How to get a Passport


In order to study abroad, you must ensure that you have a current passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the end date of your program. If you need help in applying for a passport, you may come by the Study Abroad Center, 6563 Memorial Union, any time during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday during the academic year; 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday during the summer). We can take your passport photo ($12 charged to your U-Bill), and we also can print an application form and guide you through the process.

What do I need?

1. Completed application form

  • Use form DS-11 if you’re applying for the first time, or if your previous passport was issued when you were younger than 16.
  • Use form DS-82 if you’re renewing and your previous passport was issued when you were older than 16.

2. Certified birth certificate OR naturalization papers

3. Photo ID

  • Drivers' license, or
  • Previous passport, or
  • Military ID

4. 2" x 2" color photograph

5. Fees

  • $110 application fee, paid via check or money order
  • $35 execution fee (if using form DS-11), paid via cash, credit, or money order

How do I apply?

Passport application forms can be found online at Complete the application fully and attach your 2” x 2” photo. Make sure you are applying for a passport book, not a passport card, which is not valid for international air travel.

Processing and mailing time can take 6 to 8 weeks, so be sure to apply well ahead of any international travel. If you’re in a pinch, expedited service (a 3-week processing time) is available for an extra $60 fee.


What if I'm renewing my passport?

If you are renewing using form DS-82, you will be able to apply via mail. Mail all supporting documents, plus your previous passport, to the National Passport Processing Center.

What if this is my first passport?

Applicants using form DS-11 will need to appear in person at a local passport acceptance facility. These are usually post offices or civic buildings; locations can be found online at Do not sign the application until instructed to do so by your agent.

Ames Post Office
525 Kellogg Ave, Ames IA 50011
Open 8:00am – 1:00pm, Mon. – Fri. 

  • By appointment only, call (515) 232-0120 to schedule. May take up to two weeks during busy periods.
  • Passport photos available

City of Huxley
515 North Main Ave, Huxley IA 50124
Open 8:00am – 4:30pm, Mon. – Fri.

  • Passport photos available

Story County Recorder
900 6th St, Nevada IA 50201
Open 8:00am – 4:00pm, Mon. – Fri.

  • If applying between 11:30am – 1:30pm, call (515) 382-7230 to ensure agent availability
  • Passport photos available

Will my college pay for my passport?

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
This scholarship is awarded to firsttime travelers. Fill out the Passport Award Application found on Bring this, plus your itemized receipt of payment, to 223 Catt Hall. Questions can be sent to

College of Human Sciences
The first 20 travelers in an academic year will receive reimbursement for their new or renewed passports. Bring the Passport Reimbursement Form found at with the photocopy of your new passport info page and itemized receipt to 131 MacKay Hall. Questions can be sent to

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
First-time travelers on a study abroad program can bring their new passport to 0018 Curtiss Hall to receive reimbursement.