A Passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries, including Mexico and Canada. Many County Recorder Office's are Passport Acceptance Facilities and can assist you with the application process. Call your County Recorder for times and availability. Passports may soon be required for all air, sea and
land travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central & South America, the Caribbean,
and Bermuda. Applications for passports can now be submitted in the County
Recorders Office in many Iowa counties.
What is needed to get a
- The passport application
is available online at
- A certified copy of your
birth certificate (Photocopies not accepted) OR previously issued passport.
- ONE 2 x 2 photograph that complies with passport requirements (Photo services available in most facilities for an additional charge).
- Current photo ID, drivers
license or other government issued ID.
- At least (1) check or money order payable to US Department of State ($110.00 for adults 16 & older- $80.00 for minor children under 16) *Minor children under the age of sixteen must appear in person with both parents when applying for a passport.
- A $25.00 Facility Acceptance Fee - Check, Money order, cash or debit/credit card accepted.
For additional passport
information please contact your local County Recorder or refer to the following
What is a Passport Card?
A passport card is only valid for travel by land and sea between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Caribbean and closed loop cruises.
The same items listed above must accompany any person applying for a Passport Card. However, the US Department of State fees are slightly less: $30 for adults (16 & over) and $15.00 for minors (15 and under). Minor children under the age of 16 must appear in person with both parents when applying for a passport card.
Routine passport delivery is 4 to 6 weeks. Expedited passports will be received within 3 weeks for an additional charge of $60.00
For additional passport information, please contact your local County Recorder or visit www.travel.state.gov/passport