The U.S. Department of State Passport Agency has strict guidelines for ALL passport applicants. A common reason passport applications are suspended or denied is due to insufficient identification submitted with the passport application. The requirements for identification can be found in our Resources Section. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of State does not disclose the specific reason for rejections or suspensions based on insufficient identification documents. The suspension or rejection can be issued even if the applicant submitted a drivers license, birth certificate, and an item for supplemental identification.
Applicants will be notified by letter that the identification provided is not sufficient for passport purposes. Applicants will need to submit photocopies of five (5) or more personal documents, which are five (5) years or older. We have included a list of acceptable forms of personal documents that may assist The Passport Agency in establishing your identity. However, you may choose to submit any other document in your possession that shows your name and photo (with issue date) or name and signature (with issue date). These documents are preferred.
RECORDS WITH PHOTOGRAPH (VALID or EXPIRED)
RECORDS WITH EITHER PHOTOGRAPH OR SIGNATURE (must have a date)
SIGNED IDENTIFICATION ITEMS (Should have your legal signature and date)
· Military records such as DD-214
If you were raised abroad you may also submit*:
*If in a language other than English, please provide an official translation.
The information you submit must be sufficient to establish your entitlement to a U.S. passport in accordance with the relevant provisions of Part 51 of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Your passport application will be denied and your citizenship evidence will be returned to you if you do not submit sufficient forms of ID. By law, the passport execution and application fees are non-refundable. For more information on Supplemental Forms of ID, please click here.