Swift’s website is designed to give you detailed instructions that will fully prepare you to apply for a visa or passport. Please make sure you read the instructions carefully and make sure to send us all of the requirements to ensure the fastest and most trouble-free service, and to prevent delays in processing. Contact Swift at 877.917.9438 if you have any questions or concerns about your application materials.
Note: In order to checkout, you will need to check each item in the list below.
You must provide an original or certified copy of your state issued U.S Long Form Birth Certificate, your original Certificate of Naturalization, or an expired passport that is undamaged and in good condition. This document will be returned to you with your passport. For information on how to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate go to VitalChek
DO NOT SIGN THIS FORM YET, See below for detailed explanation of when you need to sign this form.
Photo Requirements: Photos must have been taken in the last 6 months, be 2 inches by 2 inches in size, and have white background with no patterns or background objects visible. Photo must be in color and be free of glare. Ears should be visible, and you must be facing forward. Effective Nov 1, 2016 no glasses allowed! Headbands and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Feel free to smile!
Please be sure to follow the Swift Photo Guidelines
If you have changed your name and it is different than the name listed on your birth certificate, please include an original court order that reflects your name change. This original document will be returned with your passport. If you have not legally changed your name, please note that you cannot indicate any name other than your legal name on your passport application.
A signed, original medical certification. Please visit our Medical Certification Page for specific instructions.
Copy of both sides of your current valid driver's license, government ID, state ID
Complete and sign 2 identical Letters of Authorization. Download Letter of Authorization Here
One copy will go inside the sealed envelope and one should be attached to the outside of the envelope. If there is not a SECOND copy of the Letter of Authorization sent to Swift with the sealed envelope,the service will be delayed by at least 1 business day.
Personal check or money order made payable to U.S. Department of State. Checks written for any other amount than listed below will cause at least 1 business day delay. Temporary or starter checks are not accepted. Write the applicant's name and date of birth in the memo section of the check. A $10 service fee will be charged in the event Swift Passport Services needs to submit a replacement check.
Proof of departure can be any of the following:
Copy of your flight itinerary from your travel agent, airline, or online booking company/copy of plane ticket. A print out of he confirmation email that you are emailed after booking a flight is ideal.
Note: many acceptance agents require a flight itinerary indicating that you are traveling in 2 weeks or less. If you do not have a flight itinerary showing that you depart in less than 2 weeks, we recommend calling the acceptance agent that you plan to visit to determine what they will accept in lieu of a flight itinerary (letter explaining travel, itinerary with proof of travel in more than 2 weeks, etc). Read more about proof of travel, and examples of what may be acceptable proof of travel on our blog before proceeding if you do not have a flight itinerary showing a departure date in the next 2 weeks.