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Passport applications are accepted at the Human Resources Counter, located in City Hall at 291 N. Main Street. Applications are accepted by appointment only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.
A passport is international identification and proof of United States citizenship. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. A new wallet-sized passport card is now available for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean; but cannot be used for air travel.
To apply for a Passport, customers must bring:
- a certified copy of their Certificate of Live Birth issued by the state in which they were born (hospital-issued birth certificates and CA and TX state abstract forms are not acceptable); or an original United States Certificate of Naturalization;
- a valid photo identification, such as a California driver’s license or identification card; and
- one passport photo. It must be 2-inch by 2-inch head and shoulders pictures, taken against a light, solid color background. Note: Passport photo services are provided on site for $12 per applicant.
An adult passport book (applicant 16 years or older at time of application) is valid for 10 years and costs a total of $165. Two separate payments are made: $130 passport fee to Department of State (DoS) by check or money order and a $35 execution fee to the City of Porterville (CoP) in cash, money order or check. An adult passport card is $65 ($30 to DoS and $35 to the CoP) and valid for 10 years.
A child’s passport (15 years or under at time of application) is valid for five years and costs $135 ($100 to DoS and $35 to CoP). Minors 15 years or under must have parental consent to obtain a passport and must have both parents present during the application process. Minors age 16 and 17 must have at least one parent present. A child’s passport card is $50 ($15 to DoS and $35 to CoP) and valid for five years.
Routine applications are processed in approximately 8-11 weeks. Expedited service costs an additional $60, for receipt within 5-7 weeks. For emergency situations requiring a passport sooner, applicants should contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.
Passport applications and forms can be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk and are also available on the Department of State's website at http://travel.state.gov.
To check the status of a passport application, call 1-877-487-2778 or visit http://travel.state.gov.