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:
No. If you are renewing your passport with Form DS-82, we will not take your application. You can, however, set up an appointment to have your application reviewed and a new picture taken to go along with it before it is mailed.
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.
Renew your passport approximately nine months before it expires. Check the expiration date because certain countries require passports to remain valid for up to 6 months after travel. Also, some airlines do not allow you to board if you don't meet this requirement.
Every situation is different however you'll need to complete a DS:82, submit your certified court order, marriage certificate or divorce decree, submit a new photo, and 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 flight within the United States you will be able to board a flight with your passport book or card instead of a getting Minnesota's REAL ID or Enhanced ID.
Yes, we take passport photos! For an additional $15 you will received two U.S. Department of State approved photos.
You must provide one photo with your passport application. For detailed information visit the U.S. Department of State's website.
Resolution, Print Size, and Quality
Pose and Expression
* U.S. State Department and City of New Brighton fees must be paid separately.
Acceptance fee paid separately to the City of New Brighton:
Application fee and any additional service fees to the U.S. Department of State. A separate check is required for each application:
The best time to book an appointment is between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm. The best day of the week to book an appointment is Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Routine processing time for passports are taking 6-8 weeks.
Yes, for an additional $60 you can expedite your passport and receive it in 2-3 weeks.
For emergencies that require your passport be rushed sooner than 2-3 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 takes 7-10 business days for applications to be trackable online. Additionally, you may call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 1-888-874-7793.
All passport applications must be completed with black ink only.
Yes! Notary services are an additional $5 each.
Yes, regardless of age every applicant is required to appear in person in order to apply for a passport.