Free Passport Photos for Military Members in November
The Clerk’s office is honoring U.S. veterans and active-duty personnel by offering free passport photos. To be eligible, customers must present their DD-214, military ID, or driver’s license with veteran designation. This is available at all three Clerk offices.
Federal Processing Time Update - Expect Delays:
According to the federal U.S. Department of State: Mail delays are impacting when they receive passport applications for processing. Their processing times begin the day they receive an application, not the day it is mailed. With this in mind, their service times are as follows:
- Routine service can take up to 14 weeks from the day an application is submitted at an acceptance facility or renewed through the mail to the day a new passport is received by the customer. The 14-week timeframe includes up to 12 weeks for processing at the passport agency and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.
- Expedited service (for an additional $60) can take up to 12 weeks from the day an application is submitted at an acceptance facility or renewed through the mail to the day a new passport is received by the customer. The 12-week timeframe includes up to 6 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.
- For faster mailing times, customers may opt to pay for 1-2 day delivery service for applications mailed to Passport Services and for the mailing of their new passport.
Customers who have a life-or-death emergency or urgent travel within 3 business days should visit travel.state.gov for assistance.
- Every applicant, including children must appear in person.
- Federal law requires both parents’ or legal guardians’ signatures on a passport application for a child 15 years of age or younger, or documentation of the absence of the second parent. It is strongly encouraged for both parents to appear in person when applying for a child.
- A minor age 16 or 17 may apply for a passport without a parent as long as they have a valid driver’s license and written consent from a parent, or can submit a parent’s check for payment of the passport
- Passports will be mailed from the Federal Passport Agency directly to the address you provide in your application. Normally passports are received within four to six weeks but may take longer depending on delays at the Federal Passport Agency. Updated information on processing times can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s website.
Complete a Passport Application:
Passport applications are available at all Clerk locations and can be downloaded from the U.S. Department of State’s website. If completing your application by hand, please do so legibly and in black ink. Do not sign the application until you are in front of a deputy Clerk.
Passport cards may only be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. The application process is the same as if applying for a passport, and all documents listed are still required.
1. Certified proof of U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the front and back. Proof of citizenship must be certified. It will be sent with the application and will be returned by the Passport Agency. Proof of citizenship should be one of the following:
- Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (must show the name of parents)
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Expired U.S Passport (minors under the age of 16 with an expired passport will need to submit the long form birth certificate as proof of citizenship)
2. A 2”x 2” passport photo with a white colored background taken within the last six months. Passport photos are offered at all Clerk locations for $10.70.
3. Original valid identification and a photocopy of the front and back. Valid identification includes:
- Valid Driver’s License (learner’s permits are not accepted)
- U.S. Passport
- Military or State identification
- For minors, please bring the minor's birth certificate and parent's photo i.d.
4. Two forms of payment for passport fees: There are two separate fees for passport applications. Applicants need to bring a check or money order and cash or credit card.
Two forms of payment are needed for two separate passport fees.
Fee 1 = Clerk Fee:
Accepted payment methods: cash or credit card.
|Passport photos (optional)||$10.70|
Fee 2 = Application Fee:
Accepted payment methods: check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State.
Routine Passport Applications
|Age 16 and Older||$130.00|
|Age 15 and Younger||$100.00|
Expedited Passport Applications
If you wish to overnight a passport application, you must bring one express mail stamp with you at the time of application.
|16 and Older||$190.00|
|15 and Younger||$160.00|
Passport Card Applications
|16 and older||$30.00|
|15 and younger||$15.00|
All passport renewals are processed by mail. The Clerk's office cannot process renewals unless the passport is mutilated or damaged (see below for more information). Visit the U.S. Department of State website to complete the standard renewal process.
If your passport is mutilated or damaged, you must:
- Use the DS-11 application form.
- Apply in person at one of the acceptance agencies with a certified copy of your birth certificate (must have the names of both parents on it). Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller offices are acceptance agencies.
Bartow OfficePhysical Address
255 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830-3912
Lakeland OfficePhysical Address
930 E. Parker St., Room 240
Lakeland, FL 33801-1929
Northeast OfficePhysical Address
3425 Lake Alfred Road
Winter Haven, FL 33881-1492