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Betty Botner, DS

Tel: 678.358.3984

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New forms allow applying for a passport book and/or a passport card:

The application form for applying for a new passport has been amended so that applicants can check whether they are applying for a passport book (the traditional passport), a passport card or both.  The new Application for Passport form DS 11, which is the same number as it has been previously, must be used for all persons applying after February 1, 2008.

The passport card is not valid for travel by air.  It is valid only for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean region.  The passport card has the same validity as the passport book:  10 years for adults and 5 years for minors under 16.

Also, effective February 1, 2008, there are new forms that must be used for passport renewals, adding pages to a passport book, name changes and parental consent for a minor under 16 to apply for a passport.

Change in the age for parental consent and issuance of passports to minor children:

Effective February 1, 2008, both parents must appear or sign consent forms for a child under 16 to apply for a passport.  Formerly, the requirement for both parents to consent was for children under 14.  It is no required for children under 16.

Effective February 1, 2008, a parent my request that their minor children’s (under 18) names be entered in the U.S. Passport name-check system.  Once entered into the system, the program known as the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) will notify the parent if a passport application is submitted in behalf of his/her minor child(ren), and will deny the issuance of a passport if there is an appropriate court order on file with the CPIAP.

New Passport Fees

Fee TypePassport FeePost Office FeeTotal
Passport Book 16 and over
Passport Book 15 and under
Passport Book renewal
Passport Card 16 and over
Passport Card 15 and under
Expedited Service Fee*
*Not available for cards
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