The Hardin County Auditor's office accepts passport applications for U.S. citizens planning international travel and may apply for their passports Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please call the Auditor's Office at 641-939-8108 to make an appointment.

Passport photos may also be taken each day in the Auditor's office for $15 (cash or check) per person. 

A pair of stacked and closed United States Passport books

Passport Books & Cards

Applicants may apply for either a passport book or a passport card. The passport book and passport card are valid for 10 years for adults age 16 and above. The passport book and passport card are valid for 5 years for minors under age 16.

For More Information

For more information on which type of passport you may need, access a helpful online guide to the differences between the passport book and the passport card provided by the U.S. Department of State.

Applying for a U.S. Passport

First-Time Passport Application

In order to obtain a first-time passport, applicants must complete the Application for a U.S. Passport. Applications need to be completed with black ink. If any errors are made, start over on a new form. Do not use whiteout or draw a line through the error.

Applications & Forms
Access passport applications and forms online on the U.S. Department of State website.

Forms of Payment
The Auditor's Office will accept cash or check for the acceptance fee (for new passports) and for photos. The check can be made out to Hardin County.
The Department of State will accept check or money order for the passport fee.
No debit or credit cards are accepted for payment.

  1. Required Documents
  2. Applicants Under 18 Years
  3. Fees & Processing

Necessary Documents

Application for a U.S. Passport requires you to bring documents authenticating evidence of U.S. citizenship and identification. You must have one document for each; photocopies and notarized copies are not acceptable for this application process.

We have provided lists of acceptable documents for both citizenship and identification, including:
  • Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
    • Previously issued, undamaged, and fully valid U.S. Passport.
    • Certificate of Citizenship
    • Certified U.S. birth certificate (must meet all of the following requirements):
      • Issued by the City, County, or State of birth. Cannot be hospital issued.
      • Lists bearer's full name, date of birth, and place of birth.
      • Lists parent(s) full names.
      • Has date filled with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth).
      • Has registrar's signature.
      • Has seal of issuing authority.
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Naturalization Certificate
  • Primary Identification
    • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport.
    • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
    • Fully valid driver's license
    • Current government employee ID (city, state, or federal)
    • Current military ID (military and dependents)