A passport is necessary when traveling out of the jurisdiction of the United States.
To obtain a passport, you must submit the following:
- A certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised or colored seal and with a filing date within one year of birth. No hospital certificates, birth notices, birth registrations or announcements, naturalization papers or old passports are acceptable. If you have misplaced your birth certificate you must provide an affidavit from the Custodian of Records in the county or state you were born stating your birth certificate is not on record and three documents must also be submitted to substantiate the date and place of your birth;
- One recent passport photo for each passport applied for and photos must meet the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services requirements in size, background and color/contrast;
- The application fee in the form of check or money order made payable to the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, which is $110.00 per adult and $80.00 for children ages 15 and under; for expedited services there is an additional $60.00 fee;
- The clerk processing fee in the form of cash or check made payable to CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT for $25.00;
- Identification - A valid Driver's License or State ID card and a copy of the front and back side of the license or ID on two (2) separate pages;
- The DS-11 (Application for Passport) - answer questions 1-22 only. DO NOT SIGN THE APPLICATION! IT MUST BE SIGNED UNDER OATH IN FRONT OF THE COURT CLERK.
Children 16 and 17 years of age:
- Must provide a valid Driver's License and have at least one parent present. The parent(s) applying with the minor must provide a valid photo ID and must also sign the application in the presence of the Acceptance Agent;
- If at least one parent cannot be present, it is recommended that one or both parents provide parental consent by completing the DS-3053 form and sending it with the minor. The form requires that the parent signature be notarized, otherwise there may be a delay in receiving the passport;
- If the minor does not have a valid Driver's License, then both parents must be present, show ID and sign the application in front of an Acceptance Agent.
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by their parents. Both parents' signatures are required on the application and both parents' driver's license will be used for identification purposes. If the child's last name is not the same as the parents, please inform a clerk. A certified copy of the marriage certificate or divorce papers may be required to show a link between both names for proof of citizenship.
Passports are valid for 10 years from the date of issuance for individuals age 16 or older and 5 years for individuals ages 15 and younger. If you wish to renew your passport and it was issued less than 15 years ago you must complete a DS-82 Form.
The above items must be submitted with your application and will be returned along with your passport. If you have any questions about meeting any of the above requirements, please call the Passport Division at (352)540-6768 located in the Clerk's Recording Office at 20 North Main Street, Room #362, Brooksville, FL 34601 for more information. Note: Because of the time involved in processing the application, we cannot accept applications after 4:30 pm.
You will receive your passport in the mail directly from the Federal Passport Service within 4-6 weeks. If there is an issue after your application has been submitted, please contact the Miami Passport Agency as they make all final decisions regarding the passport applications and documentation.