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Passport Information

A valid passport book is required for participation in all international study programs. If you are planning to participate in a study abroad program and do not have a valid passport, you’ll need to begin the application or renewal process now. Acquiring or renewing a passport does not have to be difficult, but it can take some time.

The information provided below is intended to give you general information about acquiring or renewing a U.S. passport. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website.

 

Passport Validity

U.S. youth passports (issued at 15 years of age or younger) are valid for five (5) years. U.S. adult passports (issued at age 16 or older) are valid for ten (10) years. It is advised that you renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Some countries require that your passport be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

 

Applying for an Adult Passport

If you are applying for your first adult passport, or if your passport was lost or stolen, you must apply in person. There are several Passport Acceptance Facilities located just a short distance from HPU, including:

  • The City of High Point’s Post Office is located at 315 E. Green Street, High Point, NC 27260, two (2) miles from the HPU campus. Hours of Passport Acceptance are 9:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Passport photos may be taken on site for $15. Payments for the application fee and execution fee can be made via cash, credit/debit card, check, and money order. Applications are accepted by appointment only. Call in advance to schedule your appointment: 1(800) 275-8777.
  • The Kernersville Post Office is located at 325 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, eleven (11) miles from the HPU campus. Hours of Passport Acceptance are 9:00am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday and 10:00am to 11:00am, Saturday. Passport photos are not able to be taken on site. Payments for the application fee can be made via check or money order. Payments for the execution fee can be made via cash, credit/debit card, check, and money order. Money orders can be purchased on site. Applications are accepted by appointment only. Call in advance to schedule your appointment: 1(800) 275 -8777.
  • The Clerk of Court Davidson County is located at 110 W. Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292, twenty (20) miles from the HPU campus. Hours of Passport Acceptance are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Passport photos are not able to be taken on site. Payments for the application fee can be made via personal check or money order. Payments for the execution fee can be made via cash only. No appointment is required. Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-served basis.

Passport Application Process

  1. Complete Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport.

    NOTE: Do not sign the DS-11 application form until the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so.

  1. Submit Completed Form DS-11 In Person. 
  1. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship:
    • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
    • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county, or state
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Naturalization Certificate
    • Certificate of Citizenship

    All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you. These documents will be delivered with your newly issued U.S. passport or in a separate mailing.

    More information on the types of documents that are accepted is posted on the U.S. Department of State website.

  1. Present Identification:
    • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
    • Naturalization Certificate
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Current Governement ID (city, state, or federal)
    • Current Military ID (military and dependents)

    More information on the types of documents that are accepted is posted on the U.S. Department of State website.

  1. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented (Step 4)

    Bring a photocopy of the front and back of each ID document that you will present when you apply. Photocopies must be made on the fronts only of 8.5″ by 11″ paper.

  1. Pay the Applicable Fee. 

    For applicants age 16 and older, the passport application fee is $110 made payable to the U.S. Department of State plus an acceptance fee (for non-renewal or first-time adult passport applicants) of $25 made payable to the Postmaster, totaling $135. During application, a passport card can be issued for an additional $30 passport fee. An expedited passport application will add an extra $60 fee plus overnight delivery costs.

  1. Provide One Passport Photo.

 

Processing Times

Routine service is usually around 6-8 weeks. Expedited service is approximately 2-4 weeks, plus mailing time. Because unforeseen events can delay routine service, the U.S. Department of State suggests that you choose expedited service if you need your passport within 10 weeks.

 

The Passport Card

The passport card is a wallet-size card that can only be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Because the passport card is not valid for any air travel, High Point University requires travelers on all international study abroad programs carry the traditional passport book.

HPU Passport ID

The High Point University Passport ID card is not an official, government issued, travel document. You must have a valid U.S. passport to participate in any of High Point University’s international programs.

CONTACT THE OFFICE OF STUDY ABROAD

The Office of Study Abroad is located in Cottrell Hall, Suite 142. Building #12 on the HPU Campus Map.

Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Email: studyabroad@highpoint.edu

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