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How Do I Apply for or Renew a Passport?

The Circuit Court’s License Department processes passport applications by appointment only; we no longer take walk-in customers. Appointments may be scheduled in person Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-1:00 pm, or by calling 240-777-9460.

Passports cannot be expedited or hand carried. It takes four to six weeks to receive your passport.

The Passport Application must be signed before a License Department agent. You must appear in person and present:

1. Proof of U.S. Citizenship (one of these):

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state†
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

†A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office. If you do not have a certified copy, contact the Clerk's Office for instructions on how to obtain one.

2. Two pictures taken by a certified photographer. The pictures must measure 2" x 2". These pictures are made to withstand high temperatures that are used when passports are processed. Vending machine photos are not acceptable.

3. Proof of Identity (one of these:)

  • Previous U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Current, valid driver's license
  • Government-issued ID (City, County, State or Federal)
  • Military ID: military and dependents
  • Work ID: must be currently employed by the company
  • Student ID: must be currently enrolled
  • Merchant Marines card: also known as a "Seamen's" or "Z" card
  • Pilot or flight attendant ID

If none of these are available, please visit the U.S. State Department's website for information on alternative Proof of U.S. Citizenship and alternative Proof of Identity.

4. Passport Application Fee:

  • 16 and older: $110
  • 15 and younger: $80

Payable to U.S. Department of State. Include name and date of birth in memo area.

5. Passport Processing Fee: $25 (cash or a check payable to the Clerk of the Court) for processing the application.

6. Provide a Social Security Number under the requirement of Section 6039E of the IRS Code of 1986.

Your application will be sent to the U.S. Passports and International Travel Office, U.S. Department of State, for processing. Your passport will be mailed to the mailing address you provided on your application via first-class mail.

Information regarding passports from the U.S. Department of State:

Passports

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