Getting a Passport

How do I apply for a passport?

Go to the State Department Passport website
The site contains application instructions for a first-time applicant and for passport renewals. Please note that your passport needs to be valid for 6 months after the date of your expected return to the United States. 

Where I can apply for a passport locally?

Use the State Department link to locate Passport Acceptance Facilities. You can also search for Passport Acceptance Facilities that take photos on-site.

At the time of publication, the Alma Post Office and Gratiot County Clerk’s Office both accept applications, but you should confirm this online first.

When is Alma College’s Passport Fair?

The 2016 Passport Fair is Thursday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Tyler Van-Dusen’s Rotunda. The Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) is hosting the fair in cooperation with Alma’s U.S. Postal Service.  Anyone can attend, simply arrive to the Rotunda outside of the CSO with your completed U.S. passport application, supporting documents, and payments. The U.S. Postal Service employees will process your application and mail it the same day. Click this link for a breakdown of payment fees that are required that day: Fees  (State Department Fees are current as of 10-24-2016) Appointments are not necessary.

Where can I get my passport photos taken?

The following businesses on Wright Avenue in Alma will take official passport photos. At publication, prices range from $8 - 11 for two photos. Some passport agencies also take photos for a fee. For example, the U.S. Post Office staff charges $15 for two photos.

  • Rite Aid          (989) 463-6111
  • Walgreens     (989) 463-2704
  • Wal-mart        (989) 463-6770

Have an official passport photo taken, then make multiple copies on photo paper using a color printer, or take the photo to a business such as Wal-mart to use their photo kiosk to make multiple copies at a low price.  Visit the U.S Department of State website for a full list of photo requirements. (as of November 1, 2016 eyeglasses are no longer allowed in passport pictures)

How long does it take the State Department to process a passport?

It typically takes between 4-6 weeks to get a passport, though it can be longer depending on the time of year. Go to the U.S Department of State website to get a current estimation of processing time:  

What does a passport cost?

Fees vary depending on whether one buys a passport and book, passport only, etc. Refer to the U.S Department of State website for current fees.