Passports

Overview


Any person traveling outside the United States needs a passport to reenter the country (including those traveling to Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean).

There are four locations throughout Broward County where individuals may apply for or renew passports. Please see the location details in the contact section.

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Applying for a Passport


In order to apply for a new passport book/card, you must:

  • Complete Form DS-11 (in black ink only, no white-out)
  • Appear in person (this includes minors)
  • Submit Evidence of US citizenship and a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information)
  • Supply original Proof of Identity and photocopy of identification (front & back)
  • Provide one passport photo
  • Social Security Number is required (not the actual card)

For more information, please visit the travel.state.gov website.


Passport Book


The U.S. Passport Book can be used for all international travel by air, sea, or land.

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 license).

IMPORTANT — 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.

You can read more about getting a passport book or passport card by visiting the U.S. Department of State’s website.


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.

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-82 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.

You can read more about getting a passport book or passport card by visiting the U.S. Department of State’s website.


Other Requirements


Photo Requirements

Please refer to the Passport Photos section.


Requirements for Minors

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.

Renewing a Passport


All Passport renewals require the completion of Form DS-82.

Note: We do not accept this form at any of the locations. It must be mailed to the address listed on the form.

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.

Passport Photo Requirements


The following are the requirements for Passport photos:

  • Must be a 2x2 color photograph taken within 6 months from the date of your application submission.
  • Photograph background must be white or off-white.
  • No headgear is permitted unless for religious or medical purposes. For medical reasons, please submit a doctor’s note. For religious purposes, please submit a signed affidavit, explaining why you must wear headgear in the photograph.
  • No glasses are permitted (unless medically necessary-please submit doctors note).
  • Uniforms of any kind cannot be worn in the passport photograph.

For more information, please visit the travel.state.gov website. The website offers passport photo examples and requirements.

Fees and Costs



Fees Paid to U.S. Department of State
*Fees below must be paid by Personal Check, Cashier’s Check or Money Order
Make payable to: U.S. Department of State

Passport Book Application Fee (Age 16 and over) $110.00
Passport Book Application Fee (Age 15 and under) $80.00
Passport Card Application Fee (Age 16 and over) $30.00
Passport Card Application Fee (Age 15 and under) $15.00
Expedite Fee (optional fee - in addition to application fee, per applicant) $60.00
Note: An application for a Passport Book and Passport Card (combined) may be expedited for one fee of $60.00 per applicant, if processed at the same time.

Routine Service takes 4-6 weeks to receive a Passport book/card

Expedited Service takes 2-3 weeks to receive a Passport book/card
Overnight Return Delivery Service Fee (optional)
Note: Overnight Return Delivery Service is not available for Passport Cards.
$15.45
Third Party Fees:
Passport Book
Age 16 and over: $170.00
Age 15 and under: $140.00

*All third party hand delivery service requires an authorization letter from the applicant, which can be obtained from the company. You are also required to submit an itinerary that shows a travel date outside the US within 14 days of travel. Fees must be paid by check, cashier’s check or money order. Do not include overnight delivery fee with a third party service!

  IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Payment by check or money order must be in the exact amount. Otherwise, this will cause a delay.
  • There are no starter checks allowed.
  • NON REFUNDABLE FEE — The passport application fee is non-refundable. It is collected and retained by law even if a passport is not issued.

Fees Paid to Broward County Clerk of Court
*Fees below must be paid by Cash or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard)

Clerk’s Execution Fee (per application) $25.00
Copy Serives Fee (per page) $1.00
On-Site Passport Photo Fee (per application) $10.00

  IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • NON REFUNDABLE FEE — The clerk's execution fee is non-refundable. It is collected and retained by law even if a passport is not issued.

Frequently Asked Questions



Contact Information

  • Central Courthouse
    Judicial Complex, West Building
    (Passports Central)

  • 201 S.E. 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
     Directions To This Location

  • 1st Floor, Room: 01160

  •  954-831-2343

  • Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays
  • North Regional Courthouse
    Courthouse
    (Passports North)

  • 1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard
    Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
     Directions To This Location

  • Room: 160

  •  954-831-1453

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays
  • South Regional Courthouse
    Courthouse
    (Passports South)

  • 3550 Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood, FL 33021
     Directions To This Location

  • Room: 160

  •  954-831-0320

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays
  • West Regional Courthouse
    Courthouse
    (Passports West)

  • 100 North Pine Island Road
    Plantation, FL 33324
     Directions To This Location

  • Room: 180

  •  954-831-6528

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Excluding Holidays