The Western Hemisphere travel initiative requires U.S. citizens to have a passport when traveling outside the United States. Log on to www.travel.state.gov for detailed information regarding travel (by land and sea) with children under the age of 16 and children under the age of 19 traveling with a group or organization.
An adult passport is valid for 10 years. A child passport is valid for 5 years.
Passport application appointments will be suspended during the 3 weeks before any election and during the week of the election. July 15 - August 7 is the period during which no appointments will be made this summer.
Passport Applications are Processed by Appointment Only.
A passport appointment is necessary to insure that a Passport Acceptance Agent who is fully trained is available to assist you. We do our best to be prepared and allow enough time in the schedule to provide uninterrupted service to you during your appointment. Additionally, we are better able to secure the privacy of your legal documents by servicing one passport applicant, or family of applicants, at a time. Our objective is to provide better service than is possible on a walk-in basis.
Contact the Clerk's Office to schedule your appointment - 248.530.1880. Residents and non-residents are welcome.
Click here for an important and detailed checklist for your appointment. Please read carefully before making your appointment.
NOTE: Each individual applicant must submit his/her own application in person. The child(ren) for whom a passport is being applied MUST be present at the appointment, along with BOTH parents. If one parent is unable to be present at the appointment that parent must complete Form DS-3053, have it notarized, and send a photocopy of their photo ID. For other absent parent situations refer to www.travel.state.gov or call the City Clerk's Office at 248-530-1880.
The U.S. Department of State has introduced the Passport Card. The Passport Card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. It will carry the same rights, privileges, and standards of the Passport Book. However, the card may not be used to travel by air.
What you need to apply for the Passport Book and/or the Passport Card
The following is a basic list of what you need to bring with you. Please read the important and detailed checklist prior to making your appointment.
- Completed Passport Application
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship (ex: original/certified copy of birth certificate or previous adult passport)
- Proof of Identity (ex: current driver’s license or state issued ID card)
- One recent passport photo PLEASE NOTE: The City of Birmingham is unable to take passport photos. Applicants should obtain a photo before arriving at the City Clerk's Office for their appointment.
NOTE: Eyeglasses cannot be worn in the photo
- Fee (see below - payable by check or money order only)
- Applicant must be present. For a child's passport the child must be present along with both parents.
Two checks or money orders are required to be submitted with your passport application.
NOTE: Credit/Debit cards are accepted for the City of Birmingham fee only. A convenience fee will be added.
You will receive your passport from the Department of State, by mail, in approximately six to eight weeks. For expedited service (for receipt within approximately three weeks), an additional $60.00 per application must be included.*
Download an application
Application forms are available in the Clerk’s Office and on the Passport Agency's web site. For detailed information on applying for or renewing a passport, as well as an application form, log on to www.travel.state.gov and click on “passports” or call the National Passport Information Center at 877.487.2778.
*If you have immediate travel plans, please contact the Detroit Passport Agency located at 211 West Fort Street, 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226 or call 877.487.2778.