Passport applications are available at City Hall or can be downloaded off the Internet (travel.state.gov). Customers must apply in person with identification and necessary documents. Routine passport processing takes up to six weeks and requires attachment of your certified birth certificate.
DS-11 Standard Passport Application
• First-time applicants – must attach proof of citizenship (birth certificate, naturalization certificate)
• Persons with lost, stolen, or damaged passport – must include DS-64 form
• Persons with previous passport that is expired; issued more than 15 years ago
• Persons with previous passport that is expired; issued when they were a child (15 and under) – must attach both expired passport plus birth certificate
• Persons who is unable to provide proof of name change
DS-82 Passport Renewal
• Adults whose passports were issued when they were at least 16 years old – must be submitted by customer, not Passport Agent and must attach most recent passport
DS-3053 Consent from Absent Parent (attachment to DS-11)
• Parent must provide notarized permission for minor, 15 or younger, to apply for passport in parent’s absence – must include copy of front and back of identification presented to notary
DS-5504 No-fee Passport Replacement
• Adults with name change, corrections to issued passports, or limited validity replacement – must be submitted by customer, not Passport Agent and must submit proper documents (marriage certificate, court records, etc.) within one year of when original passport was issued; not one year from name change
Forms used less frequently are available online (travel.state.gov) or at City Hall.
U.S. Passport Book or Card? A book is valid for travel to all international destinations via air, land, and sea. A card is valid for re-entry at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry when returning to the U.S. from Mexico, Canada, Caribbean, and Bermuda. Travelers should research entry requirements of the country they plan to visit.
Driving through Canada? Those wishing to take advantage of fast-clearance lanes should carry passports. Children under the age of 16 are not required to carry them as long as they have proof of citizenship (birth certificates) and are traveling with a parent who is a U.S. citizen. Proper ID and a notarized letter of consent from an absent parent are also necessary. Show proof of name changes if different from what is on a child’s birth certificate. Entry into Canada is solely determined by the Canada Border Services Agency (204-983-3500) in accordance with Canadian law. Entry into the United States is determined by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (907-774-2252), not the Department of State Passport Agency.
Expedited Service – Applications are sent via priority mail for faster turnaround (10 days to 3 weeks). Another option is to make an appointment to appear at the Regional Passport Agency in Seattle. Business hours for appointments are 8:00-1:00, Monday through Friday. Make appointment before making flight arrangements, allowing time for the stopover in Seattle. The National Passport Information Center (1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 TDD/TYY) is an automated phone system, available 24/7.
For more information call City Hall (895-4656), your local Passport Acceptance Facility.