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Passport Requirements / Schedule an Appointment

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County, we are suspending passport acceptance services beginning March 12, 2020 until further notice.  The latest information and updates from the U.S. Department of State Passport Services can be found by visiting 

  • Passport applications are done by appointment only.
  • Passport hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 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.

Passport Requirements / Checklist


Children under 16 years old
​Both parents or legal guardian need to appear in person.  Please see the U.S. Department of State web site for allowable exceptions.
Also read the "Special Requirements for Children' section on the DS-11 form.
Passport photos of children - Due to time constraints per applicant, if assistance is required the clerk will not take the picture.

​2. Passport Application ​Form DS-11 is available at any of the following:


Passport Photos
​One 2" x 2" photo that must be taken within the last six (6) months.  Front view with a white or off-white background.

Passport photo service is also available at the Clerk-Recorder's Office.



Evidence of citizenship
​Documents will be submitted with the application and will be returned with the newly issued passport:

  • A certified copy of a birth certificate (California and Texas Birth abstracts are not acceptable).
  • A Certificate of Naturalization or of Citizenship
  • An expired U.S. passport
  • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad


The card must be current and government issued containing 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
The following are acceptable forms of payment for fees:​
  • Check(s)
  • Money Order

    Who should I make payments to?
    • One check or Money Order per applicant to the U.S. Department of State
    • One check, Money Order, or cash payable to the Clerk-Recorder's Office. 

      Checks cannot be combined.

What Types of Services do you have?

​Routine Service ​4 - 6 weeks processing time.
​Expedite Service ​2-3 weeks processing time.  Expedite fee required. Please contact San Francisco Passport Agency if you need passports sooner.

Last updated: 5/5/2020 11:45 AM