Western’s Testing Center is an approved Department of State Passport Acceptance Facility

 

Please review the information below before scheduling an appointment.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, some Saturdays
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Appointments are required.

Instructions outlined below are if you are applying for a new passport or do not qualify for renewing your U.S. passport by mail. (See if you qualify.)

  • Use Form DS-11  for new in person application.
  • Use Form DS-82 for mail-in renewal application.

1) Schedule an in-person appointment

  • Schedule your appointment or call (360) 650-3080.
  • You will be asked for your name, number of applicants, whether this is a new or renewal application, phone number and email address.
  • An email will be sent explaining what to bring.  All applicants must confirm or cancel their appointment within 24 hours prior to arrival.
  • A $35.00 acceptance fee per application to Western Washington University will be collected at the time of application.
  • Use Form DS-11  for new in person application.

2) Prepare in advance of your appointment

a. New Adult Applicant Checklist

Please have the following ready before your appointment:

  • Completed DS-11 Form in black ink.
  • Citizenship Evidence: Submit one of the following original documents along with a photocopy [front and back] of the document.
    • U.S. Birth Certificate 
    • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. Passport (may be expired) 
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Certificate of Naturalization 
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Valid Identification: Washington State driver’s license or any of the ID’s listed on the state's travel website
  • Passport Photo: see requirements at travel.state.gov.

For more information about proving Citizenship, please visit the Citizenship Evidence page at https://travel.state.gov/.

c. Minor Applicant Checklist (16-17 yrs.)

Please have the following ready before your appointment:

  • Completed DS-11 Form in black ink.
  • Citizenship Evidence: Submit one of the following original documents along with a photocopy [front and back] of the document. 
    • U.S. Birth Certificate 
    • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. Passport (may be expired) 
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Certificate of Naturalization 
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Passport Photo: see requirement at travel.state.gov.
  • Show parental awareness: You must show at least one parent or legal guardian is aware that you are applying for a passport by bringing in a photocopy of a parents Driver’s license or by using a personal check or money order with a parent’s name on it to pay for the application fees. For more information, please see Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program.
  • Passports for applicants 16 and older are valid for 10 years.

*See information on acceptable documents.

d. Minor Applicants Checklist (15 and under)

Please have the following ready before your appointment. (Both parents or legal guardians must be present with the child.)

  • Completed DS-11 Form in black ink.
  • Citizenship Evidence: Submit one of the following original documents along with a photocopy [front and back] of the document. 
    • U.S. Birth Certificate 
    • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. Passport (may be expired) 
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Certificate of Naturalization 
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Passport Photo: see requirement at travel.state.gov.
  • Proof of Parental Relationship: Original or certified copy of U.S. birth certificate with parent names and photocopy [front and back].
  • Parents Valid Identification: Each parent must provide a valid Washington State driver’s license or valid U.S. passport along with photocopy [front and back ], or any of the additional forms of acceptable ID’s listed on the state's travel website.
  • Passports are only good for 5 years.

See information on acceptable documents.

Video to help explain how to apply for your Child's Passport.

3) Your in-person appointment

  • Be prepared with correct documentation and photocopies. If you do not have your paperwork ready to go in time of your appointment, you may be required to reschedule.
  • Remember both parents or guardians must be present with child at the appointment for ages under 16 yrs. (See exceptions to this requirement.)
  • Please wait in your car and call (360) 650-3080 before entering the building. Masks are required.

4) U.S. passport fees

  • Information about passport fees can be found online at Passport Fees.
  • The $35.00 per applicant acceptance fee is paid directly to Western Washington University.
  • All other passport fees will be paid by check, cashier’s check, or money order at the time of your appointment and must be addressed to the “U.S. Department of State.”
     

5) Information on choosing the service that fits your needs

Please see the Passport fee chart.

Mail delays are impacting the type of service you may need. Processing times begin the day they are received by the U.S. Passport Processing Center, not the date the application is submitted.

  • Routine processing is 8-11 weeks (does not include shipping to and from)  
  • Expedite processing is 5-7 weeks (does not include shipping to and from)  
  • One-to-two-day delivery for the return of your new passport is available for an extra fee, but this fee will not speed up the processing time.

6) Life-or-death emergency appointments and urgent travel (non-emergency)

Passport agencies are open by appointment only for life-or-death appointments and urgent travel (non-emergency), but only through the Department of State (not Western Washington University). Learn more about rushing your passport.