Skip Global Navigation to Main Content
  •  
Skip Breadcrumb Navigation
How To Apply for Your First U.S. Passport

How to Apply for Your First U.S. Passport

You are required to apply for a first U.S. passport in person through a pre-arranged appointment. 

You will need to bring the following:

  • Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
    Such as a U.S. Birth Certificate, a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a U.S. Certification of Birth, a U.S. Certificate of Citizenship, a U.S. Naturalization Certificate, a passport of your U.S. citizen parent(s) in which you are included, an original, long-form birth certificate, if your proof of citizenship is the U.S. passport of a parent in which you are included;
  • One passport sized (2x2inch) photograph - see photo requirements for information.  Photos which do not meet the requirements will be rejected;
  • Valid, government issued photo I.D. (such as U.S. or foreign passport, drivers licence or military I.D.);
  • All foreign passports that you may currently hold, have held, or been included in;
  • Your foreign (non U.S.) naturalization certificate: if you have acquired another nationality through naturalization or registration since the issuance of your proof of citizenship;
  • If you have changed your name since your proof of citizenship was issued, you will be required to furnish legal documentation to prove this change;
  • If you were born in the United States, you must submit any official records from the time you spent there, such as school or medical records;
  • For applicants under 16, a birth certificate must also be presented and both parents must attend the appointment with the child. If only one parent can appear, please follow these instructions
  • Form DS-11 (Click to be taken to the form)
    Please ignore pages 1-2 of instructions with this form as they do not apply outside the United States
    You must print each page on a separate sheet.
    Please do not mail this form to the United States.
    DO NOT sign this form until requested to do so by a Consular Officer. 
  • The non-refundable application fee for a first U.S passport is $105.00 (for under 16s) or $135.00 (for over 16s).  Fee information is available here.

Scheduling the Appointment

If you reside in England or Wales and will be applying for a passport service at the U.S. Embassy in London, please follow this link for further detailed information. 

If you reside in Northern Ireland and will be applying for a passport service at the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast, please follow this link for further detailed information

If you reside in Scotland and will be applying for a passport service at the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, please follow this link for further detailed information. 

Attending the Embassy in London

  • Prohibited items icon

    Electronic devices such as laptops are not allowed within the Embassy grounds.  For a list of prohibited items and storage facilities within the vicinity of the Embassy, please click here.  

    Large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages classed above cabin-size allowance are also not allowed within the Embassy grounds. Please see this PDF file for a list of Left Luggage storage facilities (PDF - 36kb).

    Visitors who do not follow these instructions will experience considerable delays at the security check point, which could result in the interview being cancelled.