How to Get a Passport

One of the very first things that you need to do to prepare for this trip is to get a US Passport if you do not have one already. It can take up to 2 months to get the passport so you need to apply for this as soon as possible. You cannot apply for your India Visa until you have your passport in hand. Please click here to apply for a US Passport. 

You will need to call your local Post Office or local County Court House to set up an appointment for them to send in your passport application. Do not sign your passport application until you get to the post office, you must sign it in front of them. You need to apply for a passport "book" and the cost will be $135 for a first time passport applicant. 

When you talk to the local post office or court house ask them clearly what you need to bring with you to their office. You will definitely need an authorized birth certificate, driver's license and 2 photo pictures (which you can get taken at the post office at the time of your visit).