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)
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
State Certified Birth Certificate listing full name of your parent(s), Naturalization Certificate or expired U.S. Passport
Proof of Identity
Valid Driver's License
A recent passport photo (2" x 2") in color.
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 by Appointment Only
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;