Beginning June 2009, it became necessary for a United States citizen to present a valid US Passport Book, US Passport Card or other travel documents approved by the Department of Homeland Security when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports of entry. To apply for a US Passport, come to the Orleans County Clerk’s Office. We have the applications. In addition, you will need:
Original Birth Certificate or a certified copy of your birth certificate with a RAISED SEAL. Hospital certificates or birth notices are not acceptable. The file date on the birth certificate MUST be within one year of birth and must have your name correctly spelled. The birth certificate must show evidence of parental relationship, specifically, the names of both the mother and father.
Previous Passport if you were over 16 at the time of issuance and the passport was issued less than 15 years ago.
Naturalization papers. These may not be copies and the ORIGINAL papers are sent with application by certified mail.
You will also need the following:
***Applicants under age 18 must be accompanied by at least one parent with appropriate identification, regardless of whether or not the applicant has his/her own driver’s license.
*** For applicants under age 15, must have both parents present or documentation as to why this is not possible. Please call for further information regarding this requirement.
***All children must appear in person.
***Previous marriage information is also required if applicable. Information on the application is for the most recent marriage. If married more than once, please call the office for additional instructions.
US Passport Card
You also have the option of applying for a US Passport Card. The card facilitates entry and expedites document processing at US land and sea ports of entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean region and Bermuda. The card is not valid for international travel by air. To apply for a US Passport Card you will need to provide the same documentation as you would when applying for a passport book as listed above.
The fees for the Passport Card are as follows:
***Check or money order made payable to “US DEPARTMENT OF STATE”. Cash or separate check made payable to “ORLEANS COUNTY CLERK” in the amount of $25.00 per passport card.
RECEIPT OF PASSPORT
Customers will receive their passports within 6 weeks for routine processing. Those wishing to receive passports sooner may request expedited service for an additional $60.00 plus the cost of overnight mail envelopes. These individuals will receive their passports within three weeks. Upon receiving a passport, please check all information on it for correctness. If you discover an error, contact the issuing passport agency for instructions on how to start the amendment process.
When travelling, it is recommended that you keep a copy of your passport in each piece of luggage as well as at home in a safe place and carry a copy on your person in a location other than where you are carrying the actual passport.
Passports generally take six (6) weeks to be processed and returned to the mailing address you indicated on your application. Once we mail the passport from our office we do not see the application again. Please make a note of the following facts regarding your passport and keep the information in a secure location: issue date, passport number, and passport issuing office. Should your passport be lost or stolen, these facts are important in making a report.
Please keep your passport even if it has expired. You may use it as proof of birth and also for renewal in some cases.
A passport is not a visa. If your travel agent states that a visa is required, the passport must be applied for first, and then the agent can assist you with visa application. We have a list of those countries that require visas. (We do not handle visas.)
For information, questions, and inquiries contact the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or by e-mail at NPIC@state.gov. Customer Service Representatives are available M-F 8AM-8PM EST (excluding federal holidays). Automated information is available 24/7.