Please call ahead to make sure a passport agent is available at City Hall (907-895-4656).
City Hall is open 8:00-5:00, M-F, but a passport agent may only be available between 11:00 and 3:00.
Allow ample time to process applications and deliver to the Post Office, especially if it is to be expedited. Mail goes out of Delta at 3:00. One application typically takes ten minutes to process.
Under special circumstances, passport agents will be available outside of normal business hours; appointments are required.
Passport application forms are available at City Hall or can be downloaded (travel.state.gov). Customers must apply in person with identification and necessary documents.
The busy season for passport processing is mid-March through August. Routine passport processing takes six to eight weeks. Expedited processing takes less than three weeks. Consider scheduling an appointment at the Seattle Passport Agency for faster turnaround. Additional expedite fees are required, whether application is mailed or customer applies in Seattle. * See expedite information below.
A good time to apply for passports is during the fall or winter when passport processing is not on overload.
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.
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 passports 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. Carry proof of name change if different from name listed on 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). Applicants can schedule an appointment to appear at the Regional Passport Agency in Seattle during business hours (8:00-1:00, M-F). Schedule flight, allowing time for the stopover in Seattle. The National Passport Information Center’s automated phone system (1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 TDD/TYY) is available 24/7.
Contact Passport Agents at City Hall (895-4656), 2288 Deborah Street, Delta Junction, Alaska, for more information about obtaining passports.
Call to ensure a passport agent is available.
What is REAL ID?
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and ID cards from states that do not meet the requirements.
Do I have to get a REAL ID?
REAL ID is voluntary. Alaskans will have a choice between a standard or REAL ID license or ID. Alaska Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) will be offered as REAL ID only.
Passport books are valid for travel to international destinations via air, land, and sea. Cards are valid for re-entry at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry when returning to the United States from Mexico, Canada, Caribbean, and Bermuda, but not international air travel. Real ID driver’s licenses and identification cards indicate identity and citizenship and are accepted to enter federal buildings, access military installations, and board commercial flights (October 1, 2020 mandate), but they cannot be used for international travel because they do not meet Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements. The Enhanced ID is valid for border crossings as is a passport, but the Real ID is not.
Beginning in October 2020, non-compliant cards will no longer be valid identification to enter federal facilities, access military bases, and to board commercial airplanes. If you do not need access to those facilities, then you may not need a REAL ID. Additionally, you may already have another form of ID that is compliant:
• Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles
• U.S. passport or passport card
• DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
• U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
• Permanent resident card
• Border crossing card
• DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
• Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
• HSPD-12 PIV card
• Foreign government-issued passport
• Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
• Transportation worker identification credential
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
Passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.
For more information visit www.doa.alaska.gov/dmv, contact TSA or border patrol.