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Please Note: As of August 1, 2008, the new hours the Clerk of Court's Office provides passport application services are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Also, the full requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative were implemented on June, 2009 with requirements for all travelers returning to the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda--including those who go by land or sea--to have a passport or other federally approved ID. (A passport is already required for all international air travel).

The new law means adult Americans won't be able to use just a driver's license and birth certificate when driving across the U.S. - Canada/Mexico border. Travelers are advised to beat the rush and apply for their U.S. passport now if they plan to travel out of the country in the next year. Since this time of the year is traditionally when the fewest Americans apply for passports, it is highly recommended to apply now to avoid lengthy delays in the busy travel season.

For full complete details, please visit www.travel.state.gov.


Passports / Applications

Beginning July 1, 2013, the Clerk of Court will begin scheduling appointments to accept your passport application(s) at the downtown location only located at 601 W. Jackson St. Phoenix, AZ 85003. While we will continue to process walk-in customers at all locations between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday, making an appointment provides us an opportunity to best serve you and avoid any possible delays that may occur. Please contact us at (602) 506-7400 to make an appointment. Appointments are available between 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday. You must arrive within 10 minutes of your appointment time.

What you need

  • To apply for a passport you must present a certified copy of your birth certificate. A certified copy of your birth certificate may be obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the state where you were born. Hospital birth certificates are not acceptable. The certificate is required to be submitted with the application and will be returned with the passport. Expired passports may be substituted for a certified copy of the birth certificate. Naturalized citizens must present their original naturalization papers instead of their birth certificates; naturalization papers will be returned.

    All applicants will be required to provide their social security number. All applicants must be present when they apply.

    You must present one passport photo when applying for a passport. This photo must be made especially for your passport. Please consult your yellow pages under photographers or passports to obtain appropriate pictures. Family snapshots, portraits or school pictures are not acceptable as passport photos.

    You must present valid, government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or military ID when you apply. Picture bank cards, school identification, temporary or expired forms of government issued identification are not acceptable forms of identification.

  • You may either provide a photocopy of the ID document that you present when you apply, or a photocopy of the ID document may be provided for you for a fee of $0.50 per copy. If you provide the photocopy, it must be:


    • on plain white, 8 1/2 x 11" standard paper stock, showing the front and the back of your ID
    • ,

    • must contain images on only one-side of each page submitted.


      • If copies cannot be made on the same side of one page, you may present two separate pages; one displaying the front of the ID and the second displaying the back of the ID.


    • The paper should be free of other images and/or markings.


    • The 8 1/2 x 11" paper size cannot be substituted with a larger or smaller size paper, even if the alternative folds down to the 8 1/2 x 11" size.


    • The image of the ID must be exactly like the ID with NO changes in size; you may NOT increase or decrease the size of the image.

The standard passport application form DS-11 and all other necessary forms are available at the Clerk’s Office or can be downloaded from the Department of State website www.travel.state.gov.

Family passports are no longer issued.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, money orders and cash are accepted only for Clerk of Superior Court fees, not for U.S. Department of State fees. The U.S. Department of State fees must be paid by check or money order.

Passport Fees / Age Specifications

Adult Passport Fees:

The passport book fee for an applicant 16 years or older is $135 ($110 payable to U.S. Department of State and $25 payable to the Clerk of Court). The U.S. Department of State and Clerk of Court fees are paid separately.

The passport card fee for an applicant 16 years or older is $55 ($30 payable to U. S. Department of State and $25 payable to the Clerk of Court). The U.S. Department of State and Clerk of Court fees are paid separately.

When applying for the passport book and the passport card together, the fee for an applicant 16 years or older is $165 ($140 payable to U.S. Department of State and $25 payable to the Clerk of Court). The U.S. Department of State and Clerk of Court fees are paid separately.

U.S. Department of State fees must be paid by check or money order. Clerk's fees may be paid by cash, credit card, or money order for regular processing services; six to eight weeks.

Minor Passport Fees:

The passport book fee for a minor (under 16 years old) is $105 ($80 payable to U.S. Department of State and $25 payable to the Clerk of Court).
The U.S. Department of State and Clerk of Court fees are paid separately.

The passport card fee for a minor (under 16 years old) is $40 ($15 payable to U. S. Department of State and $25 payable to the Clerk of Court).
The U.S. Department of State and Clerk of Court fees are paid separately.

When applying for the passport book and the passport card together, the fee for a minor (under 16 years old) is $120 ($95 payable to U.S. Department of State and $25 payable to the Clerk of Court). The U.S. Department of State and Clerk of Court fees are paid separately.

U.S. Department of State fees must be paid by check or money order. Clerk's fees may be paid by cash, credit card, or money order for regular processing services; six to eight weeks.

Expedited Services (passport book only):

One-way overnight return delivery and expedited service is an additional $74.85 per application to the U.S. Department of State.

Two-way, overnight return delivery and expedited service is an additional $74.85 per application to the U.S. Department of State. Plus, applicants will need to provide a United States Postal Service (USPS) Pre-Paid Express Flat-Rate mailing envelope or box large enough to contain your passport or multiple family passports. Please bring this item with you along with your passport application(s) IF you require two-way, overnight return delivery.

For a more detailed passport fee structure go to www.travel.state.gov.

Mailing of Passports:

All routine, expedited, and one-way, overnight return delivery applications are mailed from Clerk of Court via USPS Priority Mail and arrive at the Department of State within 2-3 days.

Expedited two-way, overnight return delivery applications are mailed via USPS Express mail in your pre-paid flat-rate envelope or box and arrive at the Department of State within 1-2 days.

Age specifications

Passports for applicants 16 years of age or older are issued for 10 years. Passports for applicants under 16 years of age are issued for 5 years.

All children, even babies, must have a passport. All applicants must apply in person. Parents/guardians are advised to visit the www.travel.state.gov website for detailed information regarding the passport application process for a minor child.

For further information, you may call 602.506.3360 or 602.506.6350 or visit the Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov.

Passports / Change Name

The first step

Requests to change the name appearing on your passport must be processed directly with the U.S. Passport Agency in Philadelphia, PA 19190-0107 with an Application form DS-5504. To do this, you may either:

Name Change
  • Write our office requesting a Name Change Application form DS-5504. Please include a stamped self-addressed envelope. The address is: Clerk of the Superior Court / Attention: Passport Services / 601 W. Jackson St. / Phoenix AZ / 85003.
  • Pick up the form in person at the Customer Services Center, 601 W. Jackson St. in Phoenix, at the Southeast Facility, 222 E. Javelina Dr. in Mesa, at the Northeast Facility, 18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120, Phoenix, or at the Northwest Facility, 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise. The DS-5504 form may also be downloaded from www.travel.state.gov.

What to include

Along with your application, you must provide a certified copy of the document identifying the name change, such as a marriage license, Order for Name Change, Divorce Decree or Adoption papers.

For further information, you may call 602.506.3360 or 602.506.6350 or visit www.travel.state.gov.

Passports / Renewal

Renewal for adults

You can renew by mail if: Your most recent passport is available to submit and it is not damaged; you received the passport within the past 15 years; you were over age 16 when it was issued; you still have the same name; or can legally document your name change.

If your passport has been, altered or damaged, you cannot apply by mail. You must apply in person.

To renew by mail

Use the DS-82 Renewal Application form to renew your passport by mail. Do not mail the completed application to the Clerks Office. You may write to us for the application, send a request including a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Clerk of the Superior Court / Attention: Passport Services / 601 W. Jackson St., / Phoenix AZ / 85003. Or, you may pick up the DS-82 form at the Customer Services Center, 601 W. Jackson St. in Phoenix, at the Southeast Facility, 222 E. Javelina Dr. in Mesa, at the Northeast Facility, 18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120, Phoenix, or at the Northwest Facility, 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise. The DS-82 form may also be downloaded from www.travel.state.gov.

To renew in person

Renewals in person are made using the DS-11 standard form. Please bring your passport, one new photo, and your current ID. Fees for renewals in person are the same as for first time applicants.

You may visit the www.travel.state.gov Website for further information on passport renewal.

Renewal for minors

A person who obtained a passport as a minor, but is now an adult, may not renew their passport. They must apply for a new passport.

A person who obtained a passport as a minor and is still a minor after the passport’s five-year expiration, may not renew their passport. They must apply for a new passport. If they are under 16 years old, they must also have their birth certificate showing both parents' names. Parents/guardians are advised to visit the www.travel.state.gov website for detailed information regarding the passport application process for a minor child.

For further information, you may call (602) 506-3360 or 506-6350 or visit www.travel.state.gov.

   
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