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Passport Services
In cooperation with the Federal Government, the Clerk's Office offers passport application services as a part of it's continuing service to the community. The Passport Services office is located in room 1202, Richard J. Daley Center

Forms
Follow this link to the State Department to get the most current versions of the Passport Application

 

Where Do I Apply for a Passport?

You may apply for your passport at the Office of  the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Probate Division, on the 12th Floor of the Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL.

If you are traveling within two (2) weeks (14 days) then you may apply at the Chicago Passport Agency, Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 South Dearborn Street, 18th floor, Chicago, IL 60604-1564. An appointment is required. The automated appointment number is (312) 341-6020. The hours are 9:00am-4:00pm, CST, M-F, excluding federal holidays.

NOTE: Chicago Passport Agency serves customers who are traveling within two (2) weeks (14 days) or who need foreign visas for travel. An appointment is required.

How Do I Get a Passport in Hurry?

Requests to expedite require an additional fee of $60 plus overnight delivery costs. Two-way overnight delivery is strongly suggested. If you mail in-clearly mark EXPEDITED on the envelope. Anyone may request expedited service for any type of application (e.g., first time applications, renewals, amendments of existing passports, etc.) Call the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at the information listed below: Website for Passport Information.
· Telephone Number: 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778)
· TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793. Telephone number for customers with telecommunication devices for the hearing impaired
·Customer Service Representatives and Operators for TDD/TTY are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays .

Automated Information available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have a travel emergency, please call the Center to speak with a customer service representative. Do not e-mail.
· E-mail may be sent to NPIC by completing a general inquiry or status of pending application form through the links below.
If you would like to email the National Passport Information Center for a general question regarding passports, click here
If you have already applied for a U.S. passport and would like to know the status of your application by email, click here

When Should I Apply For a Passport?

Apply several months before your planned departure.  Allow approximately six (6) weeks for processing.  If you need a visa from a foreign embassy, allow more time.

How Do I Apply For a Passport at the Clerk's Office?

An application consists of the following five (5) items:

1.  Completed U.S. Dept. of State Application for Passport

"Application for Passport," Form DS-11
 Available from the U.S. Department of State website, or the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County-Probate Division, 12th Floor, Room 1202, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602.

2.  Proof of U.S. citizenship :

You may prove U.S. Citizenship with any one of the following :

  • Previous U.S. Passport (mutilated , altered, or damaged passports are not acceptable as evidence of U.S. citizenship.)
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state

NOTE: A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be within 1 year of your birth.

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

A Delayed Birth Certificate filed more than one year after your birth may be acceptable if it:

  • Listed the documentation used to create it and
  • Signed by the attending physician or midwife, or, lists an affidavit signed by the parents, or shows early public records.

If you do NOT have a previous U.S. passport or a certified birth certificate, you will need :

  • Letter of No Record

Issued by the State with your name, date of birth, which years were searched for a birth record and that there is no birth certificate on file for you.

  • AND as many of the following as possible:

o       baptismal certificate

o       hospital birth certificate

o       census record

o       early school record

o       family bible record

o       doctor's record of post-natal care

NOTES:

o       These documents must be early public records showing the date and place of birth, preferably created within the first five years of your life.

o       You may also submit an Affidavit of Birth, form DS-10, from an older blood relative, i.e., a parent, aunt, uncle, sibling, who has personal knowledge of your birth. It must be notarized or have the seal and signature of the acceptance agent.

If you were born abroad AND do not have a Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Birth on file, you will need:

1. If you claim citizenship through birth abroad to one U.S. citizen parent:

  • Foreign birth certificate,
  • Proof of citizenship of your U.S. citizen parent, AND
  • An affidavit of your U.S. citizen parent showing all periods and places of residence or physical presence in the United States and abroad before your birth.

2. If you claim citizenship through birth abroad to two U.S. citizen parents:

  • Your foreign birth certificate,
  • Parent’s marriage certificate, AND
  • Proof of citizenship of your U.S. parents and an affidavit of your U.S. citizen parents showing all periods and places of residence of physical presence in the United States and abroad before your birth.


NOTE: The following are NOT proof of citizenship

  • Voter registration cards
  • Army discharge papers

NOTE: If you travel extensively, you may request a larger, 48-page passport at no additional cost. To do so, please attach a signed request for a 48-page passport to your application.

FOR MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 14:

The citizenship evidence submitted for minors under the age of 14 must list both parents' names.

3.  Proof of identity

You may prove your identity with any one of these, if you are recognizable :

  • Previous U.S. passport (mutilated , altered, or damaged passports are not acceptable as proof of identity.)
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Current, valid
    • Driver's license
    • Government ID: city, state or federal
    • Military ID: military and dependents

NOTE: Your Social Security Card does NOT prove your identity .

If none of these are available , you will need:

  1. Some signature documents, not acceptable alone as ID

(Ex: a combination of documents, such as your Social Security card, credit card, bank card, library card, etc.)

AND

  1. A person who can vouch for you. He/she must
  • Have known you for at least 2 years,
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
  • Have valid ID, and
  • Fill out a Form DS-71 in the presence of a passport agent.

FOR MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 14:

Each minor child shall appear in person. Both parents or legal guardians must present evidence of identity when they apply for a minor under the age of 14.

FOR MINORS 14 to 17:

  • Your child MUST appear in person.
  • For security reasons, parental consent may be requested.
  • If your child does not have identification of his/her own, you need to accompany your child, present identification and co-sign the application.

4.  Two (2) identical photographs

Your photographs must be :

  • 2x2 inches in size
  • Identical
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Color or black and white
  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background
  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Taken in normal street attire
    • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture. Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.

    NOTE: Vending machine photos are not generally acceptable

    5.  Passport Application Fees

  •  Click here to see passport fees

    Our 13 Passport Agencies Accept:

    Credit Cards – VISA, Master Card, American Express, Discover***
    Debit/Check cards (not ATM cards)***
    Checks, money orders, bank drafts

    ***Please note that the Clerk’s Office is not able to accept these forms of payment (credit/debit cards) at this time.

    Our over 6,000 Passport Acceptance Facilities Accept:

    For Passport Application Fee

    Personal checks, money orders, and bank drafts at all locations
    Exact cash at some locations

    For Execution Fee

    Money orders and bank drafts at all locations
    Personal checks and exact cash at some locations
    Credit cards at U.S. Postal Facilities and some other locations (PLEASE NOTE: The Clerk’s Office is not able to accept credit/debit cards at this time.)

    A printed schedule of these and other fees is available in Room 1202, 12th floor of the Richard J. Daley Center at the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County-Probate Division and at www.travel.state.gov.

    Bring all of the above items to our Probate Division office in Room 1202 of the Richard J. Daley Center.

    Service

    Passport 1

    Submitted to Passport Services

    Execution Fee 2

    Submitted to Clerk’s Office

    Security Surcharge
    (incl. in fee submitted to Passport Services)

    Age 16 and Over

    $75

    $25

    $12 Security surcharge

    Under Age 16

    $60

    $25

    $12 Security surcharge

    Renewal of adult passport

    $75

    $0

    $12 Security surcharge

    For expedited processing, a $60 fee is charged in addition to the "Passport" and "Execution" fees.

    1 This fee must be paid by check or money order payable to "Passport Services."  Cash will not be accepted.
    2 This fee may be paid by cash, check, or money order.  A check or money order must be payable to "Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County."

    PLEASE NOTE: The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is not able to accept credit cards or debit cards at this time.  Two forms of identification are required if paying by check.

 

Where Can I Get the Required Forms?

Where do I get a passport application?

You may also get applications and related forms at our office on the 12th Floor of the Daley Center, or by following the link at the top of this page.  Upon request and our receipt of a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope, we will be glad to mail you forms and a fee schedule.

Must Applications Be Made In Person?

If your child is:

Then....

 Under 14

  • Your child must appear in person.
  • Both parents or legal guardians can apply for your child.
  • Both parents or legal guardians consent is required for minors under age 14.
  • Both parents or legal guardians must show current, valid ID.

 14 to 17

  • Your child must appear in person.
  • Your parental consent may be requested.

Is it true that passport applications for minors under 14 require the consent of both parents or legal guardians?

Effective July 2, 2001, Public Law 106-113, Section 236 requires that U.S. passport applications for children under the age of 14 require both parents' or legal guardians' consent.

If you are renewing your passport and meet certain conditions (see How do I Renew My Passport), you may apply by mail.

Who May Renew a Passport?

You may renew your passport, if you meet the following conditions:

v your most recent passport was issued when you were 16 years old or older
v your most recent passport was issued within the past 12 years
v your most recent passport is not damaged or mutilated
v you now use the same name as on your most recent passport (or you can properly document that your name has been changed by marriage or court order)

How Do I Renew My Passport?

If you meet all of the above conditions for renewal, send the following items to the National  Passport Center (address on application form):

v completed "Routine Service – Passport Renewal”, Form DS 82
v your most recent passport
v passport fee of $75.00 (plus $12 Security Surcharge)
v two (2) recent identical photos (see previous description at item #4)

How Do I Replace My Passport Issued Over 12 Years Ago?

You must apply for a new passport and submit your expired passport with your application.

How  Do I Replace My Lost or Stolen Passport?

Please apply for a new passport immediately. You may report your lost or stolen passport when you apply for the new one. Along with your application, you must submit the Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport, Form DS-64.

If you decide not to apply for a new passport immediately, you may report your lost or stolen passport by completing Form DS-64 and mailing it to:

US Department of State
Passport Services
Consular Lost/Stolen Passport Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

Or call us 24 hours/day at: (202) 955-0430
Voice mail - For non-business hours, Eastern Time

Sources of Information


National Passport Information Center

Telephone Number: 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778)
· TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793. Telephone number for customers with telecommunication devices for the hearing impaired
·Customer Service Representatives and Operators for TDD/TTY are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays .

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Probate Division
Richard J. Daley Center, Room 1202
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL   60602-1368
312-603-6457

Office and phone hours:

Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Chicago Passport Agency

U. S. Department of State
Kluczynski Federal Building, 18th Floor
230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL   60604
312-341-6020

Office hours:
Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Phone hours: all day, every day
[applications accepted by appointment only]

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