Appearing Before an Agent

When appearing before the accepting agent you must have:

  1. Proof of Citizenship - A certified copy of your Birth Certificate issued by the Department of Vital Statistics.  Birth Certificates used as proof of citizenship must show the state registrar’s signature, the date the certificate was filed in the state registrar’s office, parents' names, and have a raised, impressed, embossed or multi-colored seal.  An expired passport or a US Naturalization Certificate may also be used as proof of citizenship for applicants 16 and older.  For applicants under 16 we still require the expired passport or the Certificate of Naturalization and the birth certificate showing the parental relationship.
  2. One Passport Photo - which has been taken within the past six months. Photo must be color, 2" X 2" and taken against a plain white or off-white background. Most any travel agency or photo studio can assist you. Vending machine prints, full-length photographs & school pictures are not acceptable.
  3. Current Identification - Valid Driver’s license or other acceptable picture identification.
  4. Completed application - Form DS11, also available online at

For All Minors Under Age 16:

For All Minors Age 16 to 17:

  • The minor child must appear in person.
  • For security reasons, parental consent may be requested.
  • If your child does not have a driver's license of his/her own, you need to accompany your child, present identification, and co-sign the application.