Requirements When Applying For A Passport
Getting your passport is the first thing you need to do if you want to get started on travelling. A passport is the most important requirement for you to be let out of your country. If this is your first time applying for a passport, these simple steps will guide you on what you need to do.
You first need to get the forms to fill out for your passport. These forms can be found online, or you can get them at your local government office. Use a black pen to put down your details in case you are filing them by hand. What these forms usually ask for are your personal details and a brief description of yourself.
It is a requirement to give proof of citizenship when you are applying for a passport. this can either be your government-issued birth certificate, previous passport, or a certificate to prove your citizenship. They may require to use secondary documentation like early school records or hospital birth certificate. These documents will need to be accompanied by a government letter that says the government issued birth certificate cannot be found.
When submitting these documents, it is also important for one to provide proof of identity. The proof of identity can be an existing passport, naturalization certificate, driver’s license, military ID card, or a recent government-issued ID card. A photocopy of this needs to be submitted together with the application forms. If an applicant lacks proof of identity, they will need several forms of secondary identification. The applicant may need a credit card, an employee card, or an identifying witness to swear their identity.
With each application, one needs a 2-by-2-inch passport photo to be submitted. Some of the requirements for this photo is, they must be in color, taken within size months to application, and in front of a white or off-white background. The applicant’s head should be taking majority of the frame, they should be looking directly at the camera and have a neutral expression. You are not to wear a hat or a hair covering unless you have a signed statement that shows it is for religious purposes. Glasses are not to be worn in the photo unless there are medical reasons behind it supported by a note from the doctor.
When applying for a minor’s passport, parents need to provide their proof of identity. Proof of the relationship between the parent and the child also needs to be provided and this can b in form of a court order, adoption decree, or a birth certificate. There needs to either be proof of sole guardianship, or a notarized statement from the absent parent granting permission in case one of them is not there when the child’s application is being submitted.