Important Notes

Passport Required for Mexico Travel:  As of January 2009, a valid U.S. passport is required for all to enter and exit Mexico.  Birth certificates are no longer accepted as appropriate documentation.  Only a passport will get you in and out - by both land and air. Info and links to application forms are below. 

The Passport Card:  In addition to the traditional passport book, a passport card is now being issued for a much cheaper price.  The U.S. passport card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbena, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air. 

Passport Book / Card Prices

New Book: 16 & older$135
New Book: 16 & younger$105
New Card: 16 & older$30 with passport or $55 by itself
New Card: 16 & younger$15 with passport or $40 by itself
Renewal Book: 16 & older *$110

* If you already own a passport book, but would like a new passport card, you pay  only for cost the cost of the card and not the execution fee. 

Passport Websites & Forms:

The Official Passport Website provides all the forms and info for your specific needs:


Steps to Applying for a Passport:

  1. Complete the correct passport application for your needs.  All information must be accurate.  Do NOT sign the application form until the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so.
  2. Apply in person at a Passport Application Acceptance Office.  Office locations can be found athttp://travel.state.gov/passport/get/where/where_4851.html
  3. You will need an original or certified copy of your birth certificate or a previous passport.
  4. Include two passport-style photos.  These can be taken at post offices and mail centers.
  5. Those 16 & older, bring your driver's license or state ID.  Those 16 & younger must be accompanied by parents/guardians with appropriate ID.
  6. Don't forget your payment!  Refer to the chart above.  Accepted payment methods: Credit Card, Debit/Check Cards, and Checks (personal, certified, or cashiers' ).

Steps to Applying for a Passport:

Complete the correct passport application for your needs.  All information must be accurate.  Do NOT sign the application form until the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so.

Apply in person at a Passport Application Acceptance Office.  Office locations can be found at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/where/where_4851.html

You will need an original or certified copy of your birth certificate or a previous passport.

Include two passport-style photos.  These can be taken at post offices and mail centers.

Those 16 & older, bring your driver's license or state ID.  Those 16 & younger must be accompanied by parents/guardians with appropriate ID.

Don't forget your payment!  Refer to the chart above.  Accepted payment methods: Credit Card, Debit/Check Cards, and Checks (personal, certified, or cashiers' ).