Passports

Passport Application
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing to assure ample time to complete the paperwork process.

The U.S. Passport is an internationally recognized travel document that identifies the bearer as a U.S. citizen or national.

On January 23, 2007, a U.S. passport is required by U.S. citizens traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

As of June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the following travel documents: U.S. Passport Book, U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License or Trusted Traveler Program Cards. Enhanced Driver's License and Trusted Traveler Program Cards information can be viewed at the Department of Homeland Security website.

Applications for the U.S. Passport Book and the U.S. Passport Card are accepted in our office when accompanied by acceptable documentation.
  • You will need to fill out an application. You can print the application U.S. Department of State's website and fill it out prior to coming to the Auditor-Treasurer's Office.
  • One passport picture is required. We can take your photo and print them for you in the License Bureau for $10.
  • A certified birth certificate issued from your county or state of birth is required. If you were born later than 1935 in Minnesota, you will be able to purchase a certified birth certificate from any county in Minnesota.
  • You must know your Social Security number for the form.
  • You will need a current picture ID such as a driver’s license for identification purposes.
Applicants Under Age of 16
As of February 1, 2008, all applicants under the age of 16 must appear in person when applying for a passport.

All children under the age of 16 must have both parents or child's legal guardian appear in person and must:
  • Present evidence of child's U.S. citizenship and
  • Present evidence that they are the parents or guardian and
  • Show valid personal identification and
  • Sign and take oath before an authorized passport acceptance agent
If the second parent is not available to sign, the appearing parent must:
  • Do the above and present evidence of:
    • Sole legal custody of the child or
    • Notarized written consent of the other parent for the issuance of the passport on form DS-3053 Statement of Consent or form DS-5525 Special Circumstances. This form is available in our office or on the US Passport Agency's website (see below). A photocopy of the non-appearing parent's driver's license (front and back) must also accompany form DS-3053 and DS-5525.
Parents who are applying for a passport for their child who is 15 years old and younger MUST have the same surname on their drivers license or state ID card as the child. If it is not the same, then the parent must bring in a certified copy of the document showing the name change.

Passports are taking 4-6 weeks: expedited service (Processing Times Website) is taking 2-3 weeks.

Visit the U.S. Passport Agency website.

New Passport Card
Customers will now have the option to apply for a passport book, a passport card, or both. The passport card will provide a less expensive, smaller, and more convenient alternative for those who travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

The Department of State is issuing this passport card in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive alternative to the traditional passport book.

The passport card is not for travel by air. Valid for land and sea crossing only. For additional passport information see the U.S. Passport Agency website.

Fees - Effective July 13, 2010
  • 16 years or older: One check written to Wright County Auditor / Treasurer in the amount of $25 and $10 payable at the License Bureau for a photo if you don't already have one and one check for $110 to the U.S. Department of State or cash totaling $145
  • 15 years or younger: One check written to Wright County Auditor / Treasurer in the amount of $25 and $10 payable at the License Bureau for a photo if you don't already have one and one check for $80 to the U.S. Department of State or cash totaling $105 ($115 with photo taken)
Expedited Passport - Effective January 27, 2013
Expedited passports are received within two (2) weeks.
  • 16 years or older: One check written to Wright County Auditor / Treasurer in the amount of $25 and $10 payable at the License Bureau for a photo if you don't already have one and one check written to the U.S. Department of State for $184.85 or cash totaling $209.85 ($219.85 with photo taken)
  • 15 years or younger: One check written to Wright County Auditor / Treasurer in the amount of $25 and $10 payable at the License Bureau for a photo if you don't already have one and one check written to the U.S. Department of State for $154.85 or cash totaling $179.85 ($189.85 with photo taken)