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Passport Requirements

Last modified: 1/27/2014 10:10 AM

All individuals applying for passports must appear in person with: 

  • A fully completed Passport Application Form - Form DS-11 (available at the Recorder's Office, at any post office or downloadable from the US State Department web site.
  • Two identical 2" x 2" passport photos, taken within the last 6 months. Front view with a white or off-white background. (Available for purchase at the Clerk-Recorder's Office.)
  • Evidence of citizenship (will be submitted with application and returned with passport):
    - A certified birth certificate copy (California and Texas birth abstracts not acceptable)
    - A Certificate of Naturalization or of Citizenship
    - An expired U.S. passport
    - A Consular Report of Birth
  • Identification (with signature and photograph or physical description):
    - A valid driver's license
    - A U.S. Passport
    - An official military identification card
    - A Certificate of Naturalization or of Citizenship
  • Acceptable forms of payment for fees.

There are special requirements for children under 16. Both parents or legal guardians are required to appear in person. For further information, including details of allowable exceptions, please see the U.S. State Department web site