Passport Photos and Information

The first step in planning a trip outside the United States is obtaining a U.S. passport. Below is information to assist you with getting or renewing your passport.

Passport photo services are available at any AAA branch.

  • $5 plus tax for Classic members; first set free for Plus and Premer members.1
  • $14 plus tax for non-members.1

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State Department Urges Travelers to Renew Passports Early

The U.S. Department of State urges travelers who hold passports expiring in 2016 to renew early. The department is expecting a flood of renewals of 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007, when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect.

  • AAA recommends travelers renew their passports as far in advance of an international trip as possible to avoid delays.
  • To further expedite travel, AAA recommends frequent travelers enroll in trusted traveler programs such as TSA PreCheck and Global Entry.

First-time applicants

You must apply in person at an authorized Passport Application Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency if:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport; or
  • You are under age 16; or
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16; or
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged; or
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago; or
  • Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change.

First-time applicants will need to bring the following items with them when they apply:

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for first-time applicant details.

Renewing applicants:

Your expired or soon-to-expire U.S passport can be renewed by mail if it:

  • Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application;
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older;
  • Was issued within the last 15 years; and original or certified copy
  • If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must apply in person.

How to submit a U.S. Passport application by mail:

  1. Fill Out Form DS-82: Application For A U.S. Passport by Mail
  2. Submit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or card
  3. Submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changed
  1. Pay the applicable fee
  2. Provide one passport photo
  3. Mail in the application
  1. Fill Out Form DS-82: Application For A U.S. Passport by Mail
  2. Submit your most recent U.S. passport book and/or card
  3. Submit a certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order if your name has changed
  4. Pay the applicable fee
  5. Provide one passport photo
  6. Mail in the application

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for renewal details.

Expedited requests:

  • Renewing applicants can request expedited service by mail or in person. First-time applicants can request expedited service only when they apply in person.
  • Visit Get a passport in a hurry for detailed expedited requests instructions and prices.
  • View current processing times.

Please note that submitting incorrect passport fees can delay the processing of an application.

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for further details, or call the State Department’s National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778. In addition to passport information, the U.S. Department of State also provides information on Canada and Mexico border crossing requirements.

 

Visit any AAA branch for passport photos1 and information. 

 

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1Passport photo fee is subject to change without notice and at any time.