County Clerk

How to Apply for a Passport

A person may apply for a passport at the local County Clerk’s office.
Applications are available. Please bring the necessary documents with you (use your scrollbar to see below, or click on a topic at right).

Average Requirements for a U.S. Passport

Adults (Persons 16 years of age and older) 10 year passport

  • Birth Certificate with a raised seal or naturalization papers or old passport (a new passport will be needed if your previous passport is 15 years past the issue date or you were under 16 years old when it was issued)
  • One colored picture (2 inches by 2 inches) with a white or off white background.
  • Valid driver’s license (not expired and cannot be temporary or learners permit)

Check, cash or money order for $135.00 plus $10.00 for photo if needed. Credit/Debit card not accepted.

Children (Persons 15 years of age and under) 5 year passport

Please see the new rules for applying for children’s passports. In most circumstances, both parents must appear and sign the application form in front of agent for each child,15 years old or younger.

For more information, please click on this link: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html

  • Birth Certificate with a raised seal or naturalization papers.
  • Birth certificate must state both parents names.
  • One colored picture (2 inches by 2 inches) with a white or off white background.
  • Valid driver’s license of both parents or guardians accompanying the child.

Check, cash or money order for $105.00 plus $10.00 for photo if needed. Credit/Debit card not accepted.

U.S. Birth Certificate Instruction

A birth certificate is primary evidence of United States citizenship for an applicant born in the United States. To be acceptable, a birth certificate must show the following:

  • Name of the child (including given name)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • File date (should be within one year of the date of birth- if not within one year additional evidence needed.)
  • Authorized seal of the registrar’s office (seal may be raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored)
  • Full name of applicants parents.

Birth certificates presented must contain the characteristics listed above.

Secondary Evidence of Citizenship

  • Hospital Certificates
  • Baptismal Certificates
  • Notification of Birth
  • U.S. Census Records
  • Medical Records
  • Elementary school transcripts
  • Insurance Records
  • Family Bible Records

If circumstances are beyond these basic requirements call our office at 585-268-9270 or visit the US Department of State Passport Services and Information web page

Helpful Links

For more information on passports, please visit the US Department of State http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html web page.

Should you pay extra to expedite processing of your passport from the US Dept of State? http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html

For information about passport applications already submitted, you may click on the link here for the National Passport Information Center (“NPIC”).