Processing Times

Routine service turn around is approximately 6-8 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. Processing times begin the day Passport Services receives the application at the acceptance facility. Mail times vary across the country. Delays are possible. Please plan ahead.

Please check with Passport Services at 1-888-874-7793 for more detailed processing information. 

Passports can be expedited for an additional $60 fee. Processing time for expedited passport processing approximately 2-3 weeks.

Visit the U.S. Department of State passport website for more information.

Renew By Mail

Adults with 10-year passports can renew them by mail instead of appearing in person. 


The Linn County Recorder's Office is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays. To ensure same day services, please arrive by 4:00 p.m.

The United States Postal Service is still taking passport applications by appointment only. For more information, scheduling, and hours of operation please visit the USPS website.

For questions about Passports, please call our office at 319-892-5420 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

The following items are required when applying for a passport. Please bring the following items with you:

  • One color passport photo- a photo can be taken at the Recorder’s Office for a fee of $15 
  • A certified copy of your birth record (hospital certificates are not accepted).
  • A photo ID 
  • Completed application (do not sign)
  • Check or Money Order

All applicants must appear in person. Applications must be signed in the presence of a passport acceptance agent.

Minor Children

Both parents are required to appear with a minor under age 16 or a notarized affidavit from absentee parent is required explaining why they are unable to appear, and a copy of their driver’s license - front and back. 


*Two payments are collected at the time of passport execution. 

The Linn County Recorder charges a $35 passport execution fee that can be made payable by check, money order, cash, or credit card.

The remaining amount is for the passport application portion going to Passport Services. This portion must be made payable to the US Department of State and must be made in the form of check or money order.

Review more passport information at

Passport Book Pricing

Under 165 years$100*
16 and Over10 years$130*

*On December 27, the U.S. Department of State Passport Services increased fees for a passport book by $20 for all customers.

Passport Card Pricing

Under 165 years$15*
16 and Over10 years$30*