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How to Obtain a Passport
Obtain a passport application from your local Circuit Clerk's Office.
Type or print answers to items 1 through 20.
The completed application is taken to the Circuit Clerk's Office. This office is typically located in your local town hall. Large post offices, such as the one in Mt. Vernon, may also offer this service.
Do not sign in box 21 until you are asked to do so at the Circuit Clerk's Office.
Bring two passport photos with you. These photos must be taken professionally. K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Sears and J.C. Penney all offer this service, as do most travel agents and photo studios.
Bring either your original birth certificate or a certified copy of your birth certificate. This item will be mailed to the federal passport office, but returned with your passport.
You will need two checks, money orders etc. One goes with the passport application ($55, written to the Department of State). The other one goes to the office that takes your passport application ($30 written to that office). Your passport will be valid for ten years. Although some people receive their passports in just a few weeks, it can routinely take as long as 10 weeks to receive this document (the RLC record is 15 weeks!). Do not put this step off. You cannot go without a passport.