Special Saturday Hours for Passport Applicants
Need a passport, but no time to apply during the week? Then join the Santa Cruz County Clerk for Passport Day on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department, 701 Ocean St., Room 210, Santa Cruz. Saturday passport hours are offered only a couple times a year!
The County’s regular passport acceptance hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. The Saturday passport hours are particularly helpful for families who need passports. Both parents must appear with children under the age of 16 in order to apply for a passport. Parents must show photo identification, such as a driver’s license, as well as submit a copy of the front and back of each parent’s identification. Applicants who are 16 or 17, must appear with one parent who shows photo identification and provides a copy of the front and back. If the minor has photo identification, it must also be shown and a copy of each side submitted along with the application.
To apply for a passport, you must submit the following along with a completed application:
- Photo identification, such as a driver’s license;
- A copy of the front and back of the photo identification on 8 ½ x 11 inch plain white paper;
- A certified copy of evidence of citizenship, such as your birth certificate; and
- One recent color passport photo, size 2 x 2 inches.
U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
Passport books cost $80 for citizens under the age of 16 and $110 for citizens age 16 and over. The Passport card is $30 for persons age 16 and older or $15 for persons under age 15. Each applicant must also pay a processing fee of $25 per passport. The U.S. Department of State only accepts checks or money orders for passport applications submitted by mail. The $25 processing fee must be paid in cash or check.
The Santa Cruz County Clerk is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2012, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.
More information on travel requirements and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at www.travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or calling the Santa Cruz County Clerk’s Office at 831-454-2060.