Need a passport for Mexico YES/NO?

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Do you have to have or get a passport for surgery in Mexico? YES, although see the complete explanation below.

 

Where do I Apply?

Passport Acceptance Facility Search Page

 

Traveling by Air?

All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport when traveling internationally by air.

  • If you have never had a U.S. passport, you must apply in person, using the DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport. Please visit our First Time Applicants page for information on application requirements, application fees, and where to apply.
  • If you have previously owned or currently own a U.S. passport, you may qualify to renew your passport by mail.  Please visit our Renew a Passport page to learn more about the application requirements, application fees, and to find out if you qualify to renew by mail.

Traveling by Sea?

All adult U.S. citizens arriving by sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean must have a passport.*

  • Either a passport book or passport card may be used.
  • All U.S. citizens may apply for a passport card.
  • To learn more about the passport card, including how to apply and the differences between the passport book and passport card, please visit our U.S. Passport Card page.

*“Closed-Loop” Cruises: If you are a U.S. citizen, and you board a cruise ship at a U.S. port, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship, you may present government-issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents.

U.S. citizen children under age 16 arriving by sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean may present an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Certificate of Citizenship.

 

 Traveling by Land?

All adults arriving by land from Canada or Mexico must have a passport.

  • Either a passport book or passport card may be used.
  • All U.S. citizens may apply for a passport card.
  • To learn more about the passport card, including how to apply and the differences between the passport book and passport card, please visit our U.S. Passport Card page.

U.S. citizen children under age 16 arriving by land from Canada or Mexico may present an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Certificate of Citizenship.

 

First Time Applicant?

You Must Apply in Person 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.

Before you start, please note:

1. Fill Out Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport

  • Print Form DS-11 and complete by hand; or
  • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11.

Please note that you:

  • Must not sign the application until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent.
  • Must provide your Social Security Number in accordance with 26 U.S.C. 6039E.  Failure to provide information requested on the form, including your social security number, may result in significant processing delays and/or the denial of your application.

2. Submit Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport In Person

You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an authorized Passport Application Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency.

NOTE: There are special submission requirements for All Minors Under Age 16.

3. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

When applying for a U.S. passport in person, evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11.  All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you. These documents will be delivered with your newly issued U.S. passport or in a separate mailing.

Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (One of the following):
  • Previously issued, undamaged, and fully valid U.S. Passport (5 year for minors or 10 years for adults)
  • *Certified U.S. birth certificate (must meet all of the following requirements):
    • issued by the City, County, or State of birth
    • Lists bearer’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Lists parent(s) full names
    • Has date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Has registrar’s signature
    • Has embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal of registrar
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

4. Present Identification

When applying for a U.S. passport in person, acceptable identification must be presented at the time of application.

Primary Identification (One of the following):
  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
  • Current Military ID (military and dependents)

NOTES:

  • If you cannot submit primary identification, please see Secondary Identification.
  • If you apply at an Acceptance Facility and submit out-of-state primary identification, you must present an additional ID document, as well. For example, if you apply in Maryland with a Virginia Driver’s License, you must present a second ID containing as much of the following information as possible: your photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date.
  • If you have undergone or are going through gender transition, please see these additional requirements.

5. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented

Bring a photocopy of the front and back of each ID document that you will present when you apply.

  • Photocopy must be on plain white, 8 1/2 x 11″ standard paper stock, showing the front and the back of your ID.
  • Photocopy must contain images on only one-side of each page submitted.
    • If copies cannot be made on the same side of one page, you may present two separate pages; one displaying the front of the ID and the second displaying the back of the ID.
  • The paper should be free of other images and/or markings.
  • The 8 1/2 x 11″ paper size cannot be substituted with a larger or smaller size paper, even if the alternative folds down to the 8 1/2 x 11″ size.
  • You may enlarge the image of your ID on the 8 1/2 x 11″ page, but you may not decrease the size of the image.
6. Pay the Applicable Fee

Please see Passport Fees for a listing of current passport fees and acceptable methods of payment.

7. Provide One Passport Photo

To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the requirements and is properly submitted with your application.

  • When submitting Form DS-11 in person, your photo should not be attached to the form.

 

 

*Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html