One of the first things you should do in preparing for your study abroad experience is obtain a passport. If you do not currently have a passport that is valid at least six months after your program abroad ends, you must apply for or renew your passport immediately. It can take from ten to twelve weeks or more, (four to six weeks if expedited) and student visas cannot be issued without a valid passport.
New passports cost $145 (including processing fee), and if you are renewing your passport, the cost is $110 (if you qualify to renew by mail).
In Middlebury you can apply for a passport at the Court House (next to Shaw’s) or at the U.S. Post Office on Main Street. To apply for a passport, you will need:
◙ Completed passport application (see http://travel.state.gov/passport/)
◙ Passport application fee (see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/fees.html)
◙ Valid proof of citizenship [e.g., an expired U.S. passport, a certified (original) birth certificate];
◙ Proof of identity (a valid driver’s license or government identification card, provided they identify you by physical description or photograph);
◙ Two identical 2 x 2-inch passport photographs taken within six months of applying for your passport.
Make sure you allow sufficient time for your passport application to be processed and your new passport issued to enable you to comply with any visa application timeframes.
If your passport is in the final year of validity you are advised to check the requirements of all the countries you plan on traveling to before making final travel plans. Some countries impose a minimum passport validity of three, six, nine months or up to a year for arriving passengers.