CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

Passport Services

Planning to Travel? Apply Early!
It is recommended that you apply at least 4-6 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 at the passport agency, not the day it is mailed or when you applied at the acceptance facility. Below are some updates regarding passport processing information.
• Effective October 29, routine passport service can take up to 8-11 weeks.
• Expedited passport service can take up to 5-7 weeks (for an additional $60 fee).
The door-to-door timeframes to calculate the service times are no longer used due to mail times across the country vary.
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].

Passport Saturday!
The next Passport Saturday is December 4th 2021 - go to Passport Saturday to find out more!.

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.  


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) and $15 photo fee (if you do not already have photos) 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 can now save time by having your passport photo taken at the Clerk's Downtown Tampa location when you present your application or you can bring your own passport photos with you to the appointment.

Other options for obtaining Passport Photos:

  • Certain Walgreens, CVS and FedEx locations that have photo departments.
  • AAA offices
  • The UPS Store
  • Some U.S. Post Office locations
  • 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.

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?

Call:     (813) 276-8100
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.