New Passport Application

New Passport Application Process is for those applicants in the following:

  • You are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time, and you are at least 16 years old

  • Your previous passport has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago.

  • Your previous passport has expired and was issued when you were under 16.

  • Your expired US Passport is not in their possession.

Step 1 Gather and Prepare Following Required Documents

1. Completed Application Form DS-11:

Click here to complete Form DS-11 Online: Following the instruction to answer all questions online. After answered all questions, you will see a “CREATE FORM”  at bottom of the page. Click the button, then form DS-11 will come up. Please print out the form DS-11.

  • After printing out the form, do not sign this form until you are instructed to do so by the acceptance agent.

2. Two Passport-type photos are required.

  • Photos must meet the government specifications photo requirements. Must be official passport-type only and approximately 2″ x 2″ with a clear background. The photo must be in color. Do not wear a hat, glasses, or any item that covers the face.

  • Homemade Digital Photographs are not acceptable.

  • It is suggested to take your passport photos at Walmart, Costco, Walgreens or CVS.

3. Proof of Identification: please provide one of following

  • State issued driver’s license (at least 6 months old) bearing a photo or

  • Military I. D. bearing a photo or.

4. Proof of Citizenship: You need to provide one of the following:

  • Your certified birth certificate (Need help to get a birth certificate, please click here) or

  • Naturalization papers or

  • Your old passport

  • If the name you are currently using differs from the name on your previous passport or differs from your birth certificate,  you must submit a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order showing the change of name. The name change document must bear the official seal of the issuing authority. Uncertified copies or notarized documents can not be accepted. All documents will be returned to you with your passport.

5. Proof of Departure: Please provide one of the following items
  • A copy of your airplane ticket or

  • A copy of your itinerary from the travel agent or airline or

6. Letter of Authorization

Click here to download and complete the Authorization Letter. This letter gives BCV the authority to submit your application and pick up your new passport on your behalf. Please complete and print out two copies of Authorization Letter.

7. Processing Fees: U.S. Government Fee

  • Passport Book: $170.00

  • Passport Book and Passport Card: $200.00

  • Make one check or money order payable to “U.S. Department of State” (this is the government processing fee).

    • Note: Write applicant’s full name and date of birth on the check or money order.

    • All personal checks must show a printed address.

    • Do not cross out and rewrite any information on the check.

    • Temporary or starter check is not acceptable.

  • Make the second check or money order in the amount of $35 payable to the Post Office or Court House which you visit.

  • BCV Service Fee. $89

8. Processing Time:  4-6 weeks processing. 

9. Order Form

Click here to completely fill-out BCV order form. You will be asked to input your personal information, order information, and payment information, then print it out and send to us

Step 2 Get Your Application Authorized

All first time or new applicants need to have their applications authorized by local government officials called Acceptance Agents (AA).

  • Bring all the documents listed above to visit an Acceptance Agent. Click here to find an Acceptance Agent nearest you.

    1. Applicants under 16 are required to appear in person with both parents before the Acceptance Agent. If only one parent can appear, the parent must provide the permission or Statement of Consent from second parent.

    2. Please Inform the Acceptance Agency that you are using an expediting service to “hand Carry” your application to the passport agency for speeding processing.

  • After signing the application form DS-11 in front of the Acceptance Agency, the Agency should sign the form and must seal-up the following items in an envelope and marked “to be opened by U.S. Passport Office only.”

    1. Executed Form DS-11

    2. Two identical passport photos

    3. Proof of citizenship

    4. Check or Money order pay to “US Dept. of State” for $170.

    5. One copy of the proof departure

    6. The letter of authorization

    7. A copy of your driver license.

Seven items mentioned above must be sealed inside envelope. If missing any one, Passport Agency will not process your application

 

Note

  • Please write the 1) Applicant Name, 2) Date of birth, 3) Departure date on the outside of the sealed envelope

  • Do not seal the payment to BCV inside the sealed envelope.

  • Do not open this sealed envelope.  

  • Important: Make sure the agent returns the sealed envelope to you. If the agent does not feel at ease about releasing the envelope, suggest that he/she refer to page 31 or 44 of their Passport Agent’s Manual, “Hand-carrying of Executed Applications”.

 

Step 3: Ship Documents to BCV

Please send the following to us via FedEx Priority or UPS (overnight).

  1. BCV order form. Click here Download and printer out.

  2. Sealed envelope from the Acceptance Agent

  3. The check or money order payable to BCV for the service fee

  4. One copy of your authorization letter with your original signature

  5. One copy of the proof of departure

Shipping Address:

BCV Visa and Passport Services

21306 Chickory TrailKaty, TX 77450281 660 6151