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Applying for a Passport

Learn how to apply for a U.S. passport book or passport card on campus.

Saturdays are family days at Passports! Why? Because traffic is light, parking is free, and we have fun activities on-hand for kids.

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Hours and Location

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Passport Acceptance Office is at Mail Services in the Campus Services Complex, Building A (map). 

No appointment necessary. Walk-in only.

We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to closing time to have enough time to process your application. We appreciate your flexibility as we cannot guarantee acceptance of all walk-in applicants if we have a high volume of customers and mailing deadlines to meet. We may have to unexpectedly lock our doors sooner than 3 p.m. on any given weekday and 2 p.m on a given Saturday. 

Application guidelines and materials

Each applicant (including minors) must appear in person with the following materials:

  • A completed application: Available online (PDF) or at Mail Services
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship: Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization or a previous passport. 
    • For minors, Original or Certified copy of the Birth Certificate is required even if the minor had a previous passport, along with the previous passport.
  • Proof of Identity: Valid Driver License, State issued ID, Official U.S. military ID card or Government employee ID card
    • If the Driver License or State issued ID is issued outside of California or was issued within the last six months, another form of identification with photo is required. (e.g. Costco card, expired ID, school or work ID, etc.)
  • One 2" X 2" passport photo, available at Passport Acceptance Office: $10 (set of 2), $5.00 each additional set
  • Two forms of payment for each of the required fees:
    • Application fee, $15 - $140: Make your check(s) payable to the U.S. Department of State. Each application must have a separate check or money order.
    • Execution fee, $35: Make your check(s) payable to UC Regents. Can be combined onto one check for all applicants, or paid cash.

Adults 16 and 17 needs one parent, and both the applicant and the parent must bring IDs.

Children 15 and younger should have both parents present. If a parent can't be present then parental consent is required.

Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks and is subject to change depending on the volume of applicants. Expedited processing takes 2-3 weeks. Expedited services have a $60.00 fee per application. The fee for this service is payable to the U.S. Department of State in addition to application fees.

More information about applying for US passport book or card is available at the Department of State passport website.

Note: This page has a friendly link that's easy to remember: https://blink.ucsd.edu/go/passport