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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Getting a Passport

The very first thing you should do to start your study abroad experience is apply for a passport.

A passport is "an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the holder" (NAFSA). You cannot travel internationally without a passport. In addition, your passport must be good for at least 6 months after you return from your international destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What will I need?

To apply for a US passport, you will need the following:

  • Passport application
  • Two passport photos
  • Valid photo ID (driver's license)
  • Previous US passport, original certified birth certificate, or naturalization certificate/certificate of citizenship

For the most up-to-date and accurate passport requirements, plus everything else passport related (lost or stolen passports, passport corrections), check out the State Department's passport website.

How much will it cost?

In total, expect to pay about $145 - $200.

The Passport Fee from the US State Department is $110 and must be paid with a check or money order made out to "Department of State". The passport agency fee (charged by any office that processes passport applications) is $35 and can be paid by check, cash, debit, or credit depending on the agency's payment policy. Passport photos usually cost $8 - $15.


Where can I get a Passport?

There are two places in Canton where you can apply for a US passport:

  • The St. Lawrence County Clerk's Office: located in Building #2 on 48 Court Street.  The Clerk's Office processes passport applications and fees, and does take photos for an $8 fee. You can also have passport photos taken at most other major drug stores.

  • US Post Office: located on 100 Main Street, Canton. The Post Office processes applications, fees, and takes pictures for a fee of $15. (315) 386-4502

For an online passport application, go online here.

How long does it take to get a Passport, once I have applied for one?

Passports generally take 4 - 6 weeks to process.

You can, for an extra $60 fee (plus shipping costs) expedite your passport application if you feel it is necessary. For more details see the Get Your passport in a Hurry page of the State Department's website.