Getting a Passport in Oklahoma City

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If you're traveling abroad, you will first need to obtain a passport, either a traditional book or a card, depending on where you're going. If you live in the Oklahoma City, there are only two places you can apply for your passport: the Oklahoma County Courthouse and the Edmond Community Center.

First, decide whether you want a passport book or a card. The former costs more but is good for international air, sea, or land travel; the latter does not work for air travel and is only valid for border crossings into Mexico and Canada as well as seaports in the Caribbean and Bahamas, though it is considerably cheaper.

If you're unsure which you need, check out this detailed explanation of the differences from the U.S. Department of State, and once you know which one you need, it's time to apply. Passport application must be done in person, and you will need to go to the office of the County Clerk in the Oklahoma County Courthouse or to the passport application location in the Edmond Community Center.

What to Bring and How Much it Costs

For passport processing, you will need proof of citizenship such as certified copy of birth certificate (from state registrar's office) or naturalization certificate; proof of identity such as a valid driver's license, state or federal ID, or pilot's license; and two photographs of yourself taken within the last 6 month.

The photographs themselves are a little tricky as they must meet certain specifications from the passport agency. Your pictures must be two-inches-by-two-inches with a clear, front view with full face visible on a plain, light background, and you can get these taken at a number of places in the metro, including Walgreens, CVS, and FedEX Office locations.

Adults, considered to be those 16 and over, must pay $135 for passport books. Books for minors are $105. Cards cost $55 for adults and $40 for minors. Payments (only check, money order, or cashier's check) should be made out to the U.S. Department of State.

In addition, the passport location charges an execution fee of $25 for all applicants, which is separate from the application fee and should be made out to the Oklahoma County Court Clerk's office.

Processing Time and Additional Tips

With all of those things prepared, you can submit your application for a passport. Applications are then mailed to a processing agency, and it will be about six weeks before your passport is ready. Passport book processing can be expedited by paying an additional $60 per person, which cuts the time down to about three weeks—providing two pre-paid overnight envelopes will cut the time even further.

Keep in mind that school photos or snapshots won't be accepted, and the picture needs to have a light-colored background, and only a certified copy of your birth certificate obtained from the state or county will do—hospital birth certificates are not valid.

The execution fee may be paid in cash or by credit card; however, the Edmond location does not accept cash.