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Passports

The Bloomington City Clerk’s Office is an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility located at Bloomington Civic Plaza, first floor, City Clerk counter. 

Passport applications are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 8:20 a.m. – 3 p.m. Routine passport processing currently takes up to 6 WEEKS.

You need an appointment if:

  • You are a first time applicant.
  • You are under 18.
  • Your previous passport was issued over 15 years ago.
  • Your previous passport was issued when you were under the age of 16.
  • Your previous passport is badly damaged, lost or stolen.
  • Your previous passport was in a different name and you are unable to submit proper documentation to reflect the name change.
  • Your previous passport was a limited validity passport.

You DO NOT need an appointment if you can renew by mail.

Renewal by mail is required if all of the following are true:

Your most recent U.S. passport:

  • Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application;
  • Was valid for 10 years;
  • Was issued within the last 15 years; and
  • Was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change with original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or the government-issued document evidencing your legal name change.

Complete the PDF icon DS82 renewal application form and follow the directions. The DS82 is also available at the City Clerk counter in Civic Plaza

Passport photos are available for $15; no appointment is necessary. Effective November 1, 2016 passport photos of customers wearing eye glasses will not be accepted.

Make your appointment online

One appointment per person (Family of 4 = 4 appointments)

Complete the DS11 application form in black ink. You will receive instructions in an email confirmation. To modify or cancel your appointment, follow the prompt on the yellow bar in your email confirmation.

Minors

Applicants 15 and younger must appear in person with BOTH parents. If they had a previous passport they must submit the old passport AND their birth certificate. Applicant and both parents must be present at the time of the appointment to begin.

Applicants 16 and 17 years old must appear in person with one parent. If they had a previous passport, they can submit either the old passport or their birth certificate as proof of citizenship.

Domestic travel in 2019

Federal agencies will continue to accept standard Minnesota driver's licenses and identification cards for official purposes until Oct. 1, 2020. After Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID, Enhanced driver's license or ID or passport will be required for those wanting to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities.

PDF icon Real ID

Passport fees

Fee Description Adult (16 & older)   Child (15 & younger)  
  U.S. Department of State fee* City of Bloomington fee U.S. Department of State fee* City of Bloomington fee
Passport book $110 $35 $80 $35
Passport card $30 $35 $15 $35
Book/card combo $140 $35 $95 $35
Passport photo N/A $15 N/A $15
Expedite $60 N/A $60 N/A
Express mail Subject to postal rates Subject to postal rates Subject to postal rates Subject to postal rates
Overnight delivery return (books only) $16.48 N/A $16.48 N/A

*For U.S. Department of State fees:  Check or money order only.  A separate check or money order is required for each application.

*U.S. Department of State fees and City of Bloomington fees cannot be combined. They are 2 separate payments.

FAQs

How can I check the status of my application?

Passports are processed and issued by the U.S. Department of State. If you have already applied and would like to check the status of your application, call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 1-888-874-7793 or visit their website.

How do I apply for a new passport book or card?

  • Complete the application for U.S. passport. A Social Security number is required. Bring a completed DS-11 application. You must use black ink; DO NOT sign the application.
  • Bring required payment (check or money order only for U.S. Department of State payment)
  • Submit proof of U.S. Citizenship (one of the following):
    • Certified birth certificate (issued by your county or state of birth)
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Naturalization Certificate
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Present current primary identification:
    • Current, undamaged passport
    • Valid MN driver’s license
    • Clipped MN Driver’s license with yellow receipt
    • Current MN ID card
    • Naturalization Certificate
    • Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
    • Current Military ID (military and dependents)
  • Provide a passport photo that meets the passport photo quality requirements. Photo services are available at Bloomington Civic Plaza.
  • If the application is for a child, refer to the U.S. State Department's Minors Under Age 16 Web page.(link is external

What is a Passport Card?

Passport card

The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

How do I renew my passport?

The U.S. Department of State Passport Services requires you to renew your passport by mail if it meets eligibility requirements. If your passport is eligible for renewal by mail, you cannot renew it at the Bloomington City Clerk’s Office. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's "Renew Passport" Web page.

What are the payment options?

For U.S. Department of State fees: Check or money order only. A separate check or money order is required for each application.

For City of Bloomington fees: Check, money order, cash or credit card.

When/how will I receive my passport?

Completed passports are delivered via U.S. mail to the address listed on your application. Passport processing typically takes four to six weeks to complete.

How do I get a passport in less than three weeks?

You must apply at the Minneapolis Regional Passport Agency, located at 212 3rd Avenue South in Minneapolis. Call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment.

Bring a passport photo, as they do not take photos at this office.

What is a Real ID?

It’s one of three driver’s license options, not just in Minnesota but across the country. Regular Minnesota licenses will be accepted for official purposes, including air travel and federal facility entry, through October 1, 2020. Consider waiting until you have a change of address, change in your name or are close to your license expiration date to obtain a new one.

Minnesota is compliant with the REAL ID Act. Federal agencies can accept driver's licenses and identification cards from Minnesota at Federal facilities and nuclear power plants.

A Passport Book, Passport Card and Minnesota Enhanced Driver¹s License are Real IDs.

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses. The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

How to get Real ID, Enhanced ID and Standard ID

When it’s time for a new license, you have a choice of Real ID, Enhanced ID or Standard ID. All are valid for driving and most identification purposes. Only Real ID and Enhanced ID are acceptable for domestic air travel after October 1, 2020. 

The ABCs of new IDs

  • A - Additional documentation
    More documents are needed to apply for Real ID, Enhanced ID and Standard ID. The Real ID Act requires Minnesota and other states to verify each document. All documents must be originals or certified copies.
     
  • B – Bloomington license office
    Not all cities have driver’s license offices, but Bloomington does. The Motor Vehicle/Deputy Registrar Office provides full services, including processing ID applications. Visit blm.mn/license, call 952-563-8719 or email motorvehicle@BloomingtonMN.gov
     
  • C - Changed your name?
    Ever had a name change? If your current name is different from the name appearing on one or more documents, you will be required to submit proof for each name change. 

Save time online

An online pre-application lists each requirement in a step-by-step format. Completing it before visiting the Motor Vehicle office will save you time and prepare you for exactly what documents are necessary. 

Take note of what you need to complete your driver’s license renewal or application. The pre-application is available at blm.mn/preapp.