A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries, even Canada, the Caribbean or Mexico. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify United States passports.
Although AAA cannot issue passports, you can obtain passport photos and applications at your local AAA office.
First-Time Passport Applicants
To obtain a passport for the first time, you will need to apply in person to one of the many passport acceptance facilities located throughout the United States. At the time of your application, you must present the following:
Complete form DS-11 (Application For A U.S. Passport)
Submit form DS-11 in person at an acceptance facility or passport agency
Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
Present Primary or Secondary Identification
A Photocopy of all Identification Document(s) Presented
Pay Applicable Fee
Provide One (1) Passport Photo (official passport photo services are available in our Travel Store)
While not difficult, it does take some time, usually about 6 weeks, to get a new passport.
Renewing Your Passport
You may renew your passport by mail if:
Your most recent passport is available to submit and is not damaged
You received the passport within the past 15 years
You were over age 16 when it was issued
You still have the same name, or can legally document your name change
If you meet these requirements, you must submit Form DS-82, Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail. You can find Form DS-82 and step-by-step instructions at the U.S. State Department website.
If you do not meet these requirements, you will need to renew your passport in person.
U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for domestic travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit. Visit the U.S. State Department International Travel Information website to find information specific to the country you wish to visit.