Apply for a Passport

 

The information below is provided as a courtesy to help cover as many scenarios that passport applicants may encounter. Passport requirements are subject to change without timely notice. Should you still have any question regarding passport applications after reading the information provided, please feel free to contact us at (714) 834-2500.

Apply for a Passport in Person

Applicants must appear in person to request a new passport card.

  1. Fill out the passport application (Form DS-11).
  2. Submit Proof of U.S. citizenship with one of the following:
    • Previously issued U.S. passport, if issued less than 15 years ago.
    • Certified copy of a birth certificate (see specific requirements for a birth certificate).
    • Naturalization Certificate
    • Certificate of Citizenship. (NOTE: California birth abstracts, hospital certificates and baptismal certificates are not acceptable. Click here for a state-by-state listing of where to obtain a certified birth certificate. If you were born in Orange County, click here for information on ordering a certified copy).
    • Social Security Number is Required.
  3. Submit a passport photograph. Two photographs need to be submitted if applying for both a passport and passport card at the same time. Applicants may purchase photos from the Clerk-Recorder Department for $10.00.  Applicants may provide their own photos. 
  4. Show identification with one of the following:
    • Driver's license
    • Military I.D.
    • Department of Motor Vehicles I.D.
    • Employment badge (if it has a photograph, signature, issue and expiration date).
    • A parent with one of these forms of identification may identify a child younger than 16
  5. Submit plain copies on 8½ x 11 white paper of both the front and back of the identification you present.
Note: If the primary identification is from out of state, such as a driver's license, a secondary identification is required. Please include copies of both the front and back of the identification. For more information on secondary identifications, please visit travel.state.gov.)

New Passport Applications For a Person Between the Ages of 16 and 17

Applicants between the ages of 16 and 17 must appear in person to request a NEW passport. A parent/guardian may need to provide consent for their child to receive a passport. If the applicant does not have identification, a parent/guardian may present their identification on behalf of their child.

  1. Fill out the passport application (Form DS-11).
  2. Submit proof of U.S. citizenship with one of the following:
  3. Submit a passport photograph. Applicants may purchase passport photos from the Clerk-Recorder Department for $10.00. Applicants may provide their own photos.

New Passport Applications For Minor Applicants (Under Age 16)

Applicants under age 16 must appear in person and must be accompanied by the parent/guardian.

  1. Fill out the passport application (Form DS-11)
  2. Attach proof of U.S. Citizenship to your application with one of the following:
    • U.S. Birth Certificate
    • Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240)
    • Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350)
    • Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  3. Present Evidence of Child’s Relationship to Parents/Guardians with:
    • Certified Foreign Birth Certificate (with parents’ names and translation, if necessary)
    • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (with parents’ names)
    • Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) (with parent’s names)
    • Certification of Birth Abroad (Form DS-1350) (with parent’s names)
    • Adoption Decree (with adopting parents’ names)
    • Court Order establishing custody/guardianship
  4. Show Parental Identification
  5. Present Parental Permission Documentation
    • Both parents must appear together and sign
    • One parent appears, signs, and submits second parent's notarized statement of consent
    • One parent appears, signs, and submits evidence of sole authority to apply on behalf of the child
  6. Submit a passport photograph. Applicants may purchase passport photos from the Clerk-Recorder Department for $10.00. Applicants may provide their own photos.
  7. Pay passport fees (See Passport Fees).