Municipal Courts

U.S. Passport Services


Passport GraphicThe Municipal Courts on behalf of the U.S. Department of State now accepts passport applications for U.S. citizens wanting to get a new passport or renew a passport. Citizens may submit their application for U.S. passport in person with a completed DS-11 passport application.  Standard new application processing fees apply if renewing a U.S. passport with a DS-11 application. Passport renewal application DS-82 is not accepted at the Municipal Court locations, however instructions on completing and mailing a DS-82 passport renewal application can be found on the U.S. Department of State website www.travel.state.gov.

You must apply in person using form DS-11 if at least one of the following is true:  

  • You are applying for your first U.S. Passport, or
  • You are under age 16, or
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16, or
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen or damaged, or
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago

What will you need?

A completed DS-11 application

  • Download application online at travel.state.gov
  • Complete in black ink only
  • Do not sign application until requested to do so by a passport acceptance agent
  • DS-82 renewal applications are not accepted

Proof of Identity -- Bring one original (plus one photocopy* front and back) of the following:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid State Identification Card
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Prior Undamaged U.S. Passport (may be expired)
  • Government Employee ID
  • Official Military ID Card
  • For minors: Under 16 years of age both parents must be present or provide official consent. If both parents cannot be present, go to www.travel.state.gov for more information

Proof of U.S. Citizenship -- Bring one original (plus one photocopy*) of the following.

  • Previously issued U.S. Passport undamaged (may be expired)
  • U.S. Birth Certificate or certified copy issued by the city, county, or state
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • For minors under 18, the original birth certificate must be presented.

Passport Photo (pictures are not provided on site)

  • (1) one color photo
  • 2”x2” inches in size
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Full Face, with neutral facial expression
  • Front view with a plain white or off-white background
  • Between 1” inch and 1 3/8” inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Taken in normal street attire
  • No glasses

Payment 1 of 2: Passport Application Fees

  • Passport application fees can only be paid by personal check, cashier’s check, or money order
  • Made payable to: U.S. Department of State
  • Cannot be made in cash, or credit/debit cards
  • Non-refundable
  • Calculate your passport fees (see chart of fees below):

 

PASSPORT APPLICATION CHART OF FEES
FOR FIRST TIME AND RENEWAL DS-11 APPLICATIONS

Please Note: Passport renewal application DS-82 is not accepted at the Municipal Court acceptance locations, however instructions on completing and mailing a DS-82 passport renewal application can be found on the U.S. Department of State website www.travel.state.gov.

Processing times are subject to change without notice, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website www.travel.state.gov for the most up to date application processing times.

Passport Fees

Payment 2 of 2: Acceptance Fee

  • $35 per applicant
  • Paid separately to the Acceptance Facility
  • Acceptance fee can be paid in cash, personal check, credit/debit card, money order, or cashier’s check.

Where can you apply? 
The Municipal Courts has two Passport Acceptance locations, one in Central Houston at the Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse and one in West Houston at the Westside Command Station.  Appointments are 30 minutes in duration and can be made 14 days in advance.  A separate appointment is needed for every applicant that will be applying for a U.S. passport.  As a courtesy please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Download and review the MCD Passport Application Checklist then select a location from below to schedule your appointment.  You will receive an email confirmation and reminder.  If a cellular phone number is provided a text reminder can be sent with-in 24 hours of your appointment time. Your carrier’s standard messaging rates apply.

Processing times are subject to change without notice, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website www.travel.state.gov for the most up to date application processing times.

Click Here to Schedule and Appointment at the Central Location   Click Here to Schedule and Appointment at the West Location

Check the status of your application
Check the status of your U.S. Passport application in 7-10 business days by going to passportstatus.state.gov, there you may register your email address to receive automatic email updates. You will need the applicant’s Last Name, Date of Birth, and Social Security Number (Last 4 digits).

You may also check the status of your application by calling the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793(TDD/TTY).