A ticket to see the world in 3 easy steps



How to get a Passport in 3 easy steps


Who doesn’t dream of taking off and seeing the world?

Whether it’s swinging a hammock on a tropical beach or catching a view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, everyone has something on their travel bucket list.

So how come so few Americans have or even know how to get a passport?

According to the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, there are currently a little over 14 million American passports issued.

While the number of U.S. passport holders has gone up significantly in recent years, the 38% of Americans who own a passport still trails far behind other countries. As one of the most populous, most powerful, and most affluent nations in the world, that number should be higher.

A passport isn’t just a government document. A passport is a ticket to see the world.

As you venture out into the great wild yonder, your passport will become your story – every stamp and visa the lingering memory of a full and rewarding life outside your backyard.

Passport Stamps, a ticket to see the world.
Your ticket to see the world.

American passports in particular are very powerful and can grant you a visa to a whopping 172 countries.

But more importantly…you’ll need a passport to GET BACK HOME.

Even if you’re not about to step on a plane, procuring a passport now could save you time and money in the future. Not only will you be opening the door to a future international vacation, with a U.S. passport in hand, you’ll be prepared to visit friends and relatives who move abroad or to take a job that requires international travel.

Because it takes an average of four to six weeks for a U.S. passport application to be processed, not having a one could mean turning down a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

While expedited processing is available, it does cost a bit more.  It’s never good to wait till the last minute to obtain this official government document anyway.

Passport fees also change from time to time.

While a new U.S. passport currently costs $135, there’s no guarantee that fee won’t increase in a few years. By spending the money now, you’ll save time and upfront costs when you are ready to test your traveler’s mettle.

Ready to make the leap?

Here’s how to get a passport.  It’s an easy 3 steps.


First: Fill out a  DS-11 Passport Application


Confirm your eligibility to apply for a U.S. passport with the State Department and print out a Form DS-11 (Application for U.S. Passport) or complete it on-line and then print it out.  You must bring a completed DS-11 Passport application with you when you apply.

Wait To Sign It!

You must sign your application in front of the accepting agent.

A DS-11 is included with all passport photo services offered by 007passportphotos.com.


Second: Get Passport Photos


You will need to bring one compliant passport photos with your application when you apply.

This goes for new applicants and renewals.

U.S. Passport photo requirements are 2″ x 2″ on matte or glossy photo quality paper against a white or neutral background.


Make sure you have nothing covering your face (hair or excessive makeup).  No hats or crazy big grins.

Keep it casual and natural.

Bear in mind, non compliant photos can be a cause for passport application denial.

Not to worry.  007PassportPhotos.com covers all your bases and offers as many retakes of your photo as necessary to get you on your way.  Our 150% back guarantee says so.


Third: Drop off application


First-time applicants are required to deliver their DS-11 passport application form in person at an authorized Passport Application Acceptance Facility or Passport Agency.

An acceptance facility will typically be a post office, clerk of court, public library.

A passport agency will be a official devision or arm of the U.S. Government and can assist in expediting your application.  A acceptance facility can not.

Because of this we recommend applying at a passport agency.

The State Department has a handy online tools above to help you find the facility most convenient to your location.

In addition to your application, you will need to bring all of the following as proof of citizenship:

  • A birth or naturalization certificate
  • A photo ID (Driver’s license or military ID)
  • Photocopies of BOTH of these forms of identification.

You will also need to pay application fees.

For U.S. Passports books: $135

For U.S. Passport cards: $55


Be prepared to wait in line.  You are, after all, relying on federal bureaucracy.

But you can save time by taking a few small measures to escape the crowds, like visiting at a slower time of day or driving to a smaller or less central office.

And viola! That’s it!

Depending on when you applied, processing times can be up to 4-6 weeks.  So plan ahead.  Current Passport processing times can be found Here.

In a nutshell:

Fill out an application – Get yourself a photo – Drop both off at a office – Pay $135

Cabo San Lucas beaches
A Passport or Passport Card helps get you here: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

You can’t use a passport if you don’t have one.

Take the steps above and get your ticket to see the world.

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The ONE government line you can avoid…every 10 years

Passport Photo Store

It’s no coincidence that the most critical part of your passport can be the most time-consuming.

And most embarrassing if you are not careful!

Passport photo requirements can be daunting for the first-time applicants.

Most would-be passport holders will opt to have the image taken in person by an “official service provider” such as a pharmacy, Postal Annex or post office.

If you’ve ever sat in a passport application line and wondered what was taking so long…it was probably the photo.

The laundry list of requirements for a passport photo runs the gamut from the basics – a 2 x 2 inch color image printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper – to more detailed restrictions – like image background, clothing requirements, and the amount of space within the photo taken up by your face.

It may seem far more convenient to take care of this important and seemingly complicated task at one of the above locations, but is it really worth the time for this simple pic?

The average American spends hundreds of hours a year waiting in line and 37 Billion as a country in total.

Passport photo line

Yes…that’s billion with a capitol “B”.

Every second of it gets harder to bare as advancing technology plunges us deeper into the world of instant gratification.  Sure, you could browse the web on your smart phone, read, or meditate as you wait around.

Though we doubt there is any extra joy in standing in line for your passport photos.

Is there another way?

Yes there is!

Get your Passport Photos Online


Save some money and buy back your time.  Two good reasons to get your passport photos online!


You can roll your eyes at our attempt at some poetry, but the process is quite easy in the digital age we think it deserves a jingle.

The service actually utilizes the often over looked little device standard on almost every laptop and desktop out there today.

Your computer’s WebCam.

007PassportPhotos.com online service allows you to skip the lines and the mind-numbing boredom of waiting by snapping your passport photo using your WebCam.

Take your passport photo online, on YOUR time.


You’ll get more than just a 2” x 2” picture of yourself…you’ll get your time back


Sit in front of whatever background you want (our service puts your photo in front of a proper white/neutral background) and ware your normal clothing – no uniforms or camouflage allowed. Hats and other head coverings, except for religious wear, are also verboten.

Face the camera directly with a neutral facial expression (or very small smile) and make sure that nothing is casting a shadow over your face.

Once you’re confident everything is in place, snap the pic and you’re done!

And it only took 2 minuets.

Still unsure? Go over the State Department’s passport photo requirements one step at a time will put you at ease. And then re-take your photo till you get one you are satisfied with.

Might as well make sure it’s a good one.


Passports are valid for 10 years


Who isn’t in a better state of mind at home than they are after spending a frustrating hour waiting in line at a government office?

If you still feel uncertain about your photo’s ability to meet all the passport photo requirements, upload it to the State Department’s website. They offer an online tool for testing your photo’s eligibility.

We got your back as well.

If our photo processing agents feel that your pic does not meet criteria we will let you know and offer you your money back or as many other opportunities to retake your photo until we get it right!

Having this crucial step of the passport process complete before arriving at the application acceptance facility will save you a great deal of time. Non-compliant photos that do not meet government standards are a cause for your passport application’s denial.

That would stink!

Best to have someone with you to make sure you get it right.

Using your webcam at 007PassportPhotos.com, you’re not just buying an image – you’re buying back your valuable time.

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3 Benefits of taking your Passport Photo online

Passport stamps US passport photos



3 Benefits of taking your Passport Photo Online


If you are traveler from any walk of life, you are going to need a passport and some passport photos every once in a while.

Ok…every 10 years.

But still, it’s a procedure that needs to get done. And one of the seemingly most simple processes, getting your passport photo, can end up taking more time than expected.

Now, in the era of the internet technology there is no point to stand in line for hours at the post office or some other store in order to get these little 2” x 2” pictures.

Now at 007PassportPhotos you can snap your own passport photo online…on YOUR own time.

Not someone else’s store hours.

Submit to our agents (we do have 007 in our name after all) a photo taken from your webcam or upload a pic from your iPhone or Android. We’ll take care of the rest.

And the rest includes the proper white or neutral background along with the correct sizing of your passport photo.

No more running around looking for a great white wall to take your pic in front of.

And aside from getting quality and compliant set of photos to your door, there are three added benefits of our Double “O” service at 007PassportPhotos.com


Save Time


If you are a busy individual or a mom taking care of 3 kids, it’s going to be difficult for you to visit your local post office or pharmacy to get your passport photos taken.

You a professional working 9 to 5 and even later…well your lunch break may not give you enough time for an out and back run to CVS or Walgreens.  Not to mention…actually having the time to EAT your lunch.

Using our, or rather, your webcam to snap a proper online passport photo will take less than 2 minuets.  All lines avoided.

You just rescued your lunch break.

Passport photo line


Congrats, you just bought yourself 45 minuets of your life back!

Or download your photo and print it off yourself for FREE!  Simply make sure you follow the guidelines for proper passport photo requirements.


Save Money


It’s going to cost you some money if you want these specific photos.

Of course.

If you travel to a brick and mortar store, first you’ll have to pay to get there and then the tack on their service charges. This usually ends up being $12.99 for a set at various pharmacies.

It will cost an ADDITIONAL $12.99 if you wish to retake your photo too.

A bit much if you screw up that first shot of yours.

Better to sit at home and save some dough.

Print your photos yourself after snapping your pic with us.


Saving you money and saving your time. Another good reason to get your passport photos online!


BAM! Rhyme time!


Best Photo


How common is it to find a person complaining about his passport photo for an official purpose?

We are definitely guilty of this. Our first photos from 20 years ago look like mug shots.

Well, this is what happens when you utilize the services by a post office or other store for a passport photo.

No re-takes.

At 007passportphotos.com you are in charge of capturing your photo. Snap away until you get one that you are satisfied with.

This enables you to show your best looks. But not too good. Put on normal clothing and have a neutral expression or small smile. No huge grins!

You can take all the time that you want to get ready. Once you are satisfied with the way that you are done up then click that button.

Simple as that.

Save your time – Save your money – The passport photo you want


It’s nice when any company or organization offers quality experience and great customer service. It should be expected.

If they can offer you your time back as well…even better.

We are aiming for all 3.


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