The method of securing an official passport depends largely on the issuing jurisdiction's laws. Different countries and states have their own procedures for passport application; there are, however, several requirements that remain fairly consistent regardless of the applicant's current location. In most countries, individuals will need to prepare several certified official documents in order to confirm their identities, as well as confirmation on the official nature of their travels. Most, if not all, applicants will also need to make personal appearances at their countries' designated foreign affairs or travel departments. Individuals working in governmental and military positions will often get assistance in securing an official passport from their respective departments.
An official passport is issued to individuals who need to travel to fulfill certain services to the state; as such, these documents are often issued at no cost to the applicant, unlike regular tourist passports. In order to apply for one, individuals should first apply for a government-controlled task that requires foreign travel. This could involve medical missions, diplomatic business, or military service, among other responsibilities. Although some of these tasks are open to volunteers from the public, most of these require personal affiliation with a government agency.
Applicants will need confirmation that their travels are for official business. This often comes in the form of certified documents issued by a government official. In some cases, a government-issued identification card will suffice; in others, a direct phone call from the office to the issuing body is enough to clear an individual for application. These occasions are relatively rare, however, making official documentation the best means of confirmation.
The rest of the procedure is usually the same as the process for acquiring a regular tourist passport. Applicants for an official passport will need to prepare a number of government-issued documents including, but not limited to, a birth certificate, a state-issued driver's license, and a tax certification. Travel agents recommend that applicants prepare several copies of these documents, as some travel departments keep submitted files.
Applicants will also need to schedule an appointment for any personal appearances that might be required. Some departments might require the appearance for an interview, or to simply sign the passport and pose for an identification photo. Processing and delivery times vary on the applicant's country and location. An official passport might also be issued to the applicant's spouse and any accompanying dependents, if applicable. Individuals with an official passport should also ensure that they possess the corresponding visa for their destinations, as both documents are required for travel.