Proof of Identity Requirements

You must provide 2 photocopies (front & back) of your valid driver's license or state ID card when applying for a U.S. passport. The ID provided must be issued more than 6 months ago.

Any of the following will serve as primary proof of identity:

  • Previous U.S. passport (mutilated, altered, or damaged passports are not acceptable)
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Driver's license older than six months
  • Government ID: city, state or federal
  • Military ID: military and dependents

Note: If the name on your ID does NOT match the name on your citizenship document or application you must provide a copy of a legal name change. If your state ID has been issued less than 6 months ago, you must fill out the supplemental questionnaire form and provide 5 additional secondary forms of ID.

If you do not have primary proof of identity you can submit 6 - 10 secondary documentation items from the list below. Documents that bear your photograph, signature and/or physical description are particularly helpful.

Primary ID

  • Previous U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • City ID Card
  • Military ID: Military and Dependents


Documents that have your photograph, signature and/or physical description are helpful.

Secondary ID

  • School Yearbook Photograph
    Name and School Name
  • Employment Identification Card/Records
  • City ID Card
  • Student ID Card
  • Driver’s License
    (Valid or Expired)/Suspension Notice
  • Selective Service Registration Classification
  • Union Membership Card
  • Occupation License
  • Physician’s or Immunization Record
  • Medicare/Health Insurance Card
  • Welfare Card
  • Marriage Certificate and Licenses/Divorce Decrees
  • School Transcripts
  • Insurance Records
  • Baptismal Certificate or Religious Records
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • Income Tax Records / W-2 Form
  • Bank Statement
    For the last 6 months
  • Newspaper/Publicity Articles
  • Expired Passport
  • Children’s Birth Certificates with Parent’s Name
  • Mortgage, lease or rental agreements
  • Parents’ or Siblings Birth Certificates
  • Hospital Birth Certificate
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