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Passport Services

Location and Hours

City Administration Building
202 C Street, Lobby
San Diego, CA 92101

Walk-In Service: Suspended until further notice

Appointment Service: Suspended until further notice

Book an Appointment Now

To schedule an appointment by phone, contact the City Clerk’s Passport Services at 619-533-4000 (voice) / 619-236-7012 (TTY).

Service Updates:

Due to the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Passport Services will be closed until further notice.

For information regarding City services, please visit www.sandiego.gov/coronavirus. Questions? Contact Us.

 Apply for a U.S. Passport

You must apply in person using PDF icon Form DS-11 if at least one of the following is true:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport
  • You are under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago

If none of the above statements apply to you, you may be eligible to Renew Your U.S. Passport by mail.

How to Apply

1. Fill Out Passport Application (Form DS-11)

You may pick up an application at the Clerk’s Passport Services facility or download a PDF of the PDF icon Passport Application (DS-11) via the U.S. Department of State website.

Please note:

  • Print legibly using black ink only.
  • Do NOT sign the application until instructed to do so by the passport acceptance agent.
  • Do NOT use correction liquid or tape to make corrections on your application.

2. Provide Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

You must submit one (1) of the following evidence of U.S. Citizenship:

  • Fully valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements
    • Issued by the city, county or state of birth
    • Lists your full name, date of birth and place of birth
    • Has the date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Has the registrar’s signature
    • Has the seal of the issuing authority
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

You must also submit a photocopy of the front and back (if there is printed information on the back) of the U.S. citizenship evidence you’re submitting with the application. 

Photocopies must be:

  • Legible
  • On white 8.5”x11” standard paper
  • Black and white
  • Single sided

Please note: 

  • Your evidence of U.S. citizenship must be an original or certified copy. A certified copy is any document that has the seal or stamp of the official issuing authority.
  • If you cannot submit one of the above acceptable documents, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Citizenship Evidence webpage for more information.
  • If you don't want to submit a photocopy of your citizenship evidence, you may submit a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, which the U.S. Department of State will keep. If you don’t submit a photocopy or a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, your passport processing could be delayed.

3. Present Identification

You must present one (1) of the following identification documents (IDs) to the passport acceptance agent.

  • Valid or expired, undamaged U.S. passport book or passport card
  • In-state, full valid driver’s license or enhanced driver’s license with photo
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
  • U.S. military or military dependent ID
  • Current (valid) foreign passport
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular ID) – commonly used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) – commonly used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • Trusted Traveler ID (including valid Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI and NEXUS cards)
  • Enhances Tribal Cards and Native American tribal photo IDs
  • Other documents: In-state, fully valid learner’s permit with photo; In-state, fully valid non-driver ID with photo; and temporary driver’s license with photo. Note: You may be asked to present an additional ID when presenting one (1) of these three (3) documents.

You must also submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information on the back) of each ID that you present when you apply. 

Photocopies must be:

  • Legible
  • On white 8.5”x11” standard paper
  • Black and white
  • Single sided

Please note:

4. Determine any Special Circumstance

If any of the below categories apply to you, you may have additional requirements for your passport application. Please visit the relevant page or contact us for more information.

5. Provide a Passport Photo

You must provide one photography with your application. 

The Clerk’s Passport Services offers on-site passport photo service. Passport photos are available for only $12 per pair. Photos are payable by cash, check or money order made payable to the City Treasurer.

Please note: If you would like to bring your own photo and to avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all photo requirements.

6. Calculate Fees

Passport Fees

Each passport application (DS-11) require an Application Fee and Execution (Acceptance) Fee, which are paid separately.

Application Fee: Payable by check or money order to the U.S. Department of State.

Execution (Acceptance) Fee: Payable by check or money order to the City Treasurer.

Please Note:

  • Cash, debit or credit cards are NOT acceptable forms of payment for the Application and Execution fees.

Additional Services Fees

Expedited Service Fee (currently unavailable): If you need your passport quickly (less than 4-6 weeks), you can expedite your application at a passport acceptance facility for an additional $60 per application.

Photo Fee: The City Clerk Passport Acceptance Facility offers on-site passport photo service. Passport photos are available for only $12 per pair. Photos are payable by cash, check or money order to the City Treasurer.

See Fee Table to calculate your fee(s).

Fee Table

Adult Applicant (16 and Older)

 
Product Form Application Fee Application w/Expedited Service Acceptance Fee Acceptance w/Photo
Passport Book DS-11 $110

$170

$35 $47
Passport Card DS-11 $30 $90 $35 $47
Passport Book & Card DS-11 $140 $200 $35 $47

Note: Fees subject to change

Child Applicant (Under 16)

Product Form Application Fee Application w/Expedited Service Acceptance Fee Acceptance w/Photo
Passport Book DS-11 $80 $140 $35 $47
Passport Card DS-11 $15 $75 $35 $47
Passport Book & Card DS-11 $95 $155 $35 $47

Note: Fees subject to change

7. Submit your Completed Application

You must submit your completed application with citizenship evidence, photocopy of ID, photo and fees in person. 

You may be eligible to apply in person at a Passport Agency, if you are travelling soon. Please see Get a Passport in a Hurry for more information.

Please note:

  • The passport applicant (regardless of age) must be present for the passport acceptance facility to process an application.

 Renew Your U.S. Passport

Renew My Passport

If you're NOT eligible to renew your passport, you must apply in person using PDF icon Form DS-11.

 Questions? Contact Us

See the PDF icon Frequently Asked Questions or contact us via email at cityclerk@sandiego.gov or phone at 619-533-4000 (voice) / 619-236-7012 (TTY).

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