Hardin County |
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
If making an application for a minor under age 16, the minor and both parents must be present. If one parent cannot be present, the minor and one parent may appear and the other parent must have completed the DS-3053: Statement of Consent Form (PDF) that is signed and notarized. Both parents are also required to provide a copy of the front and back of their photo identification to be sent in with the application. If one or more parent is unable to appear or provide a Statement of Consent, please contact the Auditor's Office at 641-939-8110 for additional information.
For More InformationView some quick facts about obtaining passports for children under the age of 16.
For an applicant ages 16 and 17 years of age, one parent is required to appear with the child or provide a DS-3053: Statement of Consent Form (PDF) signed and notarized. The parent is also required to provide a copy of the front and back of their photo identification. It is not required that the minor applicant aged 16 and 17 submit photo identification if a parent is there to identify them, but it is recommended that they also provide their photo identification.
For More InformationView a guide regarding obtaining passports for children aged 16 and 17.
Fees are collected with two separate payments at the time of the application:
No debit or credit cards are accepted for payment.
For More Information
For more information, view the online passport fees guide and calculator, or download a copy of the Fee Chart (PDF).
Routine service passports are processed in approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the time of application, including mail time. Expedited service passports are processed in approximately 2 - 3 weeks.
The expedite fee is $60 per application, in addition to the required fees.
You will need to apply using form DS-11 and form DS-64 Statement of Lost or Stolen Passport.
As always, you will also need proof of citizenship and proof of identity. For most people, this will be a driver’s license and a birth certificate.
Documentation requirements have changed over the years for security reasons. You must have a birth certificate issued by the state or county of your birth, not the hospital.
It must have your parents’ names listed, the location and date of birth, date filed, and have an official raised seal.
If your original document does not contain all of the information, you will need to obtain a certified copy from the state or county of your birth.
No. We are always happy to assist you on a first come, first served basis. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Be advised that there are many third-party couriers on the internet that advertise expedited passport processing for a hefty fee. Most of these fees are more than double what you would normally pay for your passport and expedite fee.
If you or someone you know can appear in person in Minneapolis to obtain your passport, you will save yourself time and money. The “hand-carry” procedure allows you to apply in person at our office and then hand-deliver the package to Minneapolis.
We will be happy to explain the process to you in person or by phone at 641-939-8108.
1215 Edgington Avenue Suite 1 Eldora, IA 50627
Monday - Friday
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM