Passport Information

Real ID Act: Will Minnesotans need a passport to fly domestically starting January 2016?

The best information we can provide is to refer you to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage. Because these rules are issued by DHS and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and not by the Department of State, the best source of information on REAL ID Act and domestic air travel is to check with the DHS and TSA.

The Becker County Recorder's Office accepts passport applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. All applicants must appear in person.

To obtain a United States Passport you will need to present the following:

  1. Completed passport application form (you MUST sign in person) – obtain from the County Recorder's Office or the following Passport Agency's website http://travel.state.gov; and download the "Application for a U.S. Passport" form.
  2. A certified Birth Record from the county or state level (not a hospital certificate).
  3. A passport photograph that meets passport requirements (photographs can be taken here for $10.00 per applicant).
  4. Valid driver’s license for identification:
    1. Minors under 16: must appear with both parents and parents must present valid driver's licenses. If one parent cannot appear with a minor 15 and under to sign, we must have a signed and notarized statement from that parent and a copy of the front & back of the absent parent's driver’s license. The form can be found under the Passport Agency's website (http://travel.state.gov).
    2. Minors ages 16 & 17: if they have a valid driver's license, they may appear without a parent, but should have a parent's check to show consent. If a minor 16 or 17 years old has no driver's license, one parent must appear with the minor.
  5. Fees:

    Passport Book

    • Adult (16 & over):
    • $110.00 check or money order to the U.S. Department of State
    • Under 16:
    • $80.00 check or money order to the U.S. Department of State

    Passport Card

    • Adult (16 & over):
    • $30.00 check or money order to the U.S. Department of State
    • Under 16:
    • $15.00 check or money order to the U.S. Department of State

    Passport Book & Card at the same time

    • Adult (16 & over):
    • $140.00 check or money order to the U.S. Department of State
    • Under 16:
    • $95.00 check or money order to the U.S. Department of State

All applicants are charged a $25.00 application fee payable to the Becker County Recorder. This fee can be paid by cash, check, money order, or card (2.5% convenience fee applies to card payments).

You may expedite the passport application by paying a $60.00 expedite fee per passport. The fee is in addition to the cost of the passport and there may also be express mail fees. Visit http://travel.state.gov for processing times.

If you have a passport that you would like to renew, please call our office at (218) 846-7304 for additional instructions or visit http://travel.state.gov.