Information on U.S. Passports

Applying or Renewing Your U.S. Passport

Students, faculty/staff, and community members that travel abroad must travel with an approved travel document.  Citizens of the United States must have a valid U.S. passport to enter other countries; in some cases, student or tourist visas are required to legally enter and reside in other countries.  For questions about visas, please contact the Office of International Education.

Passports are currently estimated to take 12 - 18 weeks to arrive, so please give yourself plenty of time to receive your passport prior to travel.  In the event of an emergency, applicants are able to expedite their U.S. passport for an additional $60.  Expedited passports currently take approximately 6 - 12 weeks to arrive after the application has been submitted.

Students that obtained a passport prior to age 18 and those planning to change their gender markers will need to apply for a new passport.  Information on applying for passports can be found below.  More information on U.S. passports can be found on the United States Department of State website.

First-time applicants and individuals changing their gender markers are required to submit the following materials as part of their passport application.  Students that obtained their first passport before age 18 will be required to apply for a new passport. 

  • Completed DS-11 application
  • An original birth certificate, with seal (must have both parents' names on birth certificate)
  • Photo identification (driver's license, state ID)
  • Photocopy of front and back of photo identification
  • Application fee ($110 check payable to US Department of State, $25 execution fee)*
  • One passport-sized photo (2 x 2 color photo showing full face, plain white or off-white background, neutral face expression)**

*Other fees may apply.

**Photos can be taken at drug stores (Rite Aid, WalMart, Target, etc.) or at a United States Postal Service location.  Please be aware that there is a charge for photos.

Applicants wishing to renew their passport are required to submit the following materials as part of their passport application. Students that obtained their first passport before age 18 will be required to apply for a new passport.

  • Completed DS-82 application

  • Most recent passport book, undamaged
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate or court order if your name has changed
  • Application fee ($110 check payable to US Department of State, $25 execution fee)*
  • One passport-sized photo (2 x 2 color photo showing full face, plain white or off-white background, neutral face expression)**

*Other fees may apply.

**Photos can be taken at drug stores (Rite Aid, WalMart, Target, etc.) or at a United States Postal Service location.  Please be aware that there is a charge for photos.

There are many places to apply for your passport near campus and within Western New York.  If you are not from the area, please research locations that accept U.S. passport applications.

US Post Office
21 Day St.
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716-672-6756)

US Post Office
410 Central Ave.
Dunkirk, NY 14048
(716-366-1780)

Chautauqua County Clerk
1 N. Erie St.
Mayville, NY 14757
(716-753-4523)

Buffalo Passport Agency
111 Genesee St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
(1-877-487-2778)

*For emergency expedited passports only. 

The U.S. State Department allows individuals to select the gender printed on their US passport, regardless of what gender is listed on supporting documents such as birth certificates, previous passports, or state-issued ID. Individuals no longer require medical certification to change the gender marker on their passport.

At this time, individuals may only select M or F as gender markers, but long term plans include adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and non-conforming persons. Applicants wishing to change their gender markers must apply as first-time applicants using form DS-11.

More information is available on the US Department of State website.

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