Florida is 4th in the list of United States passports issued by state. Only New York, California and Texas issue more passports per year than the state of Florida. If you need to get a passport in Florida, the questions and answers below will provide you with the information you need to obtain your travel document quickly and efficiently.
Where do I get a passport in Florida?
Applicants are required to appear in person in order to get a new passport. Most often, these means visiting a passport office in Florida. At the time of writing, there are 263 such offices or application acceptance facilities in the state although this number changes frequently. The vast majority of facilities are located in post offices. Many have limited operating hours and require you make an appointment in order to apply. Some of these locations offer passport photo services.
Another place to apply is at the passport agency in Florida. There is only one agency located in the state and it is in Miami. Regional agencies only accept applications from those who need to travel within 30 days. Evidence of travel such as a copy of your eticket, itinerary or hotel reservation is required. You have to make an appointment before visiting the agency. During peak travel season it can be difficult to schedule an appointment, especially if your departure is within a few days.
There is an alternative for those who need to expedite a passport in less than 2 weeks but who are unable to personally visit the Miami passport agency. A registered expediting service can be contracted to deliver the application for you. Note, you are still required to appear in person at a local application acceptance facility. However, instead of mailing the package directly, you will mail it to the expediter you choose to use.
How do I get a passport in Florida?
The requirements for a new passport include application form DS-11. This form can be completed online or printed and then completed. Independent of which method you use to complete the form. You should not sign it until a passport agent asks you to do so. The agent must administer and oath and witness the signing of the application.
Besides Form DS-11, you need to submit evidence of United States citizenship, proof of identity, a photocopy of the identification document and a recent passport photo. Those whose names have been legally changed and are different from the citizenship document, need to submit evidence of the legal name change. The application form and supporting documents should be taken to a passport office or the regional agency.
How much is a passport in Florida?
The fees for getting a passport in Florida are no different than in any other state. Applicants ages 16 or older pay an application fee of $110 for a passport book and/or $30 for a passport card. Applicants ages 15 or younger pay an application fee of $80 for a passport book and $15 for a passport card. All applicants must pay an execution fee of $25 when submitting Form DS-11.
There are optional fees and additional expenses which may be incurred when applying for a passport. The Department of State offers overnight delivery of a passport for a fee of $12.72. An expedited service fee of $60 is required if you want your passport in 3 weeks or less through an acceptance facility or in a few days to as fast as the same day at the Miami agency. Fees for professional expediting service vary but start at about $79.