Thursday, April 24, 2014
 
Applying for a U.S. Passport
 
Passport Cards are now available. Please click here for more information.
 
 
All first-time applicants, including minors, must apply in person and have the following:
 
1. Completed Application for Passport (Form DS-11) 
  • Type or print in black or blue ink only
  • Do not sign application
 
2. Proof of Citizenship
  • Certified birth certificate (issued by city, county or state)
  • Previously issued US Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
 
3. Proof of Identity
  • Drivers License
  • State Issued Identification Card
  • U.S. Passport (unexpired)
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Military Identification Card
  • Government Identification Card
 
Persons 18 years of age and older must present one of the above listed forms of identity.             
 
Minors ages 16 and 17 may apply on their own if they have a form of identity listed above. Though for security reasons, parental consent may be requested. If the child does not have identification of his or her own, a parent must accompany the child to present identification.
 
Persons ages 15 and under must be accompanied by both parents listed on the child's birth certificate. Parents must show one of the above listed forms of identification.
 
Please click here for additional requirements for children 15 years of age and younger.
 
4. Photographs
  • Two duplicate photographs must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Photographs must be 2" x 2" and have a white or off-white background.
  • The Cass County Clerk/Register's Office provides these photos at a cost of $10.
 
5. Passport Fee - must be in check or money order form and made payable to the US Department of  State
  • Ages 16 and over - $110.00    Your passport will be valid for 10 years from the date of issue.
  • Ages 15 and under - $80.00    Your passport will be vaild for 5 years from the date of issue.
 
6. Processing Fee
  • $25 payable to the Cass County Clerk - cash, check (payable to the Cass County Clerk/Register) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover) are accepted for this fee only
 Normal passport processing time is five to six weeks. Passports may also be expedited with a return time of about three weeks by paying an additional fee of $60 (Express Mail service is available for an additional fee.)

 

 

Renewing a Passport

You may apply to renew your passport by mail if you:

  1. Already have a passport that is not damaged
  2. Received it within the last 15 years
  3. Were at least age 16 when it was issued
  4. Have the same name as it appears on passport (or you can legally document your name change.)

 If you answered yes to all of the above, you may apply by mail.  To so so, you must:

1.   Complete Application for Passport by Mail (Form DS-82)

2.   Attach to the form:

  • Your most recent passport
  • Two identical passport photographs
  • $110 fee in check or money order form made payable to the U.S. Department of State
  • If you would like to request Expedited Service, you must send an additional fee of $60 along with a prepaid overnight return envelope

3.   If your name has changed since your last passport you must enclose an original, certified copy of the legal document specifying your name change (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce decree, adoption certificate or court order.)

4.   Mail in a padded envelope to:

 

            National Passport Processing Center
            P.O. Box 90155
            Philadelphia PA 19190-0155

 

5.   For Expedited Service, include an additional $60, clearly mark 'EXPEDITE' on the outside of the padded envelope and send to:

 

            National Passport Processing Center
            P.O. Box 90955
            Philadelphia PA  19190-0955

 

 

Special Requirements for Children ages 15 and under

1.   Complete application

  • Type or print in black or blue ink only
  • Do not sign application

2.   Proof of Citizenship

  • Certified birth certificate (issued by city, county or state)
  • Previously issued U.S. Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate

3.   Present Evidence of Child's Relationship to Parents/Guardians

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate (with parents' names)
  • Certified Foreign Birth Certificate (with parents' names)
  • Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) (with parents' names)
  • Adoption Decree (with adopting parents' names)
  • Court Order Establishing Custody
  • Court Order Establishing Guardianship

Note:  If the parent or guardian's name is other than that on these documents, evidence of legal name change is required.

4.   Provide Parental Identification

  • Drivers License
  • State Issued Identification Card
  • U.S. Passport (unexpired) with recognizable photo
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Military Identification Card
  • Government Identification Card

5.   Present Parental Application Permission Documentation

  • Both parents must appear together and sign or
  • One parent appears, signs and submits second parent's notarized statement of consent authorizing passport issuance for the child or
  • One parent appears, signs and submits primary evidence of sole authority to apply, such as one of following:
  • Child's certified U.S. or foreign birth certificate listing only applying parent
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth Abroad listing only applying parent
  • Court order granting sole custody to the applying parent (unless travel is restricted)
  • Judicial declaration of incompetence of non-applying parent
  • Death certificate of non-applying parent

6.   Photographs

  • Two duplicate photographs must be submitted at the time of application
  • Photographs must be 2" x 2" and have a white or off-white background
  • The Cass County Clerk/Register's Office provides these photos at a cost of $10

7.   Passport fee - must be in check or money order form and made payable to the U.S. Department of State

  • Under age 16 - $80.00

8.   Processing Fee

  • $25 payable to the Cass County Clerk - cash, check (payable to the Cass County Clerk/Register) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover) are accepted for this fee only

 

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