There are different ways on how to pay for your application depending on the process you chose. Here is a guide on what you need to know about government fees.
Applying at a Passport Acceptance Facility for Service by Mail
Check or money order can be used as payment for passport application fee (also for expedited service fee) that is made payable to “Department of State”.
- Money order or bank draft, on the other hand, can be used as payment for Passport Acceptance Agent. Personal checks are also accepted at some locations, while credit cards are accepted at Passport Acceptance facilities in a US Post Office
Applications Mailed Directly to the National Passport Processing Center
- Check or money order can be used to pay Passport application (including expedited fee) made payable to “US Department of State”
Applying at a Regional Passport Agency
- Credit card, check or money order can be used. Cash for exact change only.
Applying Through a Passport Expediting Company
If your application does need to be sealed in the official envelope (passport renewal, second passport, additional pages)
- Passport application fee (and expedited service fee, if applicable) can be paid via check or money order made payable to “US Department of State” that will be sealed in the official envelope.
- Passport Acceptance Fee must be paid directly at the facility via money order or bank draft. Facilities at U.S. post offices accepts credit cards while others only accept personal checks.
- Expediting companies accept all major credit cards as payment for expedited company service fees.
Guidelines for Writing Checks or Money Orders
Mistakes can be grounds for suspension of applications, here is a guideline for flawless application:
- Checks payable to “US Department of State”
- Double check fees and written amount
- Personal checks (not temporary or starter checks) must have your name and address
- Write amount in full
- Applicant’s full name and birth date written on the memo line