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Information on Obtaining your U.S. Passport, renewing your U.S. passport, Lost or stolen U.S. Passports, and submitting a copy of your passport to our office.

Obtaining Your U.S. Passport
 STEP 1: Fill Out Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport

 Fill out Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport online or by hand. Please note that you:

  • Must not sign the application until instructed to do so by the Acceptance Agent
  • Must provide your Social Security Number.
STEP 2: Submit Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport In Person
 You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility.
STEP 3: Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

 When applying for a U.S. passport in person, evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11. All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you. These documents will be delivered with your newly issued U.S. passport or in a separate mailing.

Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (One of the following):

STEP 4: Present Identification

When applying for a U.S. passport in person, acceptable identification must be presented at the time of application.

Primary Identification (One of the following):

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate

Secondary Identification (Combination of Documents):

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Current Government ID (city, state or federal) Current Military ID (military and dependents)
  • Social Security Card + Credit Card + Employee ID + Library Card

Note: These documents must be submitted together.

STEP 5: Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented (Step 4 )

Bring a photocopy of the front and back of each ID document that you will present when you apply.

  • Photocopy must be on plain white, 8 1/2 x 11" standard paper stock, showing the front and the back of your ID
  • Photocopies cannot be double-sided. All images must be one side of each copy.
  • The 8 1/2 x 11" paper size cannot be substituted with a larger or smaller size paper, even if the alternative folds down to the 8 1/2 x 11" size.
  • The paper should be free of other images and/or markings.
  • You may enlarge the image of your ID on the 8 1/2 x 11" page, but you may not decrease the size of the image.
STEP 6: Pay the Applicable Fee
Current Passport Fees are $135. We recommend paying by check at your chosen acceptance facility.
STEP 7: Provide Two Passport Photos

To avoid processing delays, be sure your photographs meet all quality requirements and are properly submitted with your application.

When submitting Form DS-11 in person, your photos should not be attached to the form.

When submitting Form DS-82 by mail, staple one photo to the application within the space provided using four vertical staples, one in each counter. Enclose the second photo with your application, unattached.

Local locations that take passport-sized photos:

UNI Study Abroad Center

2 Photos for $8

Walgreen’s (two Cedar Falls locations)

2 photos for $8.99

Hy-Vee (next to the mall in Cedar Falls)

6 photos for $4.99

STEP 8: Schedule your Appointment

Black Hawk County Courthouse

316 E. 5th St., 2nd floor, Room 208

Waterloo, IA 50702

Apply by appointment only


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