for Health Statistics website. Step 3: Get photos Get your photo taken. Most photo places can do it for under $10 with no appointment. You'll need two 2" x 2" identical shots taken within the past six months. Step 4: Locate passport agency Locate the passport agency nearest you by entering your zip code into a search on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Many agencies now only take passport applications by appointment, so call before you go. Tip If you are traveling within two weeks and need a passport right away, you'll have to make an appointment at a regional office. Call 1-877-487-2778. Step 5: Head to office w/ materials Head to the office with your certified birth certificate, a photo ID (like your driver's license), two passport photos, your application, and the fee. You'll sign the application in front of the passport service representative. Step 6: Sit back and wait Sit back and wait. You'll get your passport in about 4 to 6 weeks via U.S. mail—or sooner if you paid to have it expedited. You can track the status of your application on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Step 7: Get on the plane Now get on that plane and go—paradise awaits!
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