Looking for old passport records? For historical, genealogical, and data discovery, the National Archives and Records Administration maintains records for passport issuances prior to 1925. For more recent applications, The Passport Services maintains more current United States passport records from 1925 to the present.
Passport records may consist of applications submitted for the issuance of a passport or other records such as a Consular Report of Birth, a Certificate of Witness to Marriage, a Certificate of Loss of Nationality, or a Consular Report of Death. These records are protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a. Passport records do not include evidence of travel such as entrance/exit stamps, visas, residence permits, etc.
You can apply for more recent passport records if you are seeking a copy of your passport records or the passport records of your minor child or an incompetent person as to whom you are a legal guardian. Additionally, you can apply for passport records of someone for whom you have their specific written authorization. This is considered a Privacy Act request. The Privacy Act allows you to obtain copies of records in your own name and the name(s) of your minor children or an incompetent person for whom you are authorized to act as a guardian, as well as records in the name of any person who has properly authorized you to obtain them.
The processing time for copies of passport records generally takes 8 to 12 weeks.
There are no fees to request a regular copy of your passport records, those of your minor children or an incompetent person for whom you act as a guardian, or as an authorized representative for another individual U.S. citizen. If you wish to obtain certified copies of these records, the certification fee is $50.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to “Department of State” and mailed with the request above to the address below. If you would like a certified copy of a passport record, send requests for your passport records directly to Passport’s Office of Legal Affairs and Law Enforcement Liaison, Law Enforcement Liaison Division, at the address below:
U.S. Department of State
Office of Law Enforcement Liaison
44132 Mercure Cir
P.O. Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166
If you wish to request these records, you will be required to submit a typed or clearly printed request that provides:
The request must be signed and notarized or made under penalty of perjury pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746. If you are making the request on behalf of another as an authorized representative, you may use DS-4240, the Department’s Certification of Identity form, to provide proof of authorization.
The National Archives and Records Administration maintains records for passport issuances prior to 1925. You may contact them at the following address:
National Archives and Records Administration
Reference Branch 8th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20408
Telephone: 1-866-325-7208 or 202-357-5411