Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) One of the first rites of passage for any traveler is getting your passport. And while some people have been traveling internationally since they were little, plenty of others have never had a passport and don’t know how to get the process started. This information is for them. (Please note: The procedures described below apply to getting a passport under normal circumstances; as with everything else, the pandemic is continuing to throw the once-typical timelines into upheaval , and revised timelines are indicated). What documents and information you need to apply for a passport A completed application (DS-11). You can fill out the application online or print this pdf copy to write in your responses. Proof of citizenship (a birth certificate or Consular Birth Report Abroad if born outside of the United States). Get a photocopy of the front of your citizenship proof and the back (if it has something written on the back). The photocopy must be on standard 8.5×11 inch paper, in black and white, and clearly visible. If you do not have a birth certificate, you’ll need to check out these rules for secondary forms of identification. Proof of identity with photo ID: state ID, driver’s license, military photo ID, employee ID, expired license, Medicare/health insurance card, or green card. You’ll need a copy of this to include in your application submission. You must present one form of primary ID. If you cannot produce one of the primary forms of ID you can […]