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Department of State (DOS)

On July 27, 1789, President George Washington signed the law creating the Department of Foreign Affairs, the first Federal executive department created under the new Constitution of the United States. Renamed two months later as the Department of State, today it is responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries. The State Department operates the diplomatic missions of the United States-- including embassies, consulates and the U.S. mission to the United Nations--  and oversees issuance of U.S. passports, visas, and travel advisories for U.S. travelers going abroad.

State is also responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomacy efforts and is the depositary for more than 200 multilateral treaties.

The State Department publishes many renowned publications on U.S. foreign relations, English teaching, international treaties, foreign travel and more, including the lauded Foreign Relations of the United States Series (FRUS) as well as magazines such as the highly engaging State Magazine and English Teaching Forum for those who teach English abroad.

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U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals, Form DS-82 (2010)

U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals, Form DS-82 (2010)

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Application For a U.S. Passport, Form DS-11 (2010)

Application For a U.S. Passport, Form DS-11 (2010)

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. XXXII, SALT I, 1969-1972

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. XXXII, SALT I, 1969-1972

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. X, Vietnam, January 1973-July 1975

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. X, Vietnam, January 1973-July 1975

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. VII: Vietnam, July 1970-January 1972

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. VII: Vietnam, July 1970-January 1972

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume VIII, Vietnam, January-October 1972

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume VIII, Vietnam, January-October 1972

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Treaties in Force 2010: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements in Force on January 1, 2010

Treaties in Force 2010: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements in Force on January 1, 2010

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XIX, Pt. 1, Korea, 1969-1972

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XIX, Pt. 1, Korea, 1969-1972

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXI, Foreign Economic Policy, 1973-1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXXI, Foreign Economic Policy, 1973-1976

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Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2009

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2009

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United States Participation in the United Nations: Report by the Secretary of State to Congress for the Year 2007

United States Participation in the United Nations: Report by the Secretary of State to Congress for the Year 2007

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Treaties in Force 2008: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements in Force as of January 1, 2008

Treaties in Force 2008: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements in Force as of January 1, 2008

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United States Participation in the United Nations: A Report by the Secretary of State to the Congress for the Year 2007 (sic., i.e., 2006)

United States Participation in the United Nations: A Report by the Secretary of State to the Congress for the Year 2007 (sic., i.e., 2006)

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Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2007

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2007

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Soviet-American Relations: The Detente Years, 1969-1972

Soviet-American Relations: The Detente Years, 1969-1972

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. 14: Soviet Union, October 1971-May 1972

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. 14: Soviet Union, October 1971-May 1972

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. 20: Southeast Asia, 1969-1972

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. 20: Southeast Asia, 1969-1972

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Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2006

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2006

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 29, Pt. 2: Japan

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 29, Pt. 2: Japan

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Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2005

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2005

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Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2004

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2004

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. 5, United Nations, 1969-1972

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, V. 5, United Nations, 1969-1972

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Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The United States Record, 2003-2004

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The United States Record, 2003-2004

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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala

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