Obtaining a Passport in Utah
First-time U.S. passport applicants who live in Utah should apply in person at an official Acceptance Facility. Utah does not have a Regional Passport Agency (the nearest is in Colorado), but there are several dozen Acceptance Facilities, most of which are located in post offices or county clerk offices. To apply you must be a U.S. citizen and supply your Social Security number.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Application form
2 passport photos
- Application form
- Birth certificate
- Current ID
- 2 passport photos
Download and complete form DS-11 from the State Department website at travel.state.gov. You may enter the information online and then print the completed form (one-sided pages only), or you may print a blank form and complete it by hand using black ink. Do not sign the form until you are told to do so at the Acceptance Facility.
Find the Passport Acceptance Facility nearest to you. Use the search page at iafdb.travel.state.gov to view a complete listing of facilities.
Present evidence of citizenship. You must show a certified birth certificate (with an embossed or impressed seal and signature of registrar), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship. Documents will be returned to you either with your new passport or separately by mail. If you do not have one of the above documents, you may provide secondary evidence of citizenship through a combination of early public records. Visit the U.S. State Department website for requirements.
Provide identification. You must bring a valid driver's license, current government or military ID or a naturalization certificate. If you do not have primary identification, please refer to the State Department website for alternatives.
Pay the appropriate fees. Fees for obtaining a passport in person, as of 2009, are $100 for those 16 and older ($75 application fee, $25 execution fee), and $85 for those under 16 ($60 application fee, $25 execution fee). The application fee must be payable to the Department of State; the execution fee is paid to the Acceptance Facility. You may pay application fees with a personal check, money order, or bank draft. Some locations also accept cash in the exact amount. Execution fees are payable by money order or bank draft. Some locations also accept personal checks or cash in the exact amount. U.S. Postal Facilities also accept credit cards. Applicants may choose to pay a $60 expedited processing fee to receive the passport more quickly.
Submit two identical color photographs taken within the last six months. Photos must be 2-inches by 2-inches, with a white or off-white background. They must show a front view of the face that's between 1 inch and 1-3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. In the photos you should be wearing normal street attire; hats or dark glasses are not allowed.
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