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 2018 Passport Fair is Friday, November 30, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Tyler Van-Dusen’s Rotunda. The Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) is hosting the fair with the U.S. Postal Service.  Anyone can attend; appointments are not necessary.  Arrive 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 review your application for accuracy, process your paperwork and mail it the same day. For a breakdown of fees required the day of the Passport Application Fair, review the Passport Fee Worksheet (fees are current as of 10-19-2018).  For questions about the passport fair, email

Where can I get my passport photos taken?

The following businesses on Wright Avenue in Alma take official passport photos, that are printed in store.  Prices range from $7 - 15 for two photos. Other passport agencies also take photos for a fee. For example, the U.S. Post Office staff charges $15 for two photos. 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)

  • Meijer             (989) 576-6100
  • Rite Aid          (989) 463-6111
  • Walgreens     (989) 463-2704
  • Walmart         (989) 463-6770

For students who might need more than two passport photos such as a study abroad student whose program requires passport photos as well, have the two passport photos taken then use a photo kiosk at one of the stores above to make multiple copies at a lower cost, or print from home in color on photo paper.

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.