Passport updating rules

To apply for a passport, you will need to have certain forms of ID, a regulation-compliant passport photo, and the application forms filled out and printed (which you can do online or by hand).

In July 2016, passports received a makeover, including the installation of a computer-readable chip that contains the traveler's biometric data.

To get a new passport, you must go to a local passport acceptance facility. Find a nearby location: acceptance facilities can be post offices, libraries, or county courts. Fees for renewing or getting a new passport depend on several factors such as if you are just getting a passport card or if you opt for expedited service.

Some passport acceptance facilities require appointments. For more information, see For more on children’s passports, see Processing times change seasonally. Typically: Every person, regardless of age, must have their own passport to travel internationally by air. The passport application fee and the execution fee are non-refundable.

For newborn babies, the photo may be taken while your child is sitting in a car seat, as long as: If you’re in a wheelchair, we recommend that your photo be taken with a plain white blanket placed over it behind your head.

This is because passport photos must be taken against a plain, uniform white or light-coloured background.

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