Application Process

Application Process and Requirements

Applications and additional forms can be obtained online at www.travel.state.gov or from the Marion County Clerk of Court Passport Department.  Forms with any errors or corrected information cannot be accepted for processing.

Passport photo services are available at the Marion County Clerk of Court Annex Building.  Please contact the Passport Department at 352-671-5588 to schedule an appointment.

Applying for Passport

Complete the DS-11 application form.  All applicants must appear in person.  The following documentation is required when submitting your application:

1- Proof of U.S. Citizenship (one of the following):

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Certified Birth Certificate, with parents’ names stated
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certification of Citizenship

(Previous U.S. Passport and Certified Birth Certificate are both required for minors.)

2- Proof of Identity (one of the following):

  • Valid Driver’s License (Not a temporary or learner permit)
  • Government ID: City, State, or Federal
  • Military ID: military or dependents
  • Merchants Marines Card

3- One Recent Passport Photograph:

Photo must be 2x2 inches in size, in color and taken within the past six months. Photograph should be taken in normal street attire, without hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline.  Uniforms should not be worn, except for religious attire that is worn daily. 

4- Passport Fees

Passport fees must be paid by check or money order for each applicant, payable to the U.S. Department of State.  The execution fee is paid separately to the Marion County Clerk of Court by cash, check, money order or credit card.  For current amounts, please see the Fee Schedule and Service Charges or visit www.travel.state.gov.

Renewing a Passport (Issued no more than 15 years ago)

Your passport was issued for ten years. You are allowed to renew it within a five-year period after it expires. If your passport was issued within the past 15 years, and you were at least 16 years when you received it, complete the DS-82 renewal application form.  These applications are submitted by mail, along with the following documentation:

1- Your most recently issued U.S. Passport Book and/or Card

2- One Recent Passport Photograph

3- Proof of Name Change (if applicable, certified copies required)

4- Passport Fees

For current amounts, please see the Fee Schedule and Service Charges document or visit www.travel.state.gov.) You must mail this form yourself to the Passport Agency at the address stated on the form. We generally suggest sending this certified mail. The renewal will be issued for a ten-year period.

Minors
All minors must appear in person.  Passports for minors are issued for a five-year period of time. They may not be renewed, a new passport must be issued by submitting the DS-11 application form. In addition to the regular materials required for adults, evidence of the child's relationship to parents or guardian(s) and parental identification will also be required.

If only one parent appears for applicants under age 16, you must also submit one of the following:

1- Statement of Consent, DS-3053 Form, completed by absent parent and notarized within last 90 days.

2- Evidence of sole authority to apply (certified court order granting sole custody or a birth certificate listing one parent)

3- Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances. DS-5525 Form, explaining why absent parent cannot be reached.

4- Absent parent must also submit a copy of photo identification, both front and back.