The Douglas County Recording Office provides passport service BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled 28 days in advance. If there are no openings, please try again the following morning.
All applicants applying for a passport, including children, must be present for the appointment. If for some reason the application cannot be accepted, applicants will be asked to correct the issue and return at a later date. Children under the age of 16 must apply in person for a passport, even if they have had one before.
Routine processing takes 8 to 11 weeks and can take up to 18 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. Processing times begin the day the US Department of State receives your application, not the day you apply for a passport at this local acceptance facility. Please plan your travel accordingly.
CLICK ON THIS HELPFUL BROCHURE TO COMPLETE THE FOUR KEY STEPS REQUIRED WHEN APPLYING FOR A PASSPORT:
1.) Completed Forms
2.) Passport Photo
3.) Proof of US Citizenship/Government-Issued Photo ID
4.) Check or Money Order
How long does it take to get a passport?
Processing times for standard passport applications vary. Routine processing is 8 to 11 weeks and expedite processing (for an additional $60) is 5 to 7 weeks. Processing times begin the day the US Department of State receives your application, not the day you apply for a passport at this local acceptance facility. Please visit www.travel.state.gov for the most current processing times.
What if I’m traveling in less than two weeks?
You will need to call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or visit www.travel.state.gov You will need to schedule an appointment at the regional passport agency in Aurora and will be required to provide proof of traveling in less than 2 weeks.
Where can I obtain a passport application?
Passport applications may be obtained from www.travel.state.gov or in the Douglas County Recording office.
Do I have to make an appointment to apply for my passport?
The Douglas County Recording Office offers passport appointments from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments may be scheduled 28 days in advance. If there are no openings, please try again the following morning.
Do I need a special photo for my passport application?
Passport applications require one passport photo measuring 2” x 2” to be included with the application. A full list of photo requirements can be found at www.travel.state.gov.
The Douglas County Recording office can take your passport photo for $8, or you can search online for other agencies that provide passport photo service.
What’s the difference between a passport card and a passport booklet?
A passport card cannot be used for air travel. It may be used for land or sea travel to or from the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. A passport card also costs less: $30 for adults and $15 for children plus the $35 execution fee per application.
There are no other differences between the passport card and the passport booklet.
What documents do I need to provide for a passport application?
It varies depending on your circumstances. The most common documents needed are a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate and a current driver’s license. For other document requirements, please visit www.travel.state.gov or call the Recording office at 303-660-7446.
Are there any special requirements for children to apply for passports?
Most of the requirements are the same. However, children under the age of 16 are required to have both parents present in the office to sign their consent. If one of the parents is unable to appear, a consent affidavit must be completed. Please visit www.travel.state.gov for more information and forms.
Children ages 16-17, who have a photo ID, are required to have one parent sign the application giving consent for the passport or provide the child with a check. Also, all children, even infants, must appear in person with their application before it can be accepted.
I have special circumstances that I can’t find the answer to, what do I do?
Please call the Douglas County Recording office at 303-660-7446, email [email protected] or call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or visit www.travel.state.govfor frequently asked questions.
PLEASE NOTE: APPOINTMENTS MAY ONLY BE SCHEDULED 28 DAYS IN ADVANCE. IF THERE ARE NO OPENINGS, PLEASE TRY AGAIN THE FOLLOWING MORNING.
All passport fees are set by the U.S. Department of State. The passport fee may be paid with a personal check, money order or bank draft made payable to the U.S. Department of State. Each application submitted must have its own check or money order. Temporary or counter checks are not acceptable forms of payment to the Department of State.
The acceptance facility fees listed below may be paid by cash, check, money order or credit card made payable to Douglas County Clerk.
The following fees are for U.S. Passport Book for First-Time Applications
Adults (age 16 and over)
$130.00 payable to Department of State
$ 35.00 payable to Acceptance Facility $165.00 total for first-time applicants
Minors (under age 16)
$100.00 payable to Department of State
$ 35.00 payable to Acceptance Facility $135.00 total for first-time applicants
The following fees are for U.S. Passport Card for First-Time Applications
Adults (age 16 and over)
$30.00 payable to Department of State
$ 35.00 payable to Acceptance Facility $65.00 total for first-time applicants
Minors (under age 16)
$15.00 payable to Department of State
$ 35.00 payable to Acceptance Facility $50.00 total for first-time applicants
Other Available Service & Fees
Other Available Services & Fees
Passport Photo – $8.00 (payable to Douglas County). It is recommended not to wear white when having your photo taken.
File Search Fee – $150.00 (payable to U.S. Department of State)
Expedite Processing – $60.00 (payable to U.S. Department of State)