1 Reply Latest reply on May 11, 2020 8:29 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Searching for passport of grandparent


      Hi, I'm interested in finding a grandparents passport? Is it possible to order copies of the actual passport - the photo and the places /dates that they traveled outside of the USA? (was born in New York ) traveled around the 1930s to 1950. Where would I go to order this, if it's possible? I did see a copy of a passport on family search but it was for immigration and nationalization.- (what year did the passport photos start?) Anyone have any ideas?


        • Re: Searching for passport of grandparent
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Kay,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The actual passports that are issued to individuals that would have the stamps on it indicating foreign travel are not retained by the federal government. They typically are not collected by the federal government during or after a person’s life unless the passport is revoked or surrendered for various reasons. 


          The State Department has custody of passport applications dated after 1925.  For information on how to request an application, please visit their web site at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/have-passport/passport-records.html. All requests for passport records issued after 1925 to the present should be mailed to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Law Enforcement Liaison, FOIA Officer, 44132 Mercure Circle, P.O. Box 1227, Sterling, VA 20166.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!