How to Get a Passport

U.S. citizens need a passport to travel outside the country, even to neighboring countries like Mexico and Canada. There are two types of U.S. passports — a passport book, which allows for travel by air, land or sea to anywhere in the world, and a passport card, which allows for travel by land or sea only to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Because of the passport card’s limitations, it is recommended that all students apply for a passport book to expand their opportunities for international travel.

For help with the application process, see an Education Abroad Peer Advisor in the Office of International Programs, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 to 4 p.m. More detailed information is available on the U.S. Passports & International Travel website.

How to Apply

Step 1:  Complete the paperwork

It takes about 10 minutes to complete a Passport Application (DS-11 form) online. Have access to a printer while you are filling it out, and do not sign your application until you are at the acceptance facility.

Step 2: Take a picture

Submit a 2″ x 2″ square photo taken within the past six months in normal attire in front of a plain white background.

Starting this fall, have your photo taken on campus at the RamCard Office in the Lory Student Center.

You can also take the photo yourself, of have one taken here:

  • Walmart, 1250 E. Magnolia St.
  • Walgreens, 2614 S. College Ave.
  • CVS, 105 W. Troutman Pkwy.
  • U.S. Post Office, 301 E. Boardwalk Dr.

Step 3: Provide evidence of U.S. citizenship

Provide one of the following*:

* You will need to present the original document to the acceptance facility, AND include an 8.5″ x 11″ photocopy of all printed information on the document (front and back, if applicable) with your application.

Step 4: Provide identification

Provide one of the following*:

  • Valid driver’s license (make a photo copy of the front and back)
  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Current Government ID (city, state, or federal)
  • Current Military ID (military or dependent)

* You will need to present the original document to the acceptance facility, AND include an 8.5″ x 11″ photocopy of all printed information on the document (front and back, if applicable) with your application.

Step 5: Pay the fee

The standard application fee for adults is $145 ($110 for the application and $35 for processing). The fee can be paid by check or money order payable to “U.S. Department of State.”

Step 6: Submit your application

After compiling all of the pieces of your passport application, you can submit it in-person at:

  • Fort Collins City Clerk’s Office, 300 Laporte Ave.
    By appointment only: Schedule online.
  • Larimer County Citizen Info Center, 200 W. Oak St.
    Walk-in hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • U.S. Post Office, 301 E. Boardwalk Dr.
    Walk-in hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 9 – 11 a.m.

How to Renew

You can renew your passport by mail using (form DS-82) if your most recent passport:

  • Is submitted with your application
  • Is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • Was issued within the last 15 years
  • Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must apply in-person following the instructions above.

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