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Passports



  • Passport photo service is now available for a fee at our Clearwater Courthouse, North County, St. Petersburg and Tyrone Branch locations.
  • Anyone, including infants, traveling to a foreign country requiring passports, will need a passport.
  • Every applicant MUST appear in person, regardless of age (even minor children).
  • You should apply for a passport several months before you actually need it. If you will need visas from foreign embassies, you will need to allow even more time.
  • A passport, on the average, will take a minimum of six (6) weeks from the time the Federal Passport Agency receives the completed application. The passport will be mailed directly from the Federal Passport Agencies located throughout the continental United States to the address you provide. Expedited service is available for an additional fee plus overnight delivery charges.
  • Please note: The Clerk's Office does not schedule appointments for passport applications. Passport applicants should expect longer wait times between the hours of 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.and between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., as these are the office's busiest times.
  • Please read the ALL OF the following important messages regarding Passport Applications before you click on the link at the bottom of the page for more information regarding applying for a U.S. passport at a Pinellas County Clerk's Office.
  • As of January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling BY AIR between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport book, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.

Passport photos are available in Recording Services for a fee.

IMPORTANT: Passport applications must be completed using black ink!

PASSPORT APPLICATION CHECKLISTS:


Requirements For A Passport

1. Proof of U.S. Citizenship with any one of the following:

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

    If you are unable to provide any one of the above, you may possibly still be able to obtain a passport. However, this requires additional documentation to prove your citizenship. You should call the Clerk's Office at (727) 464-4876 for specific instructions regarding your particular situation or, go to www.travel.state.gov for other options.

    PLEASE NOTE: Whichever of the above listed documents you do provide to obtain your passport, will be mailed to the U.S. Department of State with your passport application. You may wish to make a copy to keep with you until your original document is mailed back to you with your passport.

2. Proof of Identity with any one of the following:

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Current, valid
    • Driver's License
    • Government I.D.: city, state or federal
    • Military I.D.: military and dependents

A Social Security card, Voter Registration Card or Military Discharge papers are not acceptable proof of your identity.

3. One Passport Photo

    One passport photo, 2X2 inches in size, taken within the past 6 months showing current appearance are required. The photo must be in color and must meet the legal specifications including a white or off white background, full face, front view between one inch and 13/8 inches from bottom of chin to the top of the head, taken in normal street attire.

4. Social Security Number

    A social security number is required for all passport applications, regardless of the age of the applicant.

5. Unsigned DS-11 Passport Application

    You may obtain a passport or renewal application at any one of the Clerk's Office locations or you can download a passport application from www.travel.state.gov. Many travel agents also stock applications for their clients.

    DO NOT sign the DS-11 Application until instructed to do so.

6. Payment

    You will need 2 checks. A check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State and a separate payment in the form of cash or check payable to the Clerk of Court are required for each passport application processed.

    Fees are determined by Federal laws and Florida Statutes. Refer to a current "Schedule of Service Charges", available in any one of the Clerk's Offices, or online, for current fees.


Passports For Children:
Effective February 1, 2008, a person applying for a U.S. passport for a child under 16 must provide a notarized consent form stating that both parents or legal guardians give permission for the issuance of a passport for the child, or that the applying parent has sole authority to obtain the passport. A photocopy of the front and back side of the non-applying parent’s identification is required with the written consent. You must provide current, valid identification and proof of your relationship to the child. The minor must appear in person. *Minors must bring a certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state of birth with official seal/certification, file number, date of filing and parent(s) full name, even if the child had a previous passport.

Renewals:

The Clerk's Office Can only process renewals if:

  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.s. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Your name has changed since your U.s. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change

You must renew by mail if:

  • Your U.S. passport is undamaged
  • Your U.S. passport was issued within the last 15 years
  • Your U.S. passport was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change
Name Changes:
Since September 26, 2005, Passport Services no longer amends currently valid passports. Instead, customers are issued replacement passports. Please see the PASSPORT CORRECTIONS/CHANGES CHART, which is available on the U.S. Department of State’s website, www.travel.state.gov, to determine the specific procedure to follow depending on the type of change or correction.

Pending Passports:
Once an application for a passport has been made, the Clerk forwards the paperwork to a Federal Passport Agency. You may check a pending passport online at www.travel.state.gov or call the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at 1(877) 487-2778 (toll-free). TDD users call 1(888) 874-7793. NPIC customer service representatives are available Monday – Friday, 8a.m to 8 p.m. Automated information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lost or Stolen Passports:
You must report your valid passport lost or stolen immediately. Complete the “Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport, Form DS-64.” In order to obtain a new passport you must appear in person at the Clerk’s Office or at a federal passport agency with both the DS-64 and a completed, unsigned “Application for Passport, Form DS-11.”

Both forms are available online at www.travel.state.gov. If you choose not to apply for a new passport, complete DS-64 and mail to:

U.S. Department of State, Passport Services
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036

DO NOT mail your new passport application to this address. You must appear in person for a new passport.

Passports Applications:
You may obtain a passport or renewal application at any one of the Clerk's Office locations shown below or, you can download a Passport Application from www.travel.state.gov. Many travel agents also stock applications for their clients.

DO NOT sign the DS-11 Application until instructed to do so.


Passport Fees 

U.S. PASSPORT BOOK - Valid for Travel by Air, Sea or Land

YOU WILL NEED TWO FORMS OF PAYMENT:
One payable to : Clerk of the Court
Another payable to: U.S. Department of State
(The U.S. Dept. of State only accepts checks or money orders.)

ROUTINE SERVICE
Routine Service Passport Book Fees – Adults 16 & Over

• $110.00 Passport Book Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $25.00 Clerk of Court Processing Fee (payable to Clerk of Court)

Routine Service Passport Book Fees – Children 15 & Under
• $80.00 Passport Book Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $25.00 Clerk of Court Processing Fee (payable to Clerk of Court)

EXPEDITE SERVICE
Expedite Service Passport Book Fees – Adult 16 & Over

• $110.00 Passport Book Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $60.00 Expedite Service Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $14.85* Express Mail return to applicant from Passport Agency
   (payable to U.S. Department of State)
*this fee applies to each applicant
• $25.00 Clerk of Court Processing Fee (payable to Clerk of Court)
• $19.95 Express Mail delivery to Passport Agency (payable to Clerk of Court)
Note: Total cost depends on number of applicants.

Expedite Service Passport Book Fees – Children 15 & Under
• $80.00 Passport Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $60.00 Expedite Service Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $14.85* Express Mail return to applicant from Passport Agency
   (payable to U.S. Department of State)*this fee applies to each applicant
• $25.00 Clerk of Court Processing Fee (payable to Clerk of Court)
• $19.95 Express Mail delivery to Passport Agency (payable to Clerk of Court)
Note: Total cost depends on number of applicants.

U.S. PASSPORT CARD – Not Valid for Travel by Air.Valid for Land and Sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean Only.

YOU WILL NEED TWO FORMS OF PAYMENT:
One payable to : Clerk of the Court
Another payable to: U.S. Department of State
(The U.S. Dept. of State only accepts checks or money orders.)

Routine Service Passport Card Fees – Adults 16 & Over
• $30.00 Passport Card Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $25.00 (payable to Clerk of Court)
(The $25.00 execution fee is not charged when the customer can present a valid Passport Book.)

Note: Total cost depends on whether an execution fee is required.

Routine Service Passport Card Fees – Children 15 & Under
• $15.00 Passport Card Fee (payable to U.S. Department of State)
• $25.00 Clerk of Court Processing Fee (payable to Clerk of Court)
(The $25.00 execution fee is not charged when the customer can present a valid Passport Book.)

More information is available from the U.S. Department of State's website: www.travel.state.gov.
(The U.S. Dept. of State only accepts checks or money orders.)


OFFICE LOCATIONS

RECORDING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
315 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Telephone: (727) 464-7000

NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
Telephone: (727) 464-7000

CLERK'S TYRONE BRANCH OFFICE
1800 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Telephone: (727) 464-7000

ST. PETERSBURG BRANCH OFFICE
545 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Telephone: (727) 464-7000


Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court
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