SPECIAL NOTE

THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE WILL RESUME THE ACCEPTANCE OF NEW PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ON MAY 1, 2014.

 

THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE WILL TEMPORARILY SUSPEND ACCEPTING PASSPORT APPLICATIONS FROM MARCH 1, 2014 THROUGH MAY 31, 2014.  WE ANTICIPATE RESUMING THE ACCEPTANCE OF PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ON JUNE 1, 2014.  PLEASE VISIT TRAVEL.STATE.GOV FOR INFORMATION ON APPLYING OR RENEWING PASSPORTS, AS WELL AS A LIST OF OTHER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT BERKS COUNTY THAT WILL BE ABLE TO ACCEPT YOUR PASSPORT APPLICATION.  YOU MAY ALSO CALL THE NATIONAL PASSPORT CENTER TOLL FREE AT 1-877-487-2778 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON APPLYING OR RENEWING PASSPORTS.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AND LOOK FORWARD TO RESUMING ACCEPTANCE OF PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ON JUNE 1, 2014. 

Passports - General Information
 
Information on processing times for passports can be obtained by visiting the State Department's website at www.travel.state.gov
 
or call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778)
 
TDD/TTY: 1-888-84-7793 (Telephone Number For Customers With Telecommunication Devices For the Hearing Impaired)
 
How to Apply for a U.S. Passport Book and/or U.S. Passport Card (Form DS-11)
 
Effective 4/5/2012
  1. Proof of U.S. Citizenship
    State Certified Birth Certificate listing full name of your parent(s), Naturalization Certificate or expired U.S. Passport

  2. Proof of Identity
    Valid Driver's License

  3. Photograph
    A recent passport photo (2" x 2") in color.

  4. Fees

  • 16 years of age & over - $110.00 for a Passport Book
    16 years of age & over - $30.00 for a Passport Card
  • Check or money order payable to: "U.S. Department of State"
    PLUS $25.00 execution fee. Cash or check payable to: "Prothonotary"

  • 15 years of age & under - $80.00 for a Passport Book
    15 years of age & under - $15.00 for a Passport Card
  • Check or money order payable to: "U.S. Department of State"
    PLUS $25.00 execution fee. Cash or check payable to: "Prothonotary"

U.S. Passport Books are Valid for travel by air, sea or land.
 
U.S. Passport Cards are not for travel by air. (Valid for land and sea crossings between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean ONLY).
 
U.S. Passport applications for children under age 16 require two parents' consent. Check the website listed below for specific requirements or call our office.
 
All applicants must appear in person, regardless of age.
 
Processing time varies depending on the workload of the U.S. Passport Agency. You may request expedited service at an additional fee of $60.00.
 
DS-11 applications accepted MONDAY through FRIDAY
8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Office of the Prothonotary
2nd Fl, Berks Co. Courthouse
633 Court Street, Reading, PA
 
We hope this "checklist" is helpful to you.  You should read the actual applications for more specific details.  Please call our office at (610) 478-6970 if we can be of further assistance.
 
For More Information on U.S. Passport Books, Changes, Renewals and U.S. Passport Cards:
 
National Passport Information Center Toll Free Number 1-877-487-2778;
 
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov; or