Special Information Regarding Passport Processing
- Passports are processed through the City Clerk's office on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 8101 Ralston Road.
- The City Clerk's Office accepts applications Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please note: Passport applications will not be processed after 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoons tend to have longer wait times due to a heavier volume of applicants.
- There will be two separate payments. The first payment is sent with your application. It is payable to the U.S. Department of State and MUST BE PAID WITH CHECK OR MONEY ORDER. The second payment is to the City of Arvada and may be paid with cash, check, money order, Master Card or Visa.
Contact us at 720-898-7550 with questions or for more information.
General Passport Information
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. Passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify U.S. Passports.
The Arvada City Clerk's Office is an official Acceptance Facility for passport applications.That means we process passport applications, review the required documentation and identification, and forward applications to the federal passport services office for issuance.
There are two types of passports – a U.S. Passport Book and a U.S. Passport Card. You may apply for both, if your situation requires it. The Passport Book is the traditional 5” by 3 ½” book used for international travel by air, sea or land. The Passport Card is a wallet-sized card for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean only – the Passport Card is NOT for travel by air. Usually the Passport Card is issued for persons living in border towns who drive across the borders frequently for their jobs or recreation.
To assure that you can complete the process at the time of your visit, please review the detailed requirements listed in the Resource box to the right in "Applying for a Passport for the First Time." Your particular circumstances will determine which forms you need to complete and what types of supporting documentation you will need to bring with you.
Everyone applying for a passport MUST appear in person, including infants and children.
The majority of people applying for their first passport will need to provide:
- Application for a U.S. Passport (Form DS-11) – This form is available through the “Application Wizard” link in the Resource box to the right. All forms are also available at the City Clerk’s Office. Using the Application Wizard, you can fill in your information on-line and print a completed form, or you can download a blank pre-printed form and fill in your information by hand.
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship – Usually a certified birth certificate or previously issued U.S. Passport. The birth certificate must include very specific data which is detailed in the "Applying for a Passport for the First Time" page link found in the Resource box to the right. A photocopy of a birth certificate is not acceptable proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Proof of Identity – A valid driver’s license (not temporary or learner’s permit), naturalization certificate, previous U.S. Passport, government issued I.D. w/photo and signature or military I.D. w/photo and signature. If your proof of identity is from a state other than Colorado, a second for of photo I.D. is required.
- One Passport Photo – The City Clerk’s Office can take your photo for a fee of $10 or you may bring your own photo. There are specific requirements for passport photos outlined in the "Passport Photo Requirements" page listed in the Resource box to the right.
- Fees and Form of Payment – There will be two separate payments. The first payment is sent with your application. It is payable to the U.S. Department of State and MUST be paid with a check or money order. The second payment is to the City of Arvada and may be paid with cash, check, money order, Master Card or Visa. The fee schedule is on the "Passport Fees" page listed in the Resource box on the right. We encourage you to bring your blank checks with you but wait to fill in the amounts until we have reviewed your particular situation.