Friday, February 24, 2017
 
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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Equalization Department Duties

The Equalization Department’s duty is to ensure that the real and personal property is assessed at uniform levels between townships and cities within the county.  The County equalizes separately each property classification:  personal property, agricultural, developmental, residential, commercial, industrial, and timber cutover real property.  This is done by adding to or deducting from the valuation of personal property and each class of real property in each township and city an amount that represents 50% of true cash value as required by State statute.

Real Property

In the residential class, the department uses sales data from a 24-month or 12-month period.  Staff directly compares it to assessments to determine whether the residential property class has been equally and uniformly assessed at 50% of true cash value.  Appraisal studies are done in the other classes of real property where sufficient sales are not available.  In these classes, a sample is selected to be representative of the entire class of property.  Professionals then set up property record cards, collect the field data and determine the true cash value of each property selected.  The studies are then subject to review, audit and change by the Michigan State Tax Commission.  The Equalization Department does not determine individual assessments or taxable values.  Instead, the appraisals made by the Equalization Staff are used to determine the total true cash value of each classification of property.

Personal Property

A reviewer conducts a review of a sample of the personal property in each township and city to determine whether the personal property in the respective townships and cities has been equally and uniformly assessed at 50% of the true cash value.

By June 20th annually the county equalization director reports to Michigan Treasury the taxable value of ad valorem and special acts personal property for each taxing jurisdiction within the county. This information in used in the reimbursement calculations for the Small Taxpayer and the Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property Exemption Loss.

Other Duties

The department also calculates millage rollback fractions required by law (Headlee, Truth in Assessing, Truth in County Equalization and Truth in Taxation) and provides assistance to local assessing officers and other organization when requested.

The Equalization Department produces the following reports found on this website:

Equalization Report

IFT Report

School District Report    

Top Ten Taxpayers

Millage Rollback Form L-4028     

Tax Rate Request Form L-4029

Apportionment Report

 

 

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