All The Proof Of Travel Needed For U.S. Passport Applications


Depending on what kind of passport service you need (new passport, renewal, minor, etc.), providing proof of travel may be necessary. If you’ve never had to do this before, knowing exactly which documents to provide can be overwhelming. Especially if you need a passport in a hurry.

Read on to discover exactly what proof of travel is, as well as the documents currently accepted.

What Is Proof of Travel?

Proof of travel is generally only asked for if you need to arrange an appointment with a regional passport agency for an urgent passport. Or if you’re using a company to expedite a passport on your behalf.

If you simply need to renew a passport or apply for a new one without any sudden need for the process to be completed urgently, no proof is necessary.

Acceptable Proof of Travel Documents

When asked, it’s likely you’ll be provided with a list of acceptable documents you can choose from. These are:

  1. Email confirmation or E-ticket from an airline
  2. Airline reservation
  3. A letter from your company or employer specifically outlining your need for an urgent passport. It must be signed by a company representative (other than you). Include your full name and job title
  4. A reservation with the travel agency you’ve arranged your trip with

All of these documents must contain your name and date of departure from the U.S. To prove an urgent need for your passport, your departure date must be within 2 weeks of submitting your application.

Can’t Provide Proof of Travel?

Without proof of travel, you won’t be able to apply for a passport through a regional passport agency. To make an appointment, proof of travel is necessary, so without it, you won’t get far. The same applies when expediting a passport, regardless of which company you choose to go with.

It can be daunting to go ahead and book a trip without having a valid passport at hand, but doing this is the only way you’ll be able to start the application process.