To obain a passport you will need a certified original birth certificate, copies are not accepted. Two color photos with no blemishes on them. A photo I.D. like a drivers license. A passport application completely filled out. All this information is what you will take to a post office that is certified to process the paperwork. The orginal birth certificate will be returned to you. The process takes from four to six weeks and costs about $100 unless you pay a private passport service to expedite the application.