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CLERK'S FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


A passport is an internationally recognized travel document attesting to the identity and nationality of the bearer. The passport is a request on the part of the issuing government that officials of foreign governments permit the bearer to travel in their territories and to afford them all lawful aid and protection.

A passport card is the wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea. The passport card is adjudicated to the same standards as the passport book. You must provide documents that establish your U.S. citizenship and identity.


Among the large number of questions the clerk receives, there are a few that are asked more than most. Here you will find many of these "Frequently Asked Questions" and their answers.

If your particular question is not here, or you need elaboration on an answer given here, feel free to contact the Clerk by phone below or by email.

PASSPORT INFORMATION  (850) 606-4060

  • Who needs a passport?
  • Anyone, including infants, departing from the United States and entering the United States from outside the United States. Travel.State.Gov contains information regarding the passport and visa requirements of foreign countries, and their respective fees.

    A passport is not required for travel by U.S. citizens to any territory or waters, including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • What are the requirements for a passport?
  • New Applicants

    You must complete the Passport Application Form DS-11 and apply in person if any of the following are true: SAVE TIME and complete your application prior to getting to our office by simply clicking on the link above. Just remember, DO NOT sign it until you are in front of one of our clerks.
    • You have never had a U.S. passport.
    • Your most recent passport was valid for five years only.
    • Your most recent passport was issued more than 15 years ago.
    • Your most recent passport was lost or stolen.
    Please bring with you the following required documentation:

    Proof of Citizenship (Provide one of the following):
    • Previous U.S. Passport
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate (must have the names of both parents on it)
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    Proof of Identity (provide one of the following):
    • Previous U.S. passport
    • Valid driver license (A temporary or learnerís license does not meet this requirement.)
    • State identification card (Photographic likeness should be recent.)
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    If you cannot prove your identity as outlined above, please contact our office at 850-606-4060 for details on other options. One recent passport photo, 2" x 2" is required. Photograph can be taken at the Clerkís Office at 1276 Metropolitan Boulevard, #101. Click here for our current hours of operation. Cost of the photograph required is $10. There are also private photographic studios in Tallahassee that can provide this service.

    Passport Renewal

    All Passport renewals require the completion of Form DS-82. You may renew your passport by mail if (1) you hold a passport that was valid for 10 years and expired less than 5 years ago, and (2) your valid passport has not been lost or destroyed. The mailing address is listed on page 2 of the application form.

    We have forms available and can answer any questions to assist you. We can also take the required photos; however, you are responsible for mailing the actual renewal application.

    Instructions
    • Complete, sign and mail Form DS-82. The mailing address is on page 2 of the application form.
    • Include your most recent passport with one new passport photo. If the name you are using differs from the name on your most recent passport, you must submit a (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate, or (2) certified copy of court order showing the change. Photographs can be taken at the Clerkís Office at 1276 Metropolitan Boulevard, #101, for a $10 fee. Click here for our current hours of operation. There are also private photographic studios in Tallahassee that can provide this service.
    • If your passport is mutilated or damaged, you must (1) use the DS-11 application form and apply in person at our office at 1276 Metropolitan Boulevard, #101, Tallahassee. DO NOT sign the form until you are in front of one of our clerks.

    Passport Reapplication

    If your most recent passport was issued less than one year ago, use the DS-5504 form for the following:
    • Name change
    • Data correction
    • Limited passport replacement
    We have forms available and can answer any questions to assist you. We can also take the required photos; however, you are responsible for mailing the actual application.

    Instructions
    • Complete, sign and date the Reapplication Form DS-5504.
    • Mail your application to one of the addresses listed on the back of the DS-5504 form.
    • There is no fee if your passport was issued less than 1 year ago, unless you request expedited processing.
    If your most recent passport was issued more than 1 year ago AND you have the passport, use Form DS-82.

    Instructions
    • Complete, sign and mail your application to the address listed on the back of the DS-82 form.
    • Include the appropriate payment/fee.
    If your most recent passport was issued more than one year ago AND you do not have the passport, complete Form DS-11 and bring it to the Leon County Clerk & Comptrollerís Northeast Branch office at 1276 Metropolitan Boulevard, #101, for processing. DO NOT sign the form until you are in front of one of our clerks.

    Application for Minors (under age 16ófor new and renewal passports)

    Instructions

    You must complete the New Applicant DS-11 form and include the following. SAVE TIME and complete the application prior to getting to our office by simply clicking on this link. Just remember, DO NOT sign it until you are in front of one of our clerks.

    Proof of Childís Citizenship (provide one of the following):
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate (must show the names of both parents)
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Expired passport
    Proof of Both Parentís Identity (provide one of the following):
    • Previous U.S. passport
    • Government issued identification card (photographic likeness should be recent)
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    Proof of Parental/Guardian Relationship
    • Birth certificate listing both parentsí names, or
    • Proof of adoption.
    Both parents must appear together to sign the DS-11 form or one parent must be present to sign the application, and the absent parent MUST submit a completed and notarized "Statement of Consent" Form DS-3053 AND a photocopy (front and back) of their ID. The notarized consent form cannot be more than three months old.

    For more information on obtaining passports for minors, see this information from the Department of State.
  • Can you get a passport if a birth record is not available?
  • Yes. This requires additional documentation. You should call the Clerk's Office (850-606-4060) for specific instructions regarding your particular situation.
  • Do I have to apply in person?
  • Passport services require the personal appearance (1) of all children applying for U.S. passports as well as both parents, or (2) your passport was lost or stolen, or (3) your passport was issued more than 15 years ago, or (4) you met the requirements stated above for the DS 82 or 5504 applications.
  • When should I apply for a passport?
  • You should apply for a passport several months before you plan to travel. If you will need a visa from a foreign embassy, you will need to allow even more time. On average it takes four to eight weeks to receive your passport.
  • Where can I apply for a passport?
  • The Clerk and Comptrollerís Northeast Branch office, at 1276 Metropolitan Boulevard, #101, is a federally designated passport acceptance agency serving the public in Leon County. Click here for our current hours of operation. If you have questions, please call 850-606-4060.
  • How long is a passport valid?
  • The passport is valid for ten (10) years if you are 16 years of age or older. The passport is valid for five (5) years if you are 15 years of age or younger.
  • Can a passport be renewed by mail?
  • Yes. If your most recent passport was issued when you were at least 16 years old, issued within the past 15 years, and you use the same name as on your most recent passport OR you have had your name changed by marriage or court order and can submit proper documentation to reflect the name changes. Mail your renewal application to one of the addresses listed on the back of the DS-82 form.
  • When will I receive my passport?
  • Please consult http://www.travel.state.gov for the most up-to-date processing times.
    • Expedited processing: 2-3 weeks
    • Regular processing: 4-8 weeks
    To check the status of your Passport Application:
    • Call 1-877-487-2778 from 6:00a.m. - Midnight EST, Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays), or
    • Check online at http://www.travel.state.gov
  • How do I report a missing passport?
  • Complete form DSP-64 and bring it to the Clerk's Office when you apply for a new passport.
  • Where can Passport applications and renewal applications be obtained?
  • The Clerk and Comptrollerís Official Records Division, 1276 Metropolitan Boulevard, #101, Tallahassee, FL 32312, can provide applications and renewal application forms. They are also available on the U.S. Department of Stateís website (click here).
  • What is the cost?
  • PASSPORT FEE SCHEDULE

    1. U.S. Passport Book for First Time Applicants and Minors

    a. Adults (age 16 and over)
    ††i. Passport Fee
    †††Payable to Department of State
    $110.00
    †††††††† ii. Acceptance Fee
    ††††††††††††Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
    †††††††† iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $135.00
    ††† b. Minors (under age 16)
    †††††††† i. Passport Fee
    ††††††††††††Payable to Department of State
    $80.00
    †††††††† ii. Acceptance Fee
    ††††††††††††Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
    †††††††† iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $105.00

    2. U.S. Passport Card for First Time Applicants and Minors

    ††† a. Adults (age 16 and over)
    †††††††† i. Passport Fee
    ††††††††††††Payable to Department of State
    $30.00
    †††††††† ii. Acceptance Fee
    ††††††††††††Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
    †††††††† iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $55.00
    ††† b. Minors (under age 16)
    †††††††† i. Passport Fee
    ††††††††††††Payable to Department of State
    $15.00
    †††††††† ii. Acceptance Fee
    ††††††††††††Payable to Acceptance Facility
    $25.00
    †††††††† iii. Total First-Time Applicant Fee
    $40.00

    3. Other Service Fees

    ††† a. Additional Visa Pages
    $82.00
    ††† b. File Search Fee
    $150.00
    ††† c. Expedite Processing
    $60.00
    ††† d. Photos
    $10.00

    (The total fee is shown above; however, please note that you will need a check for the portion that will go to the U.S. Passport agency along with your passport application. The portion that is payable to the Clerk & Comptroller can be paid by cash, check or credit card. For a breakdown of fees, please call 606-4060.)
  • Expedited Service for Traveling Within Two Weeks
  • If you are traveling within 14 calendar days, you must make an appointment at the nearest Passport Agency by calling the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.