CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

Passport Services

Planning to Travel? Apply Early!
It is recommended that you apply at least six months before your planned travel date.  
Mail delays are impacting when passport applications are received and processed by the U.S. Department of State. The processing time begins the day the application is received, not the day it is mailed. Below are some updates regarding passport processing information.
• Routine passport service can take up to 18 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. The 18-week timeframe includes up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.
• Expedited passport service can take up to 12 weeks (for an additional $60) from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. The 12-week timeframe includes up to 6 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end.   
The processing times (up to 12 weeks for routine; up to 6 weeks for expedite) do not include mailing times. Mail times vary and delays have been significant. Plan ahead.  
Go online to schedule a passport acceptance appointment with our office. 
For passport requirements, forms, and fees visit the U.S. Department of State website [external 3rd party link].

The U.S. Department of State has authorized the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court and Comptroller to be a U.S. passport acceptance agency.  The application, identification, required documentation, and fees are collected and forwarded to the regional office of the Department of State, who will issue the passport.  Most Clerk locations require appointments. Request a Passport Appointment.  The Clerk's office does not process passport renewals for adults.  The U.S. Department of State's website can help with passport renewals.  

The next PASSPORT SATURDAY is October 23, 2021 - go to Passport Saturday to find out more!

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the requirements for obtaining a passport?

The U.S. Department of State provides detailed information in obtaining a passport. 

How do I complete a passport application?

You can complete one online and print it or print it and complete by hand.  Find out how here.

What method of payment is required?

Two forms of payment are required:

1. Payment of $35 (Passport Acceptance Fee) to the Clerk of the Circuit Court can be made by cash, check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover - 3.5% service fee charged.

2. Payment to the U.S. Department of State must be made by check or money order only.

What do I need to know about passport photos?

You can find more details on the exact requirements for passport photos on the U.S. Department of State website.

Passport Photo Taking Services in Hillsborough County:  You will have to bring your own passport photos with you to the appointment. Certain Walgreens, CVS and FedEx locations that have photo departments provide passport photo services. AAA offices provide passport photo services. The UPS Store provides passport photo services. Some U.S. Post Office locations provide passport photo services. Many professional photography studios provide passport photo services. NOTE: Always call ahead to these passport photo providers to see if the location you want to visit offers this service, if a technician will be on duty at the time you want to have your picture taken, and if an appointment is required before you head over there.

How do I renew my passport?

The U.S. Department of State's website can help with passport renewals.

This infographic shows you the steps for renewing your U.S. Passport by mail: 

INFOGRAPHIC How to Renew Passport by Mail

I have more questions. Where can I get answers?

The U.S. State Department provides answers to commonly asked questions.  Find your answers here.

What are the fees associated with this service?

See Passport Fees for more information.

How can I obtain passport service from the Clerk's office?

Mail:  PO Box 3249, Tampa, FL 33601-3249
Email:  Contact Us
NOTE:  An appointment is required
In person by appointment only:  Downtown Tampa, Plant City.  See wait times . Make a passport appointment here. In the event that you cannot make an appointment for passport service at a Clerk location or need a passport service that the Clerk does not offer (such as renewing adult passports), you can search for other passport application agencies and locations in Hillsborough County.