Anyone intending to travel abroad must have or (immediately!) procure a current Passport. Passport applications can sometimes take several months to process (although for an additional fee the process can be expedited). The Florence Main Post Office on Evans and Cashua street suggests you call ahead and schedule an appointment to process your application.
To obtain a Passport you will need:
A completed application (Form DS-11). Check with the Post Office in your hometown or large branch office in a nearby town. When you're filling out the form, remember not to sign it until the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so. Application forms are also available at the Department of State's travel website: http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html
Proof of US Citizenship. Often this will be your Certified Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
Proof of Identity. Present a current, valid driver's license, Naturalization Certificate, or Certificate of Citizenship.
Two copies of photograph, 2 x 2 inches. This should be a recent photo showing your current appearance in your normal attire. Be sure that it shows your full face. The Passport office in the Florence Post Office can take this photograph during your visit, or you can have it taken at most Walgreens or CVS stores.
Application Fee. The current fee is about $140, including the photograph, if you have it taken on site.
Your Social Security Number. Have your card with you when you go to the Post Office, just to be sure.
Visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_832.html to learn more about obtaining a Passport for the first time.
To renew a Passport please follow the directions at:
Provided your current Passport meets certain requirements, you may be able to renew it by mail.