The Clerk of Court is appointed by the Federal Government to handle Passport applications. Although not a County function, handling of passport applications is an important, convenient and confidential service for the residents of Liberty County. The Clerk of Court’s office in Chester is the only location in Liberty County appointed to sell passports. Applicants may apply for passport books and/or passport cards.
First time applicants must apply in person. The following are required:
- An application which can be picked up at the Clerk of Courts office or online: Passport Information and fees
- One (1)Passport photograph following the guidelines set out in the Passport Application.
- A certified Birth Certificate (which is sent in and returned to applicant with the Passport)
- Applicable fees payable to the U.S. Department of State and to the Clerk of Court’s office.
It takes about four (4) to six (6) weeks to process and receive the passport. For additional fees, the application can be sent “expedited” for faster service. Expedited passports take approximately three (3) weeks. Submitting incorrect information could delay the processing of your application. Before submitting be sure to carefully read the instructions to ensure all information and payments are correct.
Adult passports are good for ten (10) years and passports of individuals under age 16 are valid for five (5) years.
Renewal passport applications may be picked up at the Clerk of Courts office or applications and fees can be found online: Passport Information and fees.
These forms along with required photos and fees may be sent in directly to the National Passport Processing Center.