NEED A PASSPORT?
The following is information that has been compiled to assist you in the
process of applying and/or renewing a passport. Application forms are available
on-line at http://travel.state.gov/ or in the Clerk of Courts office.
VISIT travel.state.gov FIRST as updates and changes are frequent.
ROUTINE SERVICE –
As of ( Tuesday September 3, 2013 ), processing routine applications is taking approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application. Processing times change, check current processing times here.
FIRST TIME APPLICANTS (FORM DS-11)
ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPEAR
Items needed to process a passport:
- Completed Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport
- Certified copy of birth certificate, naturalization papers, or old passport
*A child under the age of 14 who had a previous passport must submit BOTH
passport & certified birth certificate
- Driver’s License or present identification (Child
under age 18 a parent’s driver’s license will be used)
- Photocopy of identification document(s) presented above.
- 2” x 2” passport photo(1) - Passport Photo Requirements
- Check or money order payable to US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
For current Passport Fees and methods of payment, visit: Passport Fees
- Processing fee to Clerk of Courts for $25 (can be cash or check)
EXPEDITED SERVICE – Customers wishing to receive passports within 2 weeks may request expedited service. Add $60 per application and 2-way overnight delivery. ***Expedite fee does not include overnight delivery***
Renew by Mail if All of the Following are True:
Your Most Recent U.S. Passport:
- Is undamaged and can be submitted
with your application
- Was issued when you were age 16 or older
- Was issued within the last 15 years
- Was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change
If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must Apply in Person
PASSPORT RENEWAL (FORM DS-82) – Visit travel.state.gov/passport/renew/ to learn more about the renewal process. Renewal customers submit applications to
passport agency directly
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS UNDER AGE 14
*** MINOR MUST APPEAR IN PERSON***
- Both parents must appear together and sign or
- One parent appears, signs and submits second parent’s NOTARIZED statement of consent authorizing
the issuance of the passport for the minor child (a notarized Form DS-3053, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 14), or a notarized written statement with the same
information on a sheet of paper from the non-appearing parent that includes the child’s name and date of birth, as well as parent’s identification information or a copy of his/her ID may be used for this purpose
- One parent appears, signs and submits primary
evidence of sole authority to apply (such as one of the following):
- Child’s certified US or foreign birth certificate (with translation, if necessary) listing only applying parent; or
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) listing only applying parent; or
- Court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless child’s travel is restricted by that order); or
- Adoption decree (if applying parents is sole adopting parent);
- Court order specifically permitting applying parents or guardian’s travel with the child;
- Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent; or
- Death certificate of non-applying parent.
If none of the above documentation is available, the
applying parent/guardian should submit a Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport
to a Minor Under Age 14.
A third-party in loco parentis applying on behalf of a minor under the age of 14 must submit a notarized written statement or affidavit from both parents or guardians
authorizing a third-party to apply for a passport. When the statement or affidavit is from only one parent/guardian, the third-party must present evidence of sole custody of the authorizing parent/guardian.