For information about all things passports, go here.

To apply for a passport for the first time, you must complete these 7 steps:

1.    Fill Out Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport. It’s available here.

2.    Submit Completed Form DS-11 In Person

This must be done in person!

Facility Name Street Address City State ZIP Public Phone

You can visit the above places, or any post office, or search for additional facilities.

3.    Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

When applying for a U.S. passport in person, evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11. All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you. These documents will be delivered with your newly issued U.S. passport or in a separate mailing.

Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (One of the following):

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state*
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

*A certified birth certificate has a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note, some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes.

NOTE: If you do not have primary evidence of U.S. citizenship or your U.S. birth certificate does not meet the requirements, please go here.

4. Present Identification

Primary Identification (One of the following):
  •  Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
  • Current Military ID (military and dependents)

Note: If you apply at an Acceptance Facility and submit out-of-state primary identification, you must present an additional ID document, as well. For example, if you apply in Connecticut with a Massachusetts Driver’s License, you must present a second ID containing as much of the following information as possible: your photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date.

5. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented (Step 4)

Bring a photocopy of the front and back of each ID document that you will present when you apply.

  • Photocopy must be on plain white, 8 1/2 x 11″ standard paper stock, showing the front and the back of your ID
  • Photocopy must contain images on only one-side of each page submitted.
  • If copies cannot be made on the same side of one page, you may present two separate pages; one displaying the front of the ID and the second displaying the back of the ID.
  • The paper should be free of other images and/or markings.
  • The 8 1/2 x 11″ paper size cannot be substituted with a larger or smaller size paper, even if the alternative folds down to the 8 1/2 x 11″ size.
  • You may enlarge the image of your ID on the 8 1/2 x 11″ page, but you may not decrease the size of the image.
 6. Pay the Applicable Fee

See this page for current fees and payment methods

As of March 2012, the fee for first-time applicants to receive a passport book is $110 + $25 fee.

7. Provide Passport Photo

See this for all of the photo requirements, including:

  • In color
  • Printed on photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

Near ECSU, you can have passport photos taken at the following locations:

  • Any post office, CVS, or Walgreens location, among others
  • Willimantic Post Office, 919 Main Street, Willimantic. Open 8:30am-4:30pm M-F and 9:00am-12:30pm Saturday. Phone: 860.456.4270 No appointment needed, but have your paperwork completed and avoid coming at the beginning or end of the day. Fee: $15
  • CVS: 1200 Main Street, Willimantic. Phone: 860.456.1337. Fee: Approximately $8
  • Walgreens: 1475 Main Street, Willimantic. Phone: 860.423.6304. Fee: $10
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