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Because a valid U.S. passport is required for all High Point University international study abroad programs, it is important to know for how long your passport is valid. If you are planning to participate in a study abroad program and do not have a valid passport, it is never too early to begin the application or renewal process. Acquiring or renewing a passport does not have to be difficult. With a little preparation and early planning, you’ll be ready to depart for your travels in no time.

NOTE: The information provided below is intended to give you general information about acquiring or renewing a U.S. passport. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

For how long is a passport valid?

U.S. youth passports (issued at 15 years of age or younger) are valid for five (5) years. U.S. adult passports (issued at age 16 or older) are valid for ten (10) years. It is advised that you renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Some countries require that your passport be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

How do I apply for a passport?

If you are applying for your first adult passport, or if your passport was lost or stolen, you must apply in person. The application process can be completed in 7 steps:

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

You can download and print the Application for Passport, Form DS-11, from the U.S. Department of State website. Forms also can be obtained from any Passport Agency or Passport Acceptance Facility.

NOTE: Do not sign the DS-11 application form until the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so.

2. Submit Completed Form DS-11 In Person

NOTE: Do not attach your passport photo or sign the DS-11 application form until the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so.

3. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

You’ll need to submit evidence of U.S. citizenship with Form DS-11. Documents include:

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

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.

More information on the types of documents that are accepted is posted on the U.S. Department of State website.

4. Present Identification

You’ll need to present identification with Form DS-11. Documents include:

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current Governement ID (city, state, or federal)
  • Current Military ID (military and dependents)

More information on the types of documents that are accepted is posted on the U.S. Department of State website.

5. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented (Step 4)

Bring a photocopy of the front and back of each ID document that you will present when you apply. Photocopies must be made on the fronts only of 8.5″ by 11″ paper.

6. Pay the Applicable Fee

For applicants age 16 and older, the passport application fee is $110 made payable to the U.S. Department of State plus an acceptance fee (for non-renewal or first-time adult passport applicants) of $25 made payable to the Postmaster, totaling $135. During application, a passport card can be issued for an additional $30 passport fee. An expedited passport application will add an extra $60 fee plus overnight delivery costs.

See “Where Can I Go Locally to Obtain a Passport?” below for accepted forms of payment.

7. Provide One Passport Photo

To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the requirements and are properly submitted with your application. When submitting Form DS-11 in person, your photo should not be attached to the form.

  • Digitized passport photos may be used or you may have photographs taken at the Passport Agency, Passport Acceptance Facility, FedEx Kinko’s, Walgreens, or Walmart. Refer to the U.S. Department of State website for passport photograph requirements.

Where can I go locally to obtain a passport?

There are three Passport Acceptance Facilities located just a short distance from HPU.

The City of High Point’s Post Office is located at 315 E. Green Street, High Point, NC 27260, two (2) miles from the HPU campus. Hours of Passport Acceptance are 9:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Passport photos may be taken on site for $15. Payments for the application fee and execution fee can be made via cash, credit/debit card, check, and money order. Applications are accepted by appointment only. Call in advance to schedule your appointment: 1(800) 275-8777.

The Thomasville Post Office is located at 101 West Main Street, Thomasville, NC 27360, seven (7) miles from the HPU campus. Hours of Passport Acceptance are 8:30am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. Passport photos may be taken on site for $15. Payments for the application fee can be made via check or money order. Payments for the execution fee can be made via cash, credit/debit card, check, and money order. Money orders can be purchased on site. Applications are accepted by appointment only. Call in advance to schedule your appointment: (336) 472-3892.

The Kernersville Post Office is located at 325 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, eleven (11) miles from the HPU campus. Hours of Passport Acceptance are 9:00am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday and 10:00am to 11:00am, Saturday. Passport photos are not able to be taken on site. Payments for the application fee can be made via check or money order. Payments for the execution fee can be made via cash, credit/debit card, check, and money order. Money orders can be purchased on site. Applications are accepted by appointment only. Call in advance to schedule your appointment: 1(800) 275 -8777.

How long will it take to process a passport application?

Routine service is usually around 6-8 weeks. Expedited service is approximately 2-4 weeks, plus mailing time. Because unforeseen events can delay routine service, the U.S. Department of State suggests that you choose expedited service if you need your passport within 10 weeks.

Can I check the status of my application?

Your status may be tracked online 5-7 days after application.

What do I need to know about visas?

In addition to a valid U.S. passport, U.S. Citizens may be required to have a visa, residence permit, for entry into certain countries. Information about visa requirements for HPU programs can be found on the Visa Information page.

What if I’m not a U.S. Citizen?

Non-U.S. Passport holders may be required to have visas to enter some countries. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have all the necessary visas and paperwork approved before you depart. Consult your local consulate or embassy for information regarding which countries require visas or other documentation.

What is the passport card, and is it an acceptable alternative to the passport book?

The passport card is a wallet-size card that can only be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Because the passport card is not valid for any air travel, High Point University requires travelers on all international study abroad programs carry the traditional passport book.

NOTE: The High Point University Passport ID card is not an official, government issued, travel document. You must have a valid U.S. passport to participate in any of High Point University’s international programs. In addition, your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond your scheduled return date. If you do not have a passport, your passport has expired, or your passport will soon expire, you should start the application process now!

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