Courthouse Established in 1847
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    Abbeville, LA 70510
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Passports

How to Apply as a Naturalized Citizen.
You must apply in person at our office using Form DS-11.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED

1. A Completed Unsigned DS-11 Form

2. A Valid ID

3. Naturalization Certificate

4. 2×2 Passport Photo


FEES:

ROUTINE | 4-6 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $110
Passport Card: $30
Both: $140
(check or money order)
Vermilion Clerk of Court
Processing Fee: $35.00
(cash,check,credit or debt)

EXPEDITED | 2-3 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $170
Passport Card: $90
Both: $260
(check or money order)
Vermilion Clerk of Court
Processing Fee: $56
(cash,check,credit or debt)

-If your name does not match your Naturalization Documents, you must provide evidence of marriage or another form of a legal name change.

-Bring your old passport. If you were a minor when it was obtained does not constitute a renewal, but it aides in the passport acceptance process.

Please Note: Our office does not have a translator. If needed, please bring someone with you, or have someone help you fill the form out.

Step by Step Instructions

1. Fill Out the DS-11 Form

 Please note:

  • After downloading the DS-11 Form you are able to fill in your information on your computer before printing.
  • Do not sign the application until instructed to while in our office.
  • You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).
    • If you fail to provide a Social Security number, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application. You will also be subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS pursuant to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E). All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.
    • If you do not have a Social Security number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”
  • You may request a larger passport book with 52 pages, at no additional cost, by checking the ’52 page’ box at the top of the DS-11.

2. Provide Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

You must submit one of the following:

  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:
    • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
    • Lists your full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Lists your parent(s)' full names
    • Has the date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Has the registrar's signature
    • Has the seal of the issuing authority

Your evidence must be an original or certified copy. A certified copy is any document that has the seal or stamp of the official issuing authority.

3. Bring a Photocopy of U.S. Citizenship Evidence

Submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of the U.S. citizenship evidence you’re providing.
Photocopies must be:

  • Legible
  • On white 8.5”x11” standard paper
  • Black and white
  • Single sided

If you don't want to submit a photocopy of your citizenship evidence, you may submit a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, which we will keep. If you don’t submit a photocopy or a second certified copy of your citizenship evidence, your passport processing could be delayed.

4. Present ID

You must present one of the following identification documents:

  • In-state, fully valid driver's license or enhanced driver's license with photo
  • In-state, fully valid learner's permit
  • In-state, fully valid non-driver ID
  • Temporary driver's license
  • Valid or expired, undamaged U.S. passport book or passport card
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state, or federal)
  • U.S. military or military dependent ID
  • Trusted Traveler IDs (including valid Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS cards)

The ID must readily identify you.

5. Bring a Photocopy of ID

Submit a photocopy of the front (and back, if there is printed information) of each ID that you present when you apply.
Photocopies must be:

  • Legible
  • On white 8.5”x11” standard paper
  • Black and white
  • Single sided

6. Provide a Photo

You must provide one photo with your passport application.

  • Your head must face the camera directly with full face in view.
  • You must have a neutral facial expression or a natural smile, with both eyes open.
  • Taken in clothing normally worn on a daily basis
  • Taken in the last 6 months
  • Use a plain white or off-white background
  • Be sized correctly:
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
    • Head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
  • Printed in color
  • You cannot wear glasses.
    • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with application.
  • You cannot wear a hat or head covering.
    • If you wear a hat or head covering for religious purposes, submit a signed statement that verifies that the hat or head covering in your photo is part of recognized, traditional religious attire that is customarily or required to be worn continuously in public.
    • If you wear a hat or head covering for medical purposes, submit a signed doctor's statement verifying the hat or head covering in your photo is used daily for medical purposes.
    • Your full face must be visible and your hat or head covering cannot obscure your hairline or cast shadows on your face.
  • You cannot wear headphones or wireless hands-free devices.

7. Calculate Fees

ROUTINE | 4-6 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $110
Passport Card: $30
Both: $140
(check or money order)
Vermilion Clerk of Court
Processing Fee: $35.00
(cash,check,credit or debt)

EXPEDITED | 2-3 WEEKS

U.S. Department of State
Passport Book: $170
Passport Card: $90
Both: $260
(check or money order)
Vermilion Clerk of Court
Processing Fee: $56
(cash,check,credit or debt)

8. Submit your Completed Application

Please have the following when coming in for your U.S. Passport:

  • Completed DS-11 Form
  • Your Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
  • A Copy of Your Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
  • Your Identification Documents
  • A Copy of Your Identification Documents
  • Your 2 x 2 inches Passport Photo
Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to make an appointment to apply at an acceptance facility?

    We accept walk-ins and do not require appointments, although making an appointment with us will reduce your waiting time..
  • What if I want both a passport book and a passport card?

    You can apply for both a passport book and a passport card at the same time on Form DS-11, but you must pay both fees. Please see Passport Card for more information.
  • I’m behind in child support. Can I get a passport?

    If you are behind in child support payments of $2,500 or more, you cannot get a U.S. passport. For more information, please see Child Support Payments and Getting a U.S. Passport.
  • It states on my U.S. birth certificate that it is illegal to make a copy. What should I do?

    If you choose not to submit a photocopy, you may submit a second certified copy of your birth certificate. We will keep this second certified copy for our records.

  • Can I mail in my application or apply online?

    When applying using Form DS-11, you are not eligible to mail in your application. Additionally, the Department of State does not currently have the option to submit your passport application online.
  • How long will it take to get my passport?

    For up-to-date information on when you will get your passport, please see Processing Times. If you need your passport quickly, please see Get a Passport in a Hurry.
  • How will my passport book and/or card be mailed back to me?

    Newly-issued passport books are delivered using Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, unless you pay for Priority Express return service at time of application. All passport cards will be mailed using First Class Mail. Passport cards cannot be delivered using Priority Express. Your citizenship evidence will be mailed back separately from your new passport.