Getting a Passport

Passports are required to travel to any destination outside of the U.S.

I've Never Had A Passport Before

For a first-time U.S. passport, you must apply in person. See U.S. Passports & International Travel website for complete information.

  1. For U.S. citizens, collect all required documents, including the following:
    • evidence of U.S. citizenship (example: original, official birth certificate, no photocopies)
    • present identification (example: valid California State I.D. or Driver's License)
    • one headshot pictures that meets photo requirements for passports
  2. Complete DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport online and print, or complete by hand
  3. Make sure you have all required documents before submitting them along with your complete application in person
  4. Find the nearest Passport Acceptance Facility to apply for your passport in person

The State Department suggests that you allow six to ten weeks to obtain a new passport. Plan accordingly and don’t wait until it’s too late! Students without a valid passport will not be eligible to participate in a study abroad program.

I Need To Renew My Passport

Passport renewals can be made by mail, but need to be done in person if your previous passport was issued before the age of 16 or was issued more than 15 years ago. It is suggested that you renew your passport approximately 9 months before it expires. Also take into consideration that some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip.

I Need A Passport Right Away

If you need your passport in less than 6 weeks, you can get a passport in a hurry in person or through mail. There will be an additional charge to process the request. Please see passport fee schedule on the State Department website.


Visa requirements vary according to your country of destination, length of stay, and the nationality of the passport holder. Visit the embassy or consulate website of the countries you are traveling to see specific visa requirements. International students are responsible for obtaining their own visa and completing their application before departure. Check with your FLP instructor to see if a visa is required for your program.