STEP 1: Fill out an application
Application forms are available online. You must submit a hard copy with your supporting documents.
STEP 2: Gather supporting documents
The materials you need to submit will depend on your specific situation. We've put together a guide to some of the more common situations below.
- First-Time Applicant (over age 16)
- Renewal Application (if you received your current passport when you were over age 16)
- Renewal Application (if you received your current passport when you were under age 16)
- Lost Passport
- Passport Cards (car travel to Canada or Mexico)
If none of the above links describes your situation, consult the State Department website for guidance. The information above was last updated in November 2017.
STEP 3: Get your passport photo taken
You can have passport photos taken at many local pharmacies, retail stores and shipping centers for a small fee. During Duke's annual Global Passport Drive, local FedEx photographers will be available to take passport photos on campus at no cost.
Before you go, you may want to review the "Picture Perfect Passport" guidelines for acceptable passport photos.
STEP 4: Determine fees
Visit the State Department website to determine how much your passport will cost. Passport fees can only be paid by personal check or money order. If you are applying in person, we recommend that you bring your checkbook with you in case of mistakes or last-minute changes.
For an additional $60, you can have your materials expedited.
STEP 5: Submit your materials
If you are renewing a passport that was issued when you were 16 or older, you can do so by sending your application, supporting documents and photos to the U.S. State Department by mail.
If you are applying for the first time, or if you are under 16, you'll need to apply in person at a passport acceptance facility. You can locate the passport facility nearest to you by entering your zip code online. Please be aware that most facilities will require you to call ahead to make an appointment.
Routine processing time for passports is 6-8 weeks.
STEP 6: Travel the world!
Feel free to share your travel photos with us on Instagram using the hashtag #DukeIsEverywhere!
If you are a Duke faculty or staff member who needs assistance getting a passport or visa, contact the Office of Global Administrative and Travel Support.