Passport Information

 

Passports are required for all international travel. If you plan to travel or study abroad in the future, apply for your passport nowApply at least six months before planned travel.

Due to limited availability for urgent travel appointments, there is no guarantee you can receive in-person service at a passport agency or center.

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Passport Book or Card?

Most students will need to obtain a Passport Book, rather than the Card. The Passport Card is the wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

Routine Service

Processing Time8 to 11 weeks. Processing times begin the day they receive your application at a passport agency or center, not the day you mail your application or apply.

  • New Passport Fee with Standard Delivery: $165
  • New Passport Fee with 1-2 Day Delivery: $182.56
  • Renewal Passport Fee with Standard Delivery: $135
  • Renewal Passport Fee with 1-2 Day Delivery: $152.56

Local Acceptance Sites for Routine Service

  • WWU Testing Center
  • Bellingham Post Office, 315 Prospect Street. Passports are accepted between 10am - 2pm, Tuesday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. You must call (360) 752-9822 for an appointment.

Passport Photos

You need to submit a passport photo with your application. Options in Bellingham to obtain a passport photo:

Copy Source, 1122 N. State St., 360-738-1280

Walgreens, 125 S. Samish Way, 360-392-2936

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See the World passport cover

Expedite Service

Processing Time: 5 to 7 weeks. Processing times begin the day they receive your application at a passport agency or center, not the day you mail your application or apply.

  • Expedited New Passport Fee with Standard Delivery: $225
  • Expedited New Passport Fee with 1-2 Day Delivery: $242.56
  • Expedited Renewal Passport Fee with Standard Delivery: $195
  • Expedited Renewal Passport Fee with 1-2 Day Delivery: $212.56

Local Acceptance Site for Expedited Service

Do you need to rush your passport? Learn more about the service you should select based on when and why you are traveling internationally. 

Seattle Passport Agency, Fifth and Yesler Building, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. Passports are accepted between 8am - 3pm Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Automated Appointment Number: 1-877-487-2778 (recorded information available 24 hours/7 days).

Selecting your Gender Marker

You can now select the binary gender option (M or F) you would like printed on your U.S. passport, even if the gender you select does not match the gender on your supporting documentation such as a birth certificate, previous passport, or state ID. They no longer require medical documentation to change the gender marker on your U.S. passport.

To request a new passport with a different gender than the one you have on your current passport, or if you are applying for your first passport, submit a new application and select your preferred gender marker. Follow the steps on this page to learn which form to submit. Currently, the only gender markers available are M or F. They are working to add an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons as soon as possible. 

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US Passport on a world map next to a camera, compass, and notebook.