Photocopy of Identification for Passport

A variety of supporting documentation must be included with your passport application and frequently a photocopy of identification for passport is one of them. If you are required to submit a copy of your identification, it is very important that you follow the government’s guidelines exactly. Incomplete U.S. passport applications and applications with incorrect information are returned to applicants. If you do not submit a copy of your identification as required by the government, your application will be returned to you and you will be required to start the process again, resulting in a delay of the issuing of your passport and potentially your travel plans.

What Types of Identification Can I Submit With My Application?

There are two types of identification you can submit when applying for a passport—primary and secondary. Whenever possible you should use a primary form of identification. Regardless of the type you use, you may also be required to submit a photocopy of identification for passport.

The following documents may be submitted as a primary form of identification:

  • An undamaged U.S. Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current City, State or Federal Government ID
  • Current Military ID
  • If you do not have a primary form of identification, a combination of secondary forms of identification is acceptable.

    The following documents may be submitted as a secondary form of identification:

  • Social Security Card
  • Credit Card
  • Employee ID
  • Library Card
  • Identifying Witness
  • When Is a Photocopy of Identification Required?

    If you are required to apply for your passport in person, you must submit a photocopy of identification for passport.

    You must apply in person if:

  • You are a first-time applicant
  • You are under the age of 16 or your last passport was issued before you turned 16
  • Your most recent passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Your current passport is more than 15 years old
  • Your current name is different than the name on your passport and you do not have evidence of your name change
  • If you are eligible to apply for your passport by mail, you don’t need to provide a photocopy of your identification. However, you will need to submit your current passport with your application. Your passport acts as evidence of U.S. citizenship and your identification.

    Guidelines for Photocopying Identification Documents

    If you are required to submit a photocopy of identification for passport with your application, follow the guidelines listed below:

  • You must make a copy of the front and back of all identification documents you will present at the time of application
  • The photocopy must be on standard white 8 ½ x 11” paper. Any other size is unacceptable
  • Images must appear on only one side of each page. If you cannot put the front and back of the ID on the same side of the page, you can submit two separate pages—one showing the front of your ID and the other showing the back.
  • The paper cannot contain any other images or marks
  • You can increase the size of the images to make it easier to read, but you cannot make the size of the images smaller
  • Special Circumstances

    In some circumstances, you may be required to provide a photocopy of identification for passport for someone other than yourself, including:

  • A person who witnesses the signature of an applicant who has a disability or signs on behalf of a person who has a disability
  • A person who has completed a birth affidavit to help an applicant establish evidence of U.S. citizenship
  • A person who has completed an affidavit regarding a change of name to help an applicant establish the use of an assumed name that has not been adopted through formal legal proceedings
  • A person who is acting as an identifying witness to help an applicant establish his/her identity
  • It is very important that photocopies of identification documents, regardless of whose documents they are, follow the government’s guidelines to prevent delays in the processing of your application.


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