Passports

Michigan
Stewart K. Sanders
Register of Deeds
  • 1087 Newell St, PO Box 885
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    M-F, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • (231) 689-7246
    (231) 689-7271

You will need the following when applying for a passport:

  • Application for U.S. Passport: For your first passport, you must appear in person and complete this form. It may be completed prior to arrival but must be signed in the presence of the passport agent.
  • A certified copy (raised seal) of your Birth Certificate: It is available only from the County Clerk’s Office in the county of your birth or from the State of your birth. Effective April 1, 2011 all birth certificates (including adults) must have parents’ names.
  • Present Identification: A valid driver’s license, a government issued (federal, state, municipal) identification card, a previous passport, or a Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship.
  • Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Presented: Applicants must include a photocopy of identification document(s) front and back at the time of passport application acceptance.
  • Submit Recent Photograph: Photographs can be taken at our West Olive and Grand Haven locations. Photographs must have been taken within the past six months and meet the following requirements:
    • In color
    • Printed on photo quality paper
    • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
    • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template on the Travel.State.gov website for more size requirement details.
    • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
    • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
    • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
    • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
    • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
      • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
      • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
      • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
      • If you normally wear a hearing device it may be worn for your photo.
      • As of November 2016 the National Passport Agency will no longer accept passport photos with any type of eyewear including but not limited to prescription glasses.
    • Photo requirements have been changed to require one color photo. Note: The Register of Deeds division can take your passport photo at our Grand Haven and Fillmore Street locations. The fee is $10.00.
  • Applicants age 16 and over: Must pay $110 for their passport. This payment must only be paid by check or money order payable to the Department of State. There is a $35 execution fee payable to Ottawa County Register of Deeds by Cash/Check/Money Order/Visa or MasterCard. The passport is valid for 10 years.
  • Applicants age 15 and under: Must pay $80 for their passport. This payment must only be paid by check or money order payable to the Department of State. There is a $35 execution fee payable to Ottawa County Register of Deeds by Cash/Check/Money Order/Visa or MasterCard. The passport is valid for five years. Statement of Consent – Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 (Form DS3053) – This form should be submitted, along with the DS11 Application for Passport, for minors under age 16 as evidence of parental permission if: 1) you are a non-applying parent or guardian consenting to passport issuance for your child, 2) or you are an applying parent or guardian, and the written consent of the non-applying parent or guardian cannot be obtained. The Statement of Consent by non-applying parents, for children under the age 16, MUST be Notarized and signed by the non-applying parent and must include a photocopy of the front & back of his/her ID.
  • Application Signature: Until the age of 18, all applicants will need a parent or legal guardian (with legal proof) present to sign your passport application at the time of execution. All persons 16 years of age and above will need to sign their own passport application in the presence of the passport agent. ALL MINOR CHILDREN MUST APPEAR IN PERSON.
  • You should receive your passport within approximately 4-6 weeks from the receipt of your completed application. If you need your passport in less than approximately 4-6 weeks, you need to obtain expedited service for processing the passport. The fee for expedited service is $60 per application (payable by check or money order to the Department of State) which is in addition to the regular passport fee. At the time of expedited service
  • Valid for travel by air, sea or land.
  • Validity: 10 years for adults, 5 years for minors
  • Size: 5″ x 3-1/2″ (when unopened)

Cost for first time applicants:

  • For Adults (16 & Older)
    $110 check/money order payable to: US Dept of State
    $35 execution fee payable by cash, check, or charge
    • For Minors (15 & Younger)
      $80 check/money order payable to: US Dept of State
      $35 execution fee payable by cash, check, or charge
  • Cost for U.S. Passport book renewal: $110 for adults (minor passports are not renewable)
  • NOT for travel by air. Valid for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean only.
  • Validity: 10 years for adults, 5 years for minors
  • Size: Wallet size

Cost for first time applicants:

  • For Adults (16 & Older)
    $30 check/money order payable to: US Dept of State
    $35 execution fee payable by cash, check, or charge
    • For Minors (15 & Younger)
      $15 check/money order payable to: US Dept of State
      $35 execution fee payable by cash, check, or charge
  • Cost for U.S. Passport card renewal: $30 for adults (Minor Passports Are Not Renewable)

Cost for first time applicants for both the passport book and card:

  • For Adults
    $140 check/money order payable to: US Dept of State
    $35 execution fee payable by cash, check, or charge
  • For Minors
    $95 check/money order payable to: US Dept of State
    $35 execution fee payable by cash, check or charge