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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.

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.