How do I Obtain a Passport in California?

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Get your passport at a California passport office.
Get your passport at a California passport office. (Image: us passport image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

California has many passport office locations all over the state where citizens can obtain this universal travel document. For all your future overseas journeys, a passport is your essential document for identification.

Offices by County

Check the U.S. Passport Service Guide to find the passport office in your county where you'll need to go to apply for the passport. Obtain the application, DS-11, at the local passport office or from the State Department's website, located in the resources section.

What To Bring To Passport Office

Present an personal ID, like a California driver's license or government or military ID, when applying at the passport office. In addition, bring proof of citizenship: a prior passport, certified birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad or naturalization certificate are all acceptable. Also, bring a photocopy of your identification.

Fees

Pay the application fee and the execution fee. Current fees are listed on the State Department's website. Payment can be made by credit card or by a check, money order or bank draft made out to the "Department of State."

Photos

Provide two passport photos when applying at the passport agency. They must meet the requirements listed on the State Department's passport application page. Download a full requirement list at the State Department website.

Emergency Passport Applications

If you need a passport for travel within 2 weeks, or to obtain a visa within 4 weeks, you can contact one of California's two Regional Passport Agencies. One is located in Los Angeles and the other in San Francisco.

Los Angeles: Federal Building 11000 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1000 Los Angeles, CA 90024-3615 877-487-2778

San Francisco: 95 Hawthorne Street 5th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105-3901 877-487-2778

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