The DS-11 Application Form is a form that is used to apply for a new United States passport. The U.S Department of State has certain specific requirements for who is eligible and not eligible to use the form.
A U.S. citizen applying for a passport for the first time should use the DS-11 form when submitting their application. Similarly, any person seeking to renew a passport that was originally issued when the individual was under the age of 16 will need to use the DS-11 form. Parents applying for a child or children under the age of 16 are also required to use the DS-11 form to submit their passport application.
There are certain other situations where citizens are required to use the DS-11. For instance, if the passport an individual has currently was issued more than 15 years ago, or if the current passport is lost or stolen, the individual will need the DS-11 form to renew or replace your passport. Similarly, anyone who has changed their name since the last passport was issued will be required to use the DS-11 form.
Like most U.S. government forms, the DS-11 is available for download online. Individuals applying for a passport can simply print it out and fill it or they can fill out an online version of the form and submit it online as well. Processing times for U.S. passports vary depending on jurisdiction of the passport office but typically average around three and four weeks. Individuals who want to receive their passports sooner can request expedited service at an additional cost.