Use this procedure if:

--You are 18 and older
(applying for first-time US passport or had a passport issued as a minor for 5 years)
--If you have never had a US Passport before or
--Your US Passport was issued more than 15 years ago

STEP 1. Gather the following documents:

  • Proof of US citizenship (certified birth certificate issued by the state with both parents' names, previous US passport, or original Certificate of Naturalization)

  • Two passport size photos 2"X 2"  (must be taken within last 2-3 months), cannot wear glasses (new rule of the Passport Agency as of 11/01/16)

  • One Application DS-11 (click here to download)

  • One Letter of authorization - (click here to download) once you sign it, we have to submit it to the passport agency within 5 business days​

  • Round trip Itinerary showing international travel within 14 days. If you do not have one, please call our office for assistance: 703-726-0300

STEP 2. Send copies of the documents:Copies of all documents listed in step 1, must be e-mailed to We will not be able to process your paperwork with out them!

STEP 3. Visit your local post office: find the nearest post office that can assist you by clicking here.

  • You will need to make an appointment with most post offices for a hand carry procedure.
  • Show post office your driver's license or state issued ID and tell him/her that you want to do a hand-carry procedure.
  • Make a personal check or a money order for $170 if applying for passport book only or $200 if applying for a passport book & card. Make check out to "US Department of State".
  • Present all documents from Step 1 to the post office clerk.
  • Post office clerk will witness your signatures, put all documents in one envelope, seal it and put official post office stamps on it and will give it back to you. This is your sealed envelope.
  • Make sure to address your sealed envelope to "Passport Agency" and write your full name and date of birth on it.
  • The post office will charge you $35.00 for this process.
  • Make sure all paperwork including Letter of Authorization and itinerary are included inside the sealed envelope. Papers attached to the outside will no longer be accepted.

STEP 4. Fill out IVS Order Form:(click here to download) and place on top of your sealed envelope. Don't forget to check Passport Protection, Passport Card or Trip Registration!

STEP 5. Calculate fees:

Passport Agency Fees
7 day process
4 day process
Next Day process***
Sameday process***
Passport book: must be sealed inside
Passport card: must be sealed inside

IVS Service Fees
7 day process
4 day process
Next Day process***
Sameday process***
Price per passport book processed     
Price per passport card processed

Shipping Fees
FedEx Overnight
FedEx 2 Day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Questions About Fees?

STEP 6. Send all documents to the address below:

For 7 day process:                                                               For 4 day, Next Day or Sameday process:
International Visa Service                                                International Visa Service- NY
44081 Pipeline Plaza, Suite 210                                       20 East 49th Street, 3rd Floor
Ashburn VA 20147                                                               New York NY 10017
Tel: 703-726-0300                                                                 Tel: 703-726-0300

***Next Day & Sameday process requires an appointment with our office. Please call 703-726-0300.


*Please include our service fee and return delivery payment or a completed air bill. Incomplete payment, incomplete applications or documents and wrong application form will cause a delay in processing the above visa application.

** The service fees are non-refundable, once we receive your documents and start processing them. Due to the high volume of applications being submitted, the processing times may be delayed by the Passport Agency. While such situations are beyond our control, we will do everything possible to accommodate your trip and will call you immediately to let you know about the status of your application