Change in Services Due to COVID-19
In an effort to provide a safe environment for the public and our employees, passport services are available by appointment. Walk-in customers may be accommodated on a limited basis. We will do out best to serve you depending on capacity and appointment cancellations. Please review travel advisories and information about the U.S. Department of State's current limited passport operations before scheduling an appointment.
Passport services are currently available at the Cottage Grove Service Center, Forest Lake Service Center, Stillwater License Center. We have temporarily suspended passport services at the Woodbury Service Center.
COVID-19 Update: Know Before You Apply For A U.S. Passport
If you are thinking about applying for or renewing a U.S passport now for international travel, read the Department of State's current international travel advisory. Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the extremely limited U.S. passport operations.
If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates).
Learn more on the COVID-19 Update page and Frequently Asked Questions page.
Passport Renewals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to renew your passport.
A passport is a document, issued by the federal government, which certifies the identity and nationality of the passport holder. A passport has two forms:
- Passport Book - can be used for all air, land and sea travel.
- Passport Card - can be used to travel to a return from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossing or sea ports-of-entry. The Passport Card can also be used to board aircraft for domestic travel, but cannot be used for international air travel.
How to Obtain:
- Complete the application for a U.S. passport (DS-11); a Social Security number is required for this form (including minors)
- Submit proof of U.S. citizenship (one of the following)
- Certified birth certificate (within the U.S. issued by a city, county or state of birth
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
- Naturalization Certificate
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Present current primary identification
- Valid Minnesota Driver's License
- Voided Minnesota Driver's License with stamped renewal papers
- Naturalization Certificates
- Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
- Current Military ID (military and dependents), State Identification Card or Out-of-state Driver's License (with valid secondary identification)
- Photo services are available at our service centers for an additional $15, or provide a passport photo that meets quality requirements.
- If application is for a child younger than age 16, see How do I get a passport for my child under 16?
Pay for a Passport Application
- Determine the appropriate federal fees on the travel.state.gov website (a separate check or money order per application payable to "U.S. Department of State" is required for the federal portion of the fees).
- Acceptance Facility Execution Fee, photo fees and other related fees must be made by separate check payable to "Washington County" or cash.
Passport photos are available at our service centers for an additional fee of $15 (cash or check). One 2-inch by 2-inch photograph, meeting a variety of specific requirements, is required to obtain a passport.
Renew a Passport
The U.S Department of State Passport Services requires you to renew your passport by mail if it meets eligibility requirements. If your passport is eligible for renewal by mail, you cannot renew at county service centers. If your passport is not eligible for renewal by mail, follow the steps above. Your current passport can be used as proof of U.S citizenship as long as it is not damaged, altered or mutilated.