Passport Application Process

To obtain a U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, it is necessary for each applicant to complete the application process:

A U.S. Passport Card is only valid for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean – Not for travel by air to these destinations.

1. Complete the passport application

View/Download the Passport Application here

The form can also be obtained and filled out in our passport offices.

Your departure date, if known, and your Social Security number must be included on the application. It is important that you fill out all of the required information on the application. Do not sign the application until you are instructed to do so in the presence of the Passport Agent who is processing it.

2. Provide proof of American citizenship
You must submit one (1) of the following for proof of U.S. Citizenship:

Original documents are required, photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable.

  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:*
    • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
    • Lists full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Lists parent(s)’ full names
    • Has the date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Has the registrar’s signature
    • Has the seal of the issuing authority
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

* Please note: As a result of a joint U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice investigation, birth certificates issued by the Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics and/or Jersey City Department of Health cannot be accepted for passport applications. A N.J. State issued Birth Certificate is required. For a state issued replacement of a Hudson County or Jersey City issued birth certificate, please on the following link: N.J. State Vital Statistics

* Also, as of October 30, 2010, the Department of State will only accept Puerto Rican birth certificates issued on or after July 1, 2010. Affected customers that do not yet have a new Puerto Rican birth certificate should click the following link: N.J. Department of State

If you cannot submit one of the above acceptable documents, or for more information, please click here for N.J.’s Citizenship Evidence.

3. Present identification
You must present one (1) of the following identification documents (IDs) to the acceptance agent. The ID must readily identify you.

  • In-state, fully-valid driver’s license
  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
  • U.S. Military ID or military dependent ID
  • Valid foreign passport
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular Identification, commonly used by the parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant)

Please note: If you present an out-of-state ID, you must present an additional secondary ID. (See Step #4 for secondary ID information)

4. Provide approved secondary forms of identification
Aside from your proof of citizenship, you must also be able to identify yourself and authenticate your signature.

Some accepted forms of secondary identification include:

  • Social Security card
  • Voter registration card
  • Employee ID
  • Student ID
  • Medicare or other health card
  • Expired driver’s license
  • Membership card in a local social organization or club
5. Provide passport photographs
You must provide one (1) photograph with your passport application. Both the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office and Monmouth County Connection provide passport photo service for a $10 fee.

Requirements for a Good Passport Photo

  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • Size of photo
  • Recent, taken in the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Background must be plain white or off-white
  • Head must be directly facing the camera with your full face in view
  • Taken with a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open
  • In color
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
  • No hats or head coverings, unless you wear it daily for religious purposes. Your full face must be visible and your head covering cannot cast shadows on your face.
  • No headphones or wireless hands-free devices
  • No eyeglasses worn

As of November 1, 2016, eyeglasses may not be worn in photos unless in rare circumstances of medical necessity. In these rare circumstances, applicants should obtain a signed statement from a medical professional or health practitioner (such as a surgeon or ophthalmologist). For more information, please click the following link for the U.S. Department of State’s Official Notice.

To see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos, please visit the U.S. Passports & Travel Photo Examples page.

6. Pay the processing fees

Please note: The application fee and the execution fee are paid separately.

Adult Passport Fees (Age 16 Years and Older):

Applying For Adult (Age 16+) Application Fee Acceptance Fee

(Execution Fee)

First-time Adult Passport Book $110 $25 = $135
First-time Adult Passport Card $30 $25 = $55
First-time Adult Passport

Book & Card

$140 $25 = $165

Passport Card

$30 Not Required = $30


Adult Passport Renewal Fees (Age 16 Years and Older):


Adult (Age 16+)

Application Fee Acceptance Fee

(Execution Fee)

Adult Passport Book Renewal $110 Not Required = $110
Adult Passport Card Renewal $30 Not Required = $30
Adult Passport Book & Card Renewal $140 Not Required = $140


Minor Passport Fees:

Applying For


(Under Age 16)



Acceptance Fee

(Execution Fee)


Passport Book

$80 $25 = $105

Passport Card

$15 $25 = $40
Minor Passport Book & Card $95 $25 = $120


Other Fees:

Info Fee Charge
Expedite Fee Paid per application, in addition to required fees. Provides faster processing than routine service. $60
Overnight Delivery Paid per application for overnight delivery of an issued passport book from the Department of State to the customer. Only applies to mailing addresses within the United States. Not valid for passport cards. $20.66


For fees of other applications or services, please visit the U.S. Passports & Travel Passport Fees and Calculator page.