Passport Day Event

Passport Event

Take advantage of extended passport office hours and
apply for your passport on Saturday, January 28, 2023


 

Passport Event

Many citizens apply for their passports at the Pinellas County Clerk’s office throughout the year. However, finding the time to make it into the office during regular business hours may be difficult. The Saturday passport day event offers to help families juggling hectic work and school schedules. This is a great opportunity, especially for those planning Spring Break travels, as now is the time to prepare those passports.

WHAT: Passport Event - Extended office hours exclusively for processing passport applications.

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: 

WHO: First-time passport applicants, citizens with expired passports (over 15 years from the issue date), and minors needing to renew their passports are encouraged to take advantage of this event.

Passport photos will also be available to the public for $15.00. As of November, U.S. military veterans and active-duty personnel can get their passport photos free of charge by visiting the Pinellas Clerk’s office locations listed above and presenting their CAC card (active duty), Military 10 card (veterans) or a veteran designation on their driver license.

The passport event will focus exclusively on processing passport applications and work on a first-come, first-served basis with regular passport fees. All passport applicants must appear in person regardless of age, bring identifying documents such as government-issued identification and birth certificates, as well as two separate forms of payment for the Clerk’s processing fee for each passport (check, cash, money order or credit card) and the Department of State passport application fee (check or money order only). 

Passport applications can be completed in advance by visiting travel.state.gov. For more information on what is required, review the Passport Application Checklists below:

English

Spanish

For questions, please call (727) 464-7000 or email recording@mypinellasclerk.org

Passport Information

The Clerk of the Circuit Court acts as an Official Passport Application Acceptance Agent for the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Clerk’s Recording Services offers Passport Application & Passport Photo services at any of the office locations listed below:

  • Downtown Clearwater Courthouse - Recording Services Department, 315 Court St., Room 150, Clearwater, FL 33756
  • Downtown St. Petersburg Judicial Building - St. Petersburg Branch, 545 1st Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • North County Branch - 29582 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater, FL 33761

Passport Information

The Clerk’s office does not schedule appointments for Passport Applications. Expect longer wait times in the afternoon, towards the end of the day.

Clerk’s Recording Services provides a Passport Photo service at each location capable of accepting Passport Applications. The fee is $15.00 per person. As of November, U.S. military veterans and active-duty personnel can get their passport photos free of charge by visiting any of the Clerk’s office locations listed above and presenting their CAC card (active duty), Military 10 card (veterans) or a veteran designation on their driver license.

The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs sets & regulates policies for U.S. Passport Applications, Renewals & Fees. Visit Travel.State.Gov for further details or any additional information you may be seeking that is not found on this page

U.S. Passport Books are valid for International Travel by Air, Sea or Land.

U.S. Passport Cards are only valid for Travel by Land and Sea between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Not Valid for Air Travel.

Passport Applications are required to be filled out in Black Ink.

Do not sign the DS-11 Application Form until you are instructed to do so in person.

Passport Application Checklists

English

Spanish

Passport Requirements

1. Proof of U.S. Citizenship

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the City, County or State
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

For further information on documents the U.S. Department of State will accept, please visit their Citizenship Evidence page on Travel.State.Gov.

Please Note: The documents you provide as Citizenship Evidence to obtain your Passport will be mailed to the U.S. Department of State with your Passport Application. The documents will be mailed back to you in a separate mailing from the Passport. You may wish to make a copy to keep with you until your original documents are returned.

2. Proof of Identity

  • Previous U.S. Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Current, Valid:
    • Driver's License
    • Government I.D.: City, State or Federal
    • Military I.D.: Military & Dependents

Please Note: A Social Security card, Voter Registration Card or Military Discharge papers are not acceptable proof of your Identity.

3. Passport Photo

  • Color photo, with a plain white or off-white background
  • Sized Correctly: 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
    • Head between 1 – 1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm): bottom of chin to top of head
  • Full face view. Neutral expression with both eyes open.
  • Taken within past 6 months, in clothing normally worn on daily basis
  • You cannot wear Glasses, Hats or Head Coverings, Headphones or wireless hands-free devices
    • Medical: Glasses, Hats & Head Coverings: If you cannot remove your glasses, hat or head covering for medical reasons, please submit a signed statement from your doctor with your application
    • Religious: Hats & Head Coverings: If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, please submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously in public.
    • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadow on your face

For further information on Passport Photos the U.S. Department of State will accept, please visit their Passport Photos page on Travel.State.Gov.

Clerk’s Recording Services provides a Passport Photo service at each location accepting Passport Applications. The fee is $15.00 per person.

4. Social Security Number

A Social Security Number is required for all Passport Applications, regardless of the age of the applicant.

5. Completed Passport Application Forms (unsigned DS-11

Form Used For
Must Appear in Person
Clerk's Office
*Do not sign DS-11 until instructed to do so when bringing it in.
DS-11
Application
Mail In
National Passport Processing Center (Listed on form)
DS-82
Renewal
Mail In
National Passport Processing Center (Listed on form)
DS-5504
  • Passport Application and Renewal Forms can be obtained for free from the Clerk’s office or download them directly from Travel.State.Gov’s Passport Forms page.
  • Not sure which form to use?
    Use Travel.State.Gov’s Passport Wizard to answer a few questions that will direct you to the proper form.


6. Payment

U.S. Passport Fees are set and regulated by the U.S. Department of State.
To view up to date Fees, please visit Travel.State.Gov’s Passport Fee page.

  • Fees are categorized by age range and service
  • There is also a helpful Fee Chart and Fee Calculator available

Two separate payments are required for Passport Applications processing

1. Application Fees: Required to be either a Check or Money Order made payable to the U.S. Department of State

2. Execution (Acceptance) Fee: A separate payment, Cash, Card, Check, etc. made payable to the Clerk of Court

3. Optional Fees

  • Expedite Fee – Provides faster processing than routine service
    • Available for Passport Books and Passport Cards
  • 1-2 Day Delivery – Provides 1 – 2 delivery of Passport Books only
    • Not available for Passport cards

Passports for Minors

Children under 16

For detailed information regarding Passport Application & Renewal Requirements for minors who are 15 or younger, please view Travel.State.Gov’s Children Under 16 page.
Requirements for Minors under 16

  • All parties must appear in person: The Minor, & Both Parents / Legal Guardians / or Parent with Sole Legal Authority must be present to apply for the passport.
    • Sole Legal Authority, & One Parent Unable to Appear require additional documentation to be submitted with the child’s Passport Application
    • See section 7. Show Parental Consent via the Children Under 16 link above
  • Original or Certified copy of the minor applicant’s Citizenship Evidence
  • A photocopy of U.S. Citizenship evidence (front & back)
  • Proof of Parental Relationship
    • Document that lists the Parents/Guardian of the Minor
  • Parents/Guardians must each present their ID and a front & back photocopy of their ID
  • Passport Photo
  • Completed Application (unsigned until instructed to do so)
  • Payment

Children 16 & 17

For detailed information regarding Passport Applications & Renewal Requirements for minors who are 16 or 17 years old, please view Travel.State.Gov’s Applicants Age 16 and 17 page.
Requirements for Minors who are 16 or 17

  • The minor must appear and show Parental Awareness
    • A Parent appearing with the Minor
    • A Signed Statement consenting to the issuance of a passport from at least one parent (should accompany a photocopy of parent’s ID)
  • Original or Certified copy of the Minor applicant’s Citizenship Evidence
  • A photocopy of U.S. Citizenship evidence (front & back)
  • The Minor or Minor’s Parents/Guardians must present their ID and a front & back photocopy of their ID
  • Passport Photo
  • Completed Application (unsigned until instructed to do so)
  • Payment

Passport Renewals

The Clerk's Office Can only process Passport Renewals if:

  • Your previous U.S. Passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. Passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. Passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change

Form DS-11 is used for each of the situations above

Renew your Passport by Mail if:

  • Your U.S. Passport can be submitted with your Renewal Application
  • Your U.S. Passport is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
  • Your U.S. Passport was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Your U.S. Passport was issued within the last 15 years
  • Your U.S. Passport was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change

Renew by mail with Form DS-82 for each of the above scenarios

For further information on Passport Renewal, please visit the Renew my Passport by Mail page on Travel.State.Gov.

Pending Passports

After the Clerk accepts your Passport Application, the documents are submitted to a Regional Passport Agency to process.

Track the Status of your Passport

Online with Travel.State.Gov’s Online Passport Status System.

Or call the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY). NPIC customer service representatives are available
Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM EST; & Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM EST.

Lost or Stolen Passports

You must report a Lost or Stolen Passport immediately. Form DS-64, “Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport,” can be submitted Online or by Mail.

For further information or to submit DS-64 Online, please visit the Lost or Stolen Passports page on Travel.State.Gov.
After a Passport has been Lost or Stolen, to obtain a new Passport, you must appear in person with a new Application, Form DS-11, rather than a Renewal form.

Office Locations & Hours

Accepting Passport Applications

Recording Services Department
315 Court Street, Room 150 
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

St. Petersburg Branch
545 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

North County Branch
29582 U.S. 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 464-7000
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.