How to Write a Check for a Passport

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Pay for your passport fees with a personal check.
Pay for your passport fees with a personal check. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

With increased security measures, U.S. citizens are required to have a passport to travel anywhere outside of the country. Applying for a new passport, renewing your old one or updating your recent name change, is a simple task that follows a few specific steps. Citizens can pay for the application fees and other service fees with a check and expect their new passport to arrive in a few short weeks.

Decide which type of check to submit as payment for your passport processing and application fees. Choose from a personal, certified, cashier's or traveler's check.

Write the check as payable to the “Department of State.”

Write the remainder of the check out for the correct fee amount, according to the Department of State's Web site.

Submit the application fee and any service fees to the Passport Agency, Acceptance Facility, by mail or in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Write a separate check for the passport execution fee, payable to the “Department of State.” Submit this payment at the Passport Acceptance Facility.

Tips & Warnings

  • Incorrect payment amounts can delay your passport processing time.
  • Fees paid to the Department of State are non-refundable.

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