DS-11 Instructions for Adults

You will need to fill out a DS-11 Form if:

    • This is your first time applying for a passport
    • Your current passport has been expired more than 5 years
    • Your passport has been Lost, Damaged or stolen
    • You are applying or reapplying for a minors passport (age 15 or younger)

When filling out the DS-11 electronically online there will be fields that are not required, however the more information you include the better. If you know the information that is being asked include it. A couple of helpful hints while filling the application out:

    • Make sure your name is spelled the way you want it to appear on the passport but also matches up with your proof of Identification
    • If you have been issued a Passport in the past but do NOT know the passport number fill in with all zeros

After filling in all the information you are going to come to an edit page. Stop and take the time here to carefully review all your information and make any necessary changes. Next you will come to the product service and fees page. This page is going to tell you how much your check or money order will total for the US Department of State. The total includes the fee for the Acceptance Clerk.

The first section will ask you what products you would like:

    • Passport book- Standard 28 pages or non-standard 52 pages
    • Passport Card- Only good for travel by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda  or the Caribbean
    • Both book and card

The next sections will have you select your shipping and service type which will differentiate on how quickly you need your Passport. At this point you will also check if you are doing a File Search.

The next page you come to is going to allow you to create a PDF of your application and print it. To do this simply scroll to the bottom left hand corner where it says Create Form. You must check the computer fraud box above it before it will let you create the form. Now it will create your application into a 6 page PDF so you can print. Although it is six pages page 5 and 6 are the actual application. You will need to print these out and leave them UNSIGNED. You will sign the application in front the Acceptance Clerk.

DS-11 Instructions for Minors

You will need to fill out a DS-11 Form if:

    • You are applying or reapplying for a minors passport (age 15 or younger)
    • You are a minor age 16 or 17

When filling out the DS-11 electronically online there will be fields that are not required however the more information you include the better. If you know the information that is being asked include it. A couple of helpful hints while filling the application out:

    • Make sure the minors name is spelled the way you want it to appear on the passport but also matches up with their proof of citizenship
    • Remember that all the information should be the minor’s information
    • The minor’s social security number must be filled in accordance to 26 U.S.C.6039E. Not including it will cause substantial delays or even denial of application
    • If the minor has been issued a Passport in the past but do NOT know the passport number fill in with all zeros

After filling in all the information you are going to come to an edit page. Stop and take the time here to carefully review all the minor’s information and make any necessary changes. Next you will come to the product service and fees page. This page is going to tell you how much your check or money order will total for the US Department of State. The total includes the fee for the Acceptance Clerk.

The first section will ask you what products you would like:

    • Passport book- Standard 28 pages or non-standard 52 pages
    • Passport Card- Only good for travel by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda  or the Caribbean
    • Both book and card

The next sections will have you select your shipping and service type which will differentiate on how quickly you need your Passport. At this point you will also check if you are doing a File Search.

The next page you come to is going to allow you to create a PDF of your application and print it. To do this simply scroll to the bottom left hand corner where it says Create Form. You must check the computer fraud box above it before it will let you create the form. Now it will create your application into a 6 page PDF so you can print. Although it is six pages page 5 and 6 are the actual application. You will need to print these out and leave them UNSIGNED. You will sign the application in front the Acceptance Clerk.