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Passport Application Processing
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.

Our passport processing hours are from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday thru Friday (Holidays excluded), no appointment is necessary.

Please see our current observed holiday schedule for days that we are closed.


To facilitate the application process, please be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes per person in our office, and have the following items with you:

For a new application, or replacement of a lost or stolen Passport Book

  1. Certified proof of U.S. citizenship, to be sent in with the application.
  2. Proof of identity.
  3. One recent color photograph*.
  4. Two checks for the required fees:
  • One for $110 (or $80 for children under 16) payable to “Department of State”.
  • One for $25 payable to “Whatcom County Treasurer”.
  • For a total cost of $135 (or $105 for children under 16).

(No cash or credit cards accepted for passport services, only checks)

All applicants MUST appear in person.

If the applicant is a child under the age of 16, both parents, or the child’s legal guardian(s) must appear with the child and present:

  1. Evidence of the child’s U.S. citizenship.
  2. Evidence of the child’s relationship to parent(s)/guardian(s), AND
  3. Parent(s)/guardian(s) identification.

See the U.S. Department of State web site to print and/or complete a passport application form.


For a Passport Card
Passport Cards will only be valid for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

The application form, requirements, and procedure will be the same as applying for a Passport Book (see above). Two checks are required for the fees, as follows:

  • Age 16 and over: One for $30 payable to "Department of State"; and a separate one for $25 payable to "Whatcom County Treasurer"; for a total cost of $55.
  • Under age 16: One for $15 payable to "Department of State"; and a separate one for $25 payable to "Whatcom County Treasurer"; for a total cost of $40.

See the U.S. Department of State web site to print and/or complete a passport application form.


For a renewal (we have the forms, you complete and mail them)
You must be able to answer “yes” to all of the following four questions.
If you cannot answer “yes” to all four questions, you must complete a new application (see above).

  1. Can you submit your most recent U.S. passport, in good condition, with the renewal?
  2. Were you at least 16 years old when your most recent U.S. passport was issued?
  3. Was your most recent U.S. passport issued less than 15 years ago?
  4. Do you use the same name as on your most recent U.S. passport? Or, can you submit proper documentation (marriage certificate, or court order) to reflect your name change?

In addition, you will need:

  1. A check for the processing fee of $110 payable to “Department of State”.
  2. One recent color photograph*.

See the U.S. Department of State web site to print a passport renewal form.

 

As stated on the U.S. Department of State web site on 8/5/13, processing time for routine applications is approximately 4-6 weeks, but due to expected increase in applications please expect it to take the full 6 weeks. There is an “Expedite” service available for an additional $60 per passport, that could shorten this time to approximately 2-3 weeks door-to-door.

*All photographs must be sufficiently recent to be a good likeness of you, 2x2 inches in size, and with a light background. They must be taken in normal street attire, without a hat or dark glasses. There are several places in town that take passport specific photos, and they will know the requirements, as there are a few more than just what is listed here.

For more information please visit the U.S. Department of State Passport Services and Information

Or, contact us.