What do I need to apply for a passport?

You must have a completed passport application (which must be signed in front of a passport agent), proof of identification and citizenship, social security number, and two identical 2 by 2-inch color photographs taken within the past 6 months, showing the current appearance, full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background. (See "Where can I get my passport photographs taken?") Only separate checks or money orders will be accepted per application. Certified mailing fee and photo fee can be combined in one check for multiple applications.

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1. I want to apply for a passport. Do I need an appointment?
2. How long is my passport valid for?
3. How long will it take to receive my passport?
4. What do I need to apply for a passport?
5. Where can I get my passport photographs taken?
6. Are there special requirements for children's passports?
7. What are acceptable forms of identification?
8. How do I renew my expired passport?
9. What are the requirements to renew my expired passport?
10. What happens if my passport is lost or stolen?
11. What are the fees for a passport?
12. I plan to travel outside the United States. How do I find out if a Travel Alert or Travel Warning has been issued for a specific country?