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Understanding when to get a passport depends on two major factors: the date of your planned trip and the time of the year.
In general, you'd want to avoid peak holiday times that could cause passport applications to surge. Think of all the major travel times to get an idea:
There's a good chance you might apply during these times and run into no issues regarding waiting time for your passport. It really depends on the influx of applications and the staff working to process them.
But do you really want to take any chances? Probably not. So, if you're trying to decide when to get a passport, do it before you even plan a trip - preferably, several months out.
Apply for a passport when you don't need it and you'll be glad you have it ready to go.
Please complete this questionnaire on the U.S. Department of State's website to determine which form you need.
To receive a new passport or replace a lost or damaged passport, you must come in person to our office and bring the following:
Completed DS-11 Passport Application Form (PDF), single-sided with black ink
Applications must be filled out in black ink. If a pencil or another color is used, you will be required to fill out a new application.
No. If you are renewing your passport with Form DS-82 (PDF), we will not take your application. However, Schedule Your Appointment and we can assist you with a new photo for your passport renewal. Printed, digital or a combination passport photo available at our location!
You must mail in your renewal application (Form DS-82) yourself. We recommend you ask USPS to send your Form DS-82 and supporting documents using a trackable delivery method. Do not use UPS, FedEx, or DHL since the address you need to send your Form DS-82 and supporting documents to is a Post Office (PO) Box.
Visit the U.S. Department of State online to complete the paperwork and confirm what documents should be mailed in together.
Still not sure if you can renew your passport? John's story summarizes the requirements on how to renew your passport.
Renew your passport approximately 9 to 12 months before it expires. Certain countries require passports to remain valid for up to 6 months after your last day of travel in order to allow entry. Also, some airlines will not allow you to book a flight or board if you don't meet this requirement.
Every situation is different however you'll need to complete either form DS-82 or form DS-5504, then submit your certified court order, marriage certificate, or divorce decree, submit a new photo, and possibly repay the fees for the passport and/or card you would like in the new name. More information is available at the U.S. Department of State website.
Both the passport book and card are good for 10 years from the time they are issued for adults. A minor's passport book and card is only good for 5 years.
Yes! For the purpose of getting on a domestic flight within the United States, you will be able to board the flight with your passport book or card instead of getting Minnesota's REAL ID or Enhanced ID.
View the Comparison Chart (PDF).
Minnesota has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Minnesota at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and federally regulated commercial aircraft until May 3, 2023.
The new passport is a modernized U.S. passport book which we started issuing in 2021. While our previous electronic passports (ePassports) are secure, the Next Generation Passport book (NGP) uses new technologies to produce a more robust passport with enhanced security features, such as a polycarbonate data page, laser-engraved personalization, and updated artwork.
We are only issuing the NGP for passport books. We will soon upgrade and modernize our other document, the passport card.
Please Note: It is possible that for a family of applicants applying at the same time, some may receive an NGP book and some may not. We will not replace one for the other: all of the passports being printed are valid for travel. Eventually, the previous version of the passport book will be phased out.
To learn more view the Next Generation Passport website.
It is very common that a visa will outlive a passport, as some countries offer visas that are good for as long as 10 years. In these cases, you should have no difficulty traveling with a new passport and the expired passport with a valid visa.
Yes, we take passport photos here! You can choose two identical passport photos or a digital photo emailed to you for $15 each. You can also choose both the printed photo and the digital photo combo for $25.
You must provide one photo with your passport application. For detailed information visit the U.S. Department of State's website.
Yes, you can bring your own passport photo, however, be mindful that unless it is taken at a passport agency it may not meet U.S. Department of State requirements.
U.S. Department of State Fee
City of New Brighton Fee
Subject to postal rates
Overnight Delivery Return (books only)
U.S. State Department and City of New Brighton fees must be paid separately.
**All returned checks payable to the City of New Brighton are subject to a $30.00 charge
Current routine service times set by the U.S. Department of State can take 10 to 13 weeks. Expedite service is $60 more and can take 7 to 9 weeks.
Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status. It is currently taking up to 4 weeks for applications to be trackable online. Additionally, you may call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 888-874-7793.
*Please note once the application is sent to the state we are prohibited from inquiring on it for you.
Expedite processing is available in-office for an additional $60 and can take 3 to 5 weeks from the date of application. You may also pay additionally to overnight your application to the State and pay to overnight your new passport back you in order to cut back on mail time.
For emergencies that require your passport to be rushed sooner than 2 to 3 weeks contact the Minneapolis Passport Agency. To apply at the agency, you must schedule an appointment by calling toll-free at 877-487-2778, 24 hours a day. When you make the appointment you must let them know you are planning on applying at the Minneapolis Passport Agency. For additional information visit the U.S. Department of State Website.
Check Online! Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status. It is may take 4 to 6 weeks for applications to be trackable online. Additionally, you may call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 888-874-7793. Please note once the application is sent to the state we are prohibited from inquiring on it.
All passport applications must be completed with black ink only.
Yes! Notary services are an additional $5 each time the notary signs a document.
Yes, regardless of age every applicant is required to appear in person in order to apply for a passport. Please visit the US Department of State website for more information.
For passport questions or concerns please visit the Travel State website or contact the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 888-874-7793.
Yes, we accept all passport applicants regardless of city, county, or state as long as you qualify to apply in person. Form DS-82 (PDF) passport applicants who qualify via mail should follow the directions on pages 1-2 of Form DS-82 to do so.