Passport Information

No cash or credit/debit cards accepted for passport services, checks or money orders only.

For passport forms, or to check the status of a submitted passport application visit the US Department of State Passport Services website.

The Whatcom County Treasurer’s office is an approved passport acceptance facility. If you need to apply for a new Passport Book or Passport Card, pick up forms to renew an existing passport, or report one as lost or stolen, we can help.

Normal Passport Processing Hours

Our normal passport processing hours are from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday - Friday (holidays excluded), no appointment is necessary. However, we get very busy during the lunch hours, and on Friday afternoon. The wait time can be quite long.

Processing Time

Please check the US Department of State website for current expected processing times. There is an “Expedite” service available for an additional $60 per passport, that could shorten this time to within 3 weeks door-to-door.


All photographs must be taken within the last 6 months, 2x2 inches in size, and with a white background. They must be taken in normal street attire, without a hat or glasses. You cannot wear a uniform, clothing that looks like a uniform, or camouflage attire. There are several places in town that take passport specific photos, and they should know the Department of State requirements, as not all are listed here.