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Can I go to my local courthouse to get my passport?

by Kelly
(Fort Worth, TX, USA)

Question: I already have to go to the Courthouse to apply for/obtain my new social security card and want to know if I can do both at the same place. I also want to know if I can write a check or pay with my debit card instead of cash.

Answer: First of all, you need to apply for a Social Security card at the nearest Social Security Card Center. The address for the center in Fort Worth is listed below.

Social Security
RM 1-A-07 Federal Bldg
819 Taylor St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

It takes a couple of weeks for the card to be delivered to you.

If you already have a passport, then you may be eligible to renew it by mail. For a list of criteria, click the link below.

How to Renew Passport

If you are applying for a first-time passport, you need to submit application Form DS-11 at a local passport application acceptance facility. For a list of requirements, click the link below.

How To Apply for a New Passport

For a list of locations in Tarrant County, click the links below.

Tarrant County Passport Offices

Fort Worth Passport Offices

There are two fees for a new passport. The application fee is paid to the "Department of State". Personal checks, money orders and bank drafts can be used at all locations. Exact cash at some locations.

The execution fee is paid to the agent at the acceptance facility. Money orders and bank drafts can be used at all locations, payable as instructed by the Acceptance Facility. Personal checks and exact cash can be used at some locations.

Passport renewals by mail or new passports submitted at application facilities take 4-5 weeks to process unless you request expedited service. The fee for this extra service is $60 and will get your passport delivered in 2-3 weeks.

For faster service, schedule an appointment at the Dallas Passport Agency or apply through a professional expediter such as Fastport Passport

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UPDATE: Mailing delays and high demand are impacting passport processing. The Department of State's processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center and not when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility.

Standard service may take between 10 and 13 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 7 to 9 weeks excluding mailing times on the front and back end. Current mailing delays are significant. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

Regional passport agencies are offering two types of appointments: Life-of-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 3 business days.

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment.

For Urgent Travel Service, you need to call 14 days before your scheduled international travel or 28 days if you also need to secure a foreign visa.

If you need to travel urgently for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency, please call the NPIC.

A registered expedited passport courier can often assist in obtaining a passport as quickly as the same day. You can learn more about this service here.

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