DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport
Who uses a DS-11 Form: The DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport is used by a U.S. citizen to obtain a passport. This form, DS-11, is used to get a new passport for the first time, passport renewal, or replace a lost, stolen or damaged passport. The form is also used to get a minor passport.
How to complete a DS-11 Form: The State Department designed each form to include instructions on how to input all the required information of the applicant. So, once you get an application, it will have a set of instructions. There are two ways to complete this form, online or handwritten. If you go to this link, https://pptform.state.gov/, you can fill out the form and print it. Do not sign until you submit it to the acceptance agency.
To get a PDF version if you choose to write your information on the form, click here: https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds11.PDF. After downloading, print it and print your information using a black ink pen. Do not sign until you submit it to the acceptance agency.
DS-11 Processing Time: The time it takes to process the application will vary. Routine or standard processing takes 4 to 8 weeks. The time is an estimate, therefore, it takes eight weeks or less but not less than four weeks. If you need a passport sooner, then use expedited services which will take 2 to 3 weeks.
To get a passport the same day, hire a private expeditor or go to a regional passport agency. A regional passport agency requires an appointment. You must call the National Passport Information Center to arrange an interview at an agency.