Passport Information

How do I apply for a new Passport book?

You must complete Form DS-11 and apply in person if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Are you applying for the first time?
  • Was your previous U.S. passport lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Is your previous passport expired and issued over 15 years ago?
  • Is your previous passport expired and was issued when you were under the age of 16?
  • Has your name changed since your passport was originally issued and you don’t have legal proof of the change?

All applicants must bring proof of U.S. citizenship (such as an original certified Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, or a previous passport) and proof of identity (such as a valid driver's license).

Photo Requirements

You must provide 1 photo with your application.

The processing of your passport application may be delayed if you do not submit a photo that meets the requirements below. To avoid processing delays, we recommend you use a professional passport photo service.

Your Passport photo must be:

  • In color
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression (preferred) or a natural smile, and with both eyes open

Special instructions for applicants under the age of 16:

  • All applicants, regardless of age, must appear in person.
  • Parental or legal guardians’ consent is required.
  • Evidence of Child's Relationship to Parent/Guardian must be presented.
  • Parent/Guardian must present valid photo identification.

Special instructions for applicants 16 and 17 years of age:

  • All applicants, regardless of age, must appear in person.
  • Parental or legal guardians’ consent may be required.
  • Valid Photo Identification is required, if none available, the parent or legal guardian of the applicant will need to appear in person with their valid photo identification.

Additional information regarding Minor Applicants can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

To ensure that you have included all requested documents required to process your application, please refer to Form DS-11 for a listing of these requirements.

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What is a U.S. Passport Card?

US Passport Card

The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

How do I apply for a U.S. Passport Card?

All U.S. citizens may apply for a passport card. If you already have a valid U.S. passport book, you do not need to have a passport card in addition to your passport book to travel internationally.

If you are interested in applying for a U.S. passport card and you have a U.S. passport book and are eligible to use Form DS-82, you may apply for the card by mail.

You can use Form DS-82 to renew your passport book at the same time that you apply for your passport card. To find out whether you qualify to use Form DS-882 and apply by mail, please visit Renew a Passport.

If you are interested in applying for a U.S. passport card but you have never had a U.S. passport book or are not eligible to use Form DS-82, you must apply in person using Form DS-11.

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How do I renew my passport through the mail?

All Passport renewals require the completion of Form DS-82

You may renew your passport by mail if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Do you already have a U.S. passport which is NOT damaged?
  • Did you receive it within the past 15 years?
  • Were you at least 16 years of age when you received it?
  • Do you still have the same name or legal proof of your name change? (You will need to submit this proof in an original format.)

You will need to include the following:

  • Your most recent passport
  • One passport photograph
  • And, a $110.00 fee payable to the U.S. Department of State

If you need your passport urgently, you may request Expedited Service.

Note: Your old passport will be returned with your new passport.

If your name has changed since your last passport was issued, you must include the following:

  • A certified copy of the legal document specifying your name change (for example: a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, an adoption decree, or a court order).
  • No photocopies will be accepted.

To ensure that you have included all requested documents required to process your application, please refer to Form DS-82 for a listing of these requirements.

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What are the Passport Fees?

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Non Refundable Fees
The passport application fee and the execution fee are non-refundable. They are collected and retained by law even if a passport is not issued.

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Where can I go to apply for a Passport book or card?

The Broward County Clerk of Court's Office has various locations for your convenience.
The locations are as follows:

North Regional Courthouse
1600 Hillsboro Boulevard, Room 160
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
954-831-1453
 
West Regional Courthouse
100 N. Pine Island Road, Room 180
Plantation, FL 33324
954-831-6528
 
South Regional Courthouse
3550 Hollywood Boulevard, Room 160
Hollywood, FL 33021
954-831-0320

Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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How long does it take to get a Passport book or card?

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If you are planning to travel within the next 14 days, you will need to make an appointment with the Miami Passport Agency by calling 1-877-487-2778 from a touch-tone phone. Proof of travel will be required.

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How long is a Passport book and card valid?

If you are 16 or older, your passport book and card will be valid for 10 years from the date of issuance. If you are 15 or younger, your passport book and card will be valid for 5 years from the date of issuance.

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How do I report a lost or stolen passport?

The Passport Agency recommends that you report your lost or stolen passport immediately. You may report your lost or stolen Passport by visiting one of our locations and completing form DS-64. If you choose to, you may also apply for a new passport while you are there. If you decide not to apply for a new passport immediately, you may report your lost or stolen passport by completing Form DS-64 and mailing it to:

US Department of State
Passport Services
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

Or call the U.S. Department of State toll free at: 1-877-487-2778 (TTY 1-888-874-7793).

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How do I obtain a certified copy of my birth certificate?

You will need to contact the Vital Statistics Office in the state where you were born.

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How do I check the status of my passport?

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Where can I obtain passport photos and what is the cost?

You can obtain passport photos at any one of the One Stop Division Satellite locations and the cost is $10 per applicant. You do not need to make an appointment.

Additional information regarding Passports may be found at www.travel.state.gov.

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