Planning to take one of the many trucking group cruises? Planning to haul freight into Mexico or Canada? If so, you will need a passport due to security measures.
Getting one’s passport used to be easier than these days, but the process is still fairly simple.
Depending on the way you go about getting your passport and how quickly you need it, it can take from one-half of a day to six weeks and the fees vary.
Passports for adults need be renewed every 10 years.
Some United States Post Offices offer passport services, those
can be found online or obtained by calling the post office.
The US State Department also has passport agencies in most states.
You can find them by going to their
If this will be your first passport, you will need to apply in person.
However, you can obtain an application for a passport online, fill it out and then print it out.
Do not sign it until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent at the agency.
Appointments are usually required to apply for passports.
US State Department website
To prove citizen status and identity, you will need to provide:
Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state*
Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
Certificate of Citizenship
You will also need proof of identification, documents accepted are:
Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
Valid Driver's License
Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
Current Military ID (military and dependents)
All documents have to be current.
Bring a photocopy of the front and back of each ID document that you will present when you apply.
Photocopy must be on plain white, 8 Â½” x 11" standard paper stock, showing the front and the back of your ID
Photocopy must contain images on only one-side of each page submitted.
If copies cannot be made on the same side of one page, you may present two separate pages; one displaying the front of the ID and the second displaying the back of the ID.
The paper should be free of other images and/or markings.
The 8 Â½” x 11" paper size cannot be substituted with a larger or smaller size paper, even if the alternative folds down to the 8 Â½” x 11" size.
You may enlarge the image of your ID on the 8 Â½” x 11" page, but you may not decrease the size of the image.
Other situations that require a photocopy of identification, but are less common, include:
If you are presenting
, you must provide a photocopy of the front and back of each document being presented with your application. A photocopy of your credit card will not be requested if it is to be presented with
If you submit out-of-state primary identification, you must provide a photocopy of your primary identification document and the second ID to be presented with your application. Both sides of all identification documents must be photocopied according to the photocopy requirements above. If a credit card is presented as your second ID, a photocopy will not be requested.
An assistant to a disable applicant who witnesses the signature or signs on the disabled applicant's behalf must present a photocopy of his or her ID
A person acting as an Identifying Witness must present a photocopy of his or her ID.
You must provide one passport photo (the post office says two photos). The requirements for the photo are:
Printed on photo quality paper
2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.
Situations where you may be denied a passport
If you have an outstanding warrant
If you are considered by the State Department as a flight risk for a pending trial
If, after a manual review, the State Department concludes that you present a risk to yourself or others overseas.
If you are just entering expedite or trucking in general, make whether they run across either borders one of your questions to ask in choosing a company. This way, if you are interested in working for that specific company, you can apply for your passport before you need it. If you have past felony conviction(s) or owe back child support, Canada will not allow you into their country.