A passport is an internationally recognized travel document attesting to the identity and nationality of the bearer. In essence, it is a request on the part of the issuing government that officials of foreign governments permit the bearer to travel or sojourn in their territories and to afford them all lawful aid and protection.
A valid passport is required of U.S. citizens departing from the United States for any destination outside of North, South or Central America and for entering the United States from outside the United States. For more information, please visit travel.state.gov.
The Clerk of Courts Office is the local government agency that may accept applications for passports. That application is then passed on to one of the passport services designated by the Secretary of State. The application is then reviewed, and is then issued or denied, and returned to the applicant by mail. During peak travel periods, this process may take four to six-week, so allow plenty of time before you intend to travel.
Proof of U.S. Citizenship:
- If born in the United States, submit a previous U.S passport or certified birth certificate. A birth certificate must include your given name and surname, date and place of birth, date the birth record was filed, and the seal or other certification of the official custodian of such records.
- If born outside the United States, submit a previous U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
Proof of Identify:
- You may submit items such as the following containing your signature AND physical description or photograph that is a good likeness of you: previous U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, driver's license, or a government (Federal, State or Municipal) employee identification card or pass. Temporary or altered documents are not acceptable.
- Submit one (1) color photograph of you alone, sufficiently recent to be a good likeness of you (normally taken within the last six months ), and 2 x 2 inches in size. The image size measured from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head (including hair) should not be less than 1 inch and not more than 1 3/8 inches. The photograph must be color, clear, with a full front view of your face, and printed on thin paper with plain light (white or off-white) background. The photgraph must be capable of withstanding a mounting temperature of 225° F (107° C). The photograph must be taken in normal street attire, without a hat, head covering, or dark glasses unless a signed statement is submitted by the applicant verifying the item is worn daily for religious purposes or a signed doctor's statement is submitted verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes. A retouched photograph altering your appearance is unacceptable. Snapshots, most vending machine prints, and magazine or a full-length photograph is unacceptable. Digitized photos must meet the previously stated qualifications and will be accepted for use at the discretion of Passport Services. Photographs can be obtained at the Viera, Merritt Island, Melbourne and Titusville Parkway Branch Offices. The cost is $10.00 plus tax for a total of $10.60. Please note our Titusville Customer Service Branch at the Six Story Courthouse is unable to provide photographs at this time but will continue to accept passports which the customer already has an available photograph.
PASSPORT FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED IN BLACK INK.
The appropriate forms may be picked up in advance in our office, at a AAA office, or at most travel agencies. The form must be signed in the presence of a clerk at our office when it is filed. These forms are also available on the U.S. Department of State's website.
If there is no official record of your birth, you will need to contact the proper agency (Bureau of Vital Statistics or Health Department) of your birth state. A letter will be issued to this fact, then we can use other items for proof.
If you are a naturalized citizen, the original naturalization certificate must accompany the application for a passport. It will be returned by the passport agency. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but need a passport, you must contact the nearest consulate for your country.
A visa is permission granted by the government of a country to an alien to enter that country and to remain for a specific period of time. It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain necessary visas, if any, before proceeding abroad. Visas are obtained from the embassy or consulate of the countries to which the applicant wishes to travel. We can assist with information as to what countries require visas.
If your passport has been lost, stolen or mutilated, you must complete a new application, with new pictures, birth certificate and affidavit of lost or stolen passport. The forms are available in this office. The cost will be the same as applying for a new passport.
Denial of Application
If you are behind in your child support payments in excess of $5,000, you are ineligible to receive a U.S. passport. If this applies to you, Passport Services strongly recommends that you contact the appropriate State child support enforcement agency to make payment arrangements before applying for a passport.
Passports and Confidentiality
Information obtained from or in connection with a passport application is privileged under the Privacy Act of 1974 and under Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 51.33, and must not be divulged to any person or organization inquiring about such records. Requests for information concerning an applicant's personal background, address, travel plans, etc. should be referred to:
Passport Services Washington, D.C. 20524.
Statistical data concerning passport applications handled by the Clerk's office, not including any information about specific applications, may be released. (i.e.: How many passport applications have been handled in a certain period, etc.)