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I can only answer for Unites States citizens as I am not aware of the process for other countries. United States passports can be applied for at any United States Postal Service (USPS) branch. The postal service has released the following press release regarding passports.

“The cost of a passport at the Post Office is based on the age of the applicant and includes the passport and Department of State processing fee. For those 16-years and older, the charge is $97. Anyone younger than 16 years is charged $82. The U.S. Department of State recommends allowing at least six weeks for passport processing. Passport applications must be made in person at a participating Post Office. Applications cannot be made online.

Those choosing the Postal Service to apply for a passport have one more added benefit: photos can be taken in many Post Offices offering the passport service. When applying for a passport, customers must present proof of U.S. citizenship (a birth certificate or previous passport) and proof of identification (previous passport, driver’s license, military identification card).

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by Jan. 8, 2007, travelers by air or sea to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to have a valid, U.S. passport.

Passport applications can be made at 5,300 Passport Acceptance Locations in Post Offices around the country. A complete list may be found at http://www.usps.com/passport. ”

Another good passport link is the United States Department of State where all the federal guidelines are outlined and explained.

Forms for passports are available on both sites as PDF downloads.

The AAA (American Automobile Association) offers world wide travel planning services, passport services, international driving permit services, etc. If I am correct, you get a set of passport pictures free with membership.

Some places such as Kinkos/FedEx and Wal-Mart offer picture service for passports on a walk-in basis. Expect to pay around $8 per 2-inch by 2-inch instant passport picture.

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