There has been much confusion in the media regarding passport legislation. Here are the facts.
As of June 1, 2009, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun enforcing the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), legislation passed by Congress. This mandates that anyone crossing the border into the United States must have proof of citizenship. The passport is currently the only document that satisfies this requirement.
Passports are granted by the U.S. State Department. For details on obtaining a passport, visit their website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html . For a list of passport acceptance facilities in your area , visit http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/ .
Download an application for a passport here. http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/forms_847.html . Follow the instructions on the page and consult with the above link for additional instructions. Photos for passports can be obtained at selected USPS locations, AAA offices and many major drug store chains.
Fees for passports
Age 19 and older: $97
Under age 19: $82