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How to obtain a passport in the USA
Step 2 - Fill out your application forms online at the global website: www.passports.gov.au and click on the Apply or Renew button. Print out your form. US letter size paper is fine, provided you do not cut off the top/bottom of the form.
Step 3 - Sign and date the application form using Australian Date Format (DD/MM/YYYY). Make sure there are no alterations to signatures or dates. Applications containing overwritten dates or dates in US format will be rejected.
Step 4 - Obtain two passport photos. Carefully check the photo specifications below as we reject about 90% of photos. There is a list of US photographers to help you. You may wish to get your photos on your way to your passport interview rather than in your home town.
Step 5 - Prepare for your interview by using the PC7 checklist or PC8 checklist to avoid common errors. Your application will not be accepted if there are errors or missing information and you will need to return for another interview.
Step 7 - Lodge your application in person at any passport office. Check here to see if you need an appointment. For child applications, the application must be lodged in person by one parent. It does not matter whether the lodging parent is Australian. Children aged 16 and 17 years old must also attend the interview with one parent. All applications must be lodged in person (including renewals). There are no exceptions.
Since 1 July 2015, all applications must be lodged in person (including renewals). There are no exceptions to this rule, even if you have lodged by mail in the past.
Please do NOT contact our offices to re-confirm this information or other information you have already obtained from this website. All passport information on this website is current and correct.
Additional information for passport applicants
Guarantor information (for use with Form PC8 only)
Where to apply in the USA - list of passport offices
Public holidays and office closures
B11 - General statement by passport applicant - use this form only if requested by the Passport Office
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)