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Passport Requirements/Checklist

Last modified: 4/4/2016 4:36 PM

Passport applications are done appointment only.  Please schedule your appointment online or by contacting our office at (408) 299-5688.

Passport appointments are available from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. 


Please read through the information below then check the "I have read the Requirements / Checklist" box for the option to schedule appointment online.

Note that the "hand carry" processing option is no longer available.


1​ Children under 16 years old

Both parents or legal guardian need to appear in person. Please see U.S. Department web site for allowable exceptions.  See the "Special Requirements for Children" section on the DS-11 form.

Passport photos of children - the child must be able to stand without assistance in order to take picture. If assistance is required, the clerk will not take the picture.​


Passport Application​

Form DS-11 (available at the Recorder's Office, at any post office or downloadable from the US State Department web site.​

Passport photos​

Two identical 2" x 2" photos that must be 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

Documents 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 ​

Must have your 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​

Acceptable forms of payment for fees.

  •  Check (one check per applicant)
  • Money Order​

Processing Options:

​Routine Service 4-6 weeks processing time​
Expedite Service​ 2-3 weeks processing time. Expedite fee required
In-Person Service ​ < 2-3 weeks lead time. You must apply in-person at the San Francisco Passport Agency. Expedite fee required


I have read the Requirements / Checklist.