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What To Bring

ALL APPLICANTS, INCLUDING MINORS, MUST APPEAR IN PERSON WHEN APPLYING FOR A PASSPORT

Please Note: New Requirement for U.S. Birth Certificates Effective April 1, 2011

Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age.  Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship.  This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.

In addition to this requirement, certified copies of birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of U.S. citizenship:

  • Full name of the applicant
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal of issuing authority
  • Registrar’s signature
  • The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office (must be within one year)

For more information, please go to travel.state.gov

Proof of US Citizenship
Previous passport, or birth certificate certified from the state where you were born or your Naturalization Certificate.
Please Note* Hospital Birth Records and Notifications of Birth Registration are not acceptable.
Click here for more information on how to obtain a certified birth certificate.

Proof of Identity
Photo I.D.; valid drivers' license, or state photo I.D. card, or school photo I. D., or a parent with drivers' license (if applicant is under 16). As of 2015, it is now required that all Applicants 16 years and older must present a clear photocopy ( front & back) of  their valid government-issued identification (example: driver’s license/school ID card) along with that original photo identification.

Social Security Number

Photographs
2 recent identical, official passport photographs (2" x 2") color only.
Photo services are available at the Quakertown office for a $10.00 fee.
Click here for more information on acceptable digitized photographs.

FEES
There are two separate fees for every person applying for a passport. All fees are set by the federal government.

Click here for information on the new federal passport fees.

The Execution fee of $25.00 can be paid in a check, money order, or cash. Persons applying together can combine the fee into one check or money order payable to the Prothonotary. All fees are subject to change without notice.

For more information log onto www.travel.state.gov.

The Office of the Prothonotary
Patricia L. Bachtle 

Bucks County Courthouse 
100 North Main Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6191 
Fax: 215-348-6184
Hours: 8 am - 4:15 pm
Passport Applications NOT accepted after 4 pm except the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, where we have extended hours in the courthouse for passports only from 8 am - 7:30 pm 

Lower Bucks County Government Services Center 
7321 New Falls Road 
Levittown, PA, 19055 
267-580-3500
Hours: Monday to Friday 
For hours see the Where to Apply page

Upper Bucks County Government Services Center 
261 California Road 
Quakertown, PA. 
215-529-7250
Thursdays:  For hours see the Where to Apply page