You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months after the program ends. Non-U.S. citizens should verify the validity of their passports as well.
It is best to begin this process early, as normal processing time for a passport can take between four and six weeks. For first-time passports, apply in person at a U.S. Department of State agency, through selected post offices, or through clerks at federal, state, or county courthouses. The cost of a passport is not included in the CIMBA program fee.
Documents required for obtaining a U.S. passport:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (official birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or previous U.S. passport)
- Two recent, identical color 2” by 2” photographs with a white background (passport photos can be taken at most Kinkos, Walmarts, Walgreens, or other photo processing locations)
- Form of identification with your signature and photograph (i.e. driver’s license)
- Social Security number
- Passport fee
More information about passport applications can be found on the Department of State website.
Three important tips for passport security:
- Be sure to make several copies of your passport.
- Leave one copy at home and carry a copy abroad.
- Store the copy apart from the actual passport so as not to lose both at the same time. A copy of the passport speeds up the process of replacing it in case of loss or theft.