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Requirements for First-Time Applicants:

  • DS-11: Application for Passport (unsigned)
  • Proof of Citizenship: Please supply one of the following:
  • Birth Certificate - Original with raised seal or a certified copy with raised seal; Hospital certificates or baptismal certificates are unacceptable as Primary proofs of citizenship

All United States birth certificates must meet the following criteria to apply for a U.S. Passport:

  • Show the full name of the parent(s);
  • Be issued by the office of vital statistics of the state, county, or city where the birth occurred;
  • Show the full name of child at birth;
  • Indicate the date and place of birth;
  • Bear the embossed, impressed, multi-colored, or raised seal and signature of the issuing authority;
  • Indicate a registration or file date that is within one year of the birth; and
  • Be an original and certified document (notarized copies and photocopies are not accepted)

Previous Passport

  • Naturalization Certificate - Original only; It will be returned to you.

Identification

  • Driver’s License - if you are at least 17 years old; learner’s permits are not acceptable; if you are 17 and do not possess a valid license, then you will use a natural parent’s license
  • If you do not have a driver’s license - Be prepared to present various forms of Identification such as school/college ID, business or government ID, voter registration and/or credit cards.
  • Photographs - One (1) identical, recent, passport-quality 2"x2" photos; full face; NO hat; white or light background

Fees:

Two separate fees- Passport Services fee and a separate County Clerk processing fee

Adult (16 years old and older):

  • Routine - $110.00 Passport Services fee (must be in the form of check or money order) $25.00 Mercer County Clerk processing fee (payable either by check, money order or credit cards)
  • Expedite- $170.00 Passport Services fee (must be in the form of check or money order) $25.00 Mercer County Clerk processing fee (payable either by check, money order or credit cards)
  • Parents MUST submit long-form birth certificates (those that contain child's name and BOTH parent's names) for all children under age 16, even when submitting a previous passport or citizenship certificate.

Child (under 16):

  • Regular- $80.00 Passport Services fee (must be the form of check or money order) $25.00 Mercer County Clerk processing fee (payable either by check, money order or credit cards)
  • Expedite- $140.00 Passport Services fee (must be in the form of check or money order) $25.00 Mercer County Clerk processing fee (payable either by check, money order or credit cards)
  • Both parents need to be present with applying minor.

All applicants must appear in person.

For further assistance, please visit travel.state.gov or contact 1(877) 487-2778. For general inquiries, please call 609-989-6473.

Related Links

Passports/County Connection
Help! I Lost my passport abroad
Avoiding Identity Theft
Downloadable Passport Forms

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