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Passport Information

You may apply for, or renew, a passport by going to the DeKalb Circuit Clerk’s Office.  You will need to bring the listed items, below, as well as the correct fee as explained below.

Items needed to obtain a passport or passport card

  1. Application (must be completed with no scratch outs, white outs or corrections)
  2. Certified Birth Certificate (State embossed seal or multi-color seal must be present on the birth certificate, a hospital birth certificate or photocopy will not be accepted) OR
  3. Naturalization Papers (original, no photocopy) OR
  4. Expired Passport; must be submitted with new application for adult or child (if child is under 14 years of age must submit certified birth certificate also)
  5. Two (2) recent passport photos (Must be passport photos, no other type of photo will do.)
  6. A valid driver’s license or photo ID (if the person applying for the passport is under 18 years of age, we will need the parent or guardian’s license also)


No credit cards; cash or check only.

New Fees on Passports

Effective July 13, 2010New Fees on Passports
Passport BooksFirst Time
Adult - Check payable to US Dept. of State$110.00
Minor - Check payable to US Dept. of State$80.00
Plus Clerk Issuing Fee - Check payable to Pam Simpson$25.00
Passport CardsFirst Time
Adult - Check payable to US Dept. of State$30.00
Minor - Check payable to US Dept. of State$15.00
Plus Clerk Issuing Fee - Check payable to Pam Simpson$25.00
Expedite ServiceAdditional $74.85

The Circuit Clerk’s Offices are located at the DeKalb County Courthouse.  Passport office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

You may obtain a certified birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics from the state where you were born.  Follow this link to passport services if you do not know how to contact the state of your birth.  With a credit card, they will overnight your birth certificate to you.  Anyone born in Alabama may obtain a birth certificate at the DeKalb County Health Department:

DeKalb County Health Department
2401 Calvin Drive, S.W.
Fort Payne, Alabama 35967
(256) 845-1931

Their office hours are 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  If you want your birth certificate the same day, you must be there no later than 4 p.m.  The cost is $15 per certified copy; additional copies are $6 each.  Passport Services will not accept a hospital certificate or a notification of birth registration.

Several local photographers and businesses make passport photographs.

The fee for passports may be paid by check or cash, payable to Pam Simpson, as per the fee schedule below:
Applicants 16 years old or older: $135.00 (Passport valid - 10 yrs)
Applicants under 16 years old: $105.00 (passport valid - 5 yrs)

You can now apply for a passport card.  Fees for passport cards:
Applicants 16 years old or older: $55.00
Applicants under 16 years old: $40.00

If you wish to expedite, an additional fee of $60.00 will be required.

You should receive your passport within 4 to 6 weeks from the date you apply.  Your passport and birth certificate will be mailed to the address provided on your application.

Passports that are needed within 3 weeks can be expedited for an additional fee of $60.00 plus overnight fee.  You need to purchase overnight mailers from the post office.  The passport should be issued within 7 to 10 business days from the receipt of the application by the Department of the State, Passport Services.

The application must be signed by the applicant before the passport agent in the Clerk’s Office, and the applicant must present a photo I.D. such as a driver license.  Each applicant, regardless of age, must appear.

Both parents must appear and sign the application for applicants under 16 year of age and present a photo ID and proof of relationship (such as a birth certificate) to the applicant.  If a parent cannot appear in person a notarized statement of consent must be presented.  The form is available in the Clerk’s Office.

Passport books can be renewed if you submit your most recent passport that was issued on or after your 16th birthday, if it was issued within the last 15 years.  The Clerk’s Office has renewal forms available.  The renewal fee is $110.00. Passport card renewals are $30.00 for adults.

To check the status of your passport application you may call 1-877-487-2778 (1-877-4USA-PPT).  The passport web site for information and forms is http://www.travel.state.gov/.

The Circuit Clerk’s Office is located at the DeKalb County Courthouse.  Passport office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The office is closed on all State and Federal holidays.