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j0403734Passport applications are accepted at the Human Resources counter, located in City Hall at 291 N. Main Street.  Applications are accepted by appointment only from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

A passport is international identification and proof of United States citizenship. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. A new wallet-sized passport card is now available for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean; but cannot be used for air travel.

To apply for a Passport, customers must bring:

  • a certified copy of their Certificate of Live Birth issued by the state in which they were born (hospital-issued birth certificates and CA and TX state abstract forms are not acceptable); or an original United States Certificate of Naturalization;
  • a valid photo identification, such as a California driver’s license or identification card; and
  • one passport photo. It must be 2-inch by 2-inch head and shoulders pictures, taken against a light, solid color background.  Note:  Passport photo services are provided on site for $12 per applicant.


An adult passport book (applicant 16 years or older at time of application) is valid for 10 years and costs a total of $165. Two separate payments are made: $130 passport fee to Department of State (DoS) by check or money order and a $35 execution fee to the City of Porterville (CoP) in cash, money order or check. An adult passport card is $65 ($30 to DoS and $35 to the CoP) and valid for 10 years.

A child’s passport (15 years or under at time of application) is valid for five years and costs $135 ($100 to DoS and $35 to CoP). Minors 15 years or under must have parental consent to obtain a passport and must have both parents present during the application process. Minors age 16 and 17 must have at least one parent present.  A child’s passport card is $50 ($15 to DoS and $35 to CoP) and valid for five years.

Processing Time
Routine applications are processed in approximately 10-13 weeks. Expedited service costs an additional $60, for receipt within 7-9 weeks. For emergency situations requiring a passport sooner, applicants should contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

Passport applications and forms can be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk and are also available on the Department of State's website at

To check the status of a passport application, call 1-877-487-2778 or visit

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