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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) $35.00 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) $35.00 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) $35.00 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) $35.00 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.

Passport Cards

In addition to standard passport booklets, US citizens and nationals can also apply for a US passport card. Passport cards are valid for entry by land or sea only to Canada, Mexico, and many Caribbean nations. It can also be used as proof of citizenship to present to a US Embassy in case your passport booklet is lost or stolen abroad. To apply for a passport card, you need to present the same forms as a booklet. Cards are valid for five years for children and ten years for adults.

Fees to apply for a passport card are as follows:

$30 for adults and minors 16 and up

$15 for children under 16

Picture fees are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors (62 and older)

All applications include a $35 Mercer County Clerk passport processing fee.


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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