To avoid stress, last minute rush, and expedite fees, apply for a United States passport several months before traveling. Depending upon the time of year, a passport may take from four to six weeks for delivery.

The total fee for a United States passport is paid with two separate payments—one payment is for the passport itself and the other payment is for the facility that initially accepts the application. Though two separate payments are required to process an application, the total cost is the same one collected at all passport acceptance facilities. These two fees are paid in the following manner.

FEES

PASSPORT FEE

Must be paid by check
or money order only,

made payable to
"U.S. Dept. of State"

ACCEPTANCE FEE

May be paid by cash, check, Visa, or MC
and is paid to
"City of Escondido"

Adult Passport Book
and Card
Age 16 and over

(Good for 10 years)
$140.00 $25.00
Adult Passport Book
Age 16 and over

(Good for 10 years)
$110.00 $25.00
Adult Passport Card
Age 16 and over

(Good for 10 years)
$30.00 $25.00
Minor Passport Book
and Card
Age 15 and under

Good for 5 years)
$95.00 $25.00
Minor Passport Book
Age 15 and under

(Good for 5 years)
$80.00 $25.00
Minor Passport Card
Age 15 and under

(Good for 5 years)
$15.00 $25.00

NOTE: Fees Effective July 13, 2010.

The original Passport Application (#DS-11) may be obtained from our office or printed from the U.S. State Department's Web site at: travel.state.gov/passport/forms/forms_847.html.

Appearance requirements:

All applicants must appear in person.

Passport applicants 16 and 17 years old must appear in person with a parent or legal guardian (proof of legal guardianship must be submitted). See Items 3 and 4 below regarding I.D. requirements to be submitted for parents.

Passport applicants under 16 years of age must appear in person with both parents or legal guardians.

Along with the completed application, you will need to provide the following:

  1. Proof of U.S. citizenship, which can be one of the following documents:
    1. A previous U.S. passport (preferably your most recent one).
    2. A certified birth certificate from a state or U.S. territory. The birth certificate must be issued by the county recorder's office where you were born; hospital birth certificates are not acceptable. Please note that applicants born in the states of California and Texas need to submit a "Certificate of Live Birth." California and Texas "Birth Abstracts" are not acceptable.
    3. An original Certificate of Naturalization.
    4. An original Certificate of Citizenship.
    5. A certified Report of Birth Abroad
       
  2. Evidence of parental relationship. This requirement is for applicants under 14 years of age only. Minors age 16 and 17 are able to apply independent of parents if able to submit sufficient photo identification. To establish the parental or custodial relationship between the parents or legal guardians and the child, one of the following documents listing the parents' names must be submitted:
    1. A birth certificate from a state or US territory.
    2. A foreign birth certificate.
    3. A Report of Birth Abroad.
    4. An adoption decree.
    5. A court order establishing custody or guardianship.

    Please note that a child's former passport does not satisfy this requirement, as it does not list the parents' or guardians' names.

  3. Proof of identity (for applicants 18 years or older, or for parent(s) of applicants under 18 years of age). You must submit one of the following items as identification, containing your signature and a photograph that is a good likeness of you:
    1. A valid undamaged passport.
    2. A valid driver's license.
    3. A valid state identification card.
    4. A valid government (federal, state, municipal) card.
    5. Certificate of Naturalization.
    6. A recently-issued Certificate of Citizenship.

    If you can not prove your identity, you must appear with an identifying witness who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who has known you for at least two years. Your witness must prove his or her identity and complete and sign an "Affidavit of Identifying Witness" before the acceptance agent. You, the applicant, must also submit two pieces of secondary identification of your own (i.e., school I.D. card, credit card with picture, Costco card with picture, etc.).

  4. Applicants Must Submit Photocopy of Identification – The photocopy must be of the same I.D. document that the applicant presents when he/she applies.
    1. Photocopy must be on plain white, 8-1/2" x 11" standard paper stock, showing the front and back of the I.D.
    2. Photocopy must contain images on only one side of each page submitted.
    3. If copies cannot be made on the same side of one page, two separate pages may be presented; one displaying the front of the I.D. and the second displaying the back of the I.D.
    4. The paper should be free of other images and/or markings.
    5. The 8-1/2" x 11" paper size cannot be substituted with a larger or smaller size paper, even if the alternative folds down to 8-1/2" x 11" size.
    6. The image of the I.D. may be enlarged on the 8-1/2" x 11" page, but the size of the image may not be decreased.
  5. Two identical, recent passport photographs. It is best to purchase the photographs from a passport photo shop, as they are aware of the precise requirements of passport photographs. The City of Escondido now offers passport photographs for a fee of $15.00, which includes two identical photographs.
     
  6. All applicable fees, including application and acceptance fees (see fee chart), and if warranted, expedite and overnight mail fees.

Expedite Service and Overnight Mailing

If you desire expedite processing of your passport application, this service is available for an additional $60.00 per application. With regular mailing, you would then receive a passport in the mail in approximately two to three weeks. For current processing times, please visit the U.S. Department of State's Web site at www.travel.state.gov. The $60.00 expedite fee should be added to the passport fee made payable to "U.S Dept. of State."

If needed, two-way overnight mail service is available to:

a. Deliver your passport application to the passport agency.
b. Deliver the issued passport to your home.

Each overnight mail service requires a variable extra charge. If interested, please inquire about these services and their respective charges when you apply at our office.

If you are traveling within 14 days, you will need to make an appointment and apply in person at the Los Angeles Passport Agency, located in the Federal Office Building, 11000 Wilshire Boulevard, in West Los Angeles. The Passport Agency's hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, please call the National Passport Information Line at 877-487-2778.

Checking the Status of Your Application

The status of your application should be available online 5–7 days after applying. Go to www.travel.state.gov to view this information.

Currently, it is taking 5–7 days for applications to be tracked online. It may take less time if you paid for Expedite Service and sent your application via overnight delivery.