Donna Kay McKinney
District Clerk


Brady Satcher
Chief Deputy

Melissa Plate
Senior Division Chief

Chris Castillo
Division Chief - Records & Finance

Anthony Cantu
Division Chief - Criminal Operations

Tony Casarez
Division Chief -Central Magistrate

Jackie Ibarra
Division Chief - Civil Operations


DISTRICT CLERK OFFICES


Downtown - Main Location
Paul Elizondo Tower
101 W Nueva, Suite 217
San Antonio, TX 78205-3411
(210) 335-2113
All mail should be directed to this address

Tejeda Juvenile Justice Center
235 E. Mitchell
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 335-1171

Records & Training Center
This facility requires an appointment

All above Locations are Open
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm,
Excluding County Holidays


Bexar County Central Magistrate
401 S. Frio St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 335-6111
Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week






BEXAR COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK PASSPORT SERVICE CENTER

US Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Passport Services


To Download Passport Applications and Forms, click here


Frequently Asked Questions About U.S. Passports

  • WHAT IS A PASSPORT?

    A passport is a license to travel outside of the United States into or through other countries. It is our government's assurance to other governments that the bearer is a citizen or a national of the United States and may be extended the usual courtesies and assistance afforded international travelers in accordance with international law and practices as well as reciprocal privileges usually embodied in formal agreements. Passports are issued by the Secretary of State.

  • WHO NEEDS A PASSPORT?

    • Anyone who has family living abroad including parents and spouses of U.S. military personnel;
    • Business or technical support personnel whose jobs require foreign travel;
    • Students and faculty members who are in an academic program that requires foreign study;
    • Athletes who participate in athletic programs with a likelihood of overseas competition;
    • Anyone planning vacation or holiday travel within one year;
    • Travel industry personnel;
    • Entertainers and other artists.

    If one of the above pertains to you, it would be to your advantage to apply for a passport, regardless of whether or not you have immediate travel plans. The best time to apply for a passport is between September and February. March through August is generally considered the peak season where passport volume can increase dramatically and customers might experience delays in processing.

  • HOW DO I APPLY?

    To apply for a passport, you will need to provide:

    • Proof of United States citizenship
      • An original or certified copy of your birth certificate (Natural-born citizens born in San Antonio may obtain certified copies from the Metropolitan Health District at 719 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio, Texas, telephone (210) 207-8815
      • A prior adult U.S. passport book or card (10 year validity)
      • A consular report of birth abroad of a U.S. Citizen
      • A naturalization certificate
    • Proof of your identity
      • Texas driver's license or identification card
      • Military I.D. card
      • Out-of-state driver's license or identification card (If your I.D. is out-of-state, you must also bring a secondary form of I.D. such as a social security card, bank card, concealed handgun license, etc.)
    • Recent color photograph
    • Fees (money order/cashier's check or personal check AND cash)
  • WHAT ARE THE PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH REQUIREMENTS?

    You will need to provide two (2) passport-sized photographs. If you are unable to bring photographs with you, the District Clerk's Office will take the photos for you at a fee of $15.00 a set (cash only). Photographs should be 2 x 2 inches in size. The image size measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (including hair) should be not less than 1 inch or more than 1-3/8 inches.


    • Type and Quality

      Photographs must be in color. They should be printed on photo quality paper capable of withstanding a mounting pressure of up to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Caution: Most vending machine prints are not able to withstand the mounting temperature or will not adhere properly to the passport page and therefore are not acceptable for use in passports. Matte or other sprays designed to produce a dull or non-glossy finish should not be used. Retouched photographs are not acceptable. Photographs with waxed back or other coating which lessen adhesiveness are unacceptable.

    • Digitized Photographs

      If you choose to submit digitized photos, they must meet the same requirements of all passport photographs. In addition, digitized photographs are always produced on digital printers. Some printers will produce a photograph in which the dots are seen. Visible dots distort the image by making it look grainy. Acceptable photos have a continuous tone image that looks very photo-like.

    • Pose

      Photographs should be portrait-type prints. They must be clear, front view, full face, with a plain, light (white or off-white) background. Photographs which depict the applicant as relaxed and smiling are encouraged.

    • Attire

      Photographs should be taken in street or travel attire without hat or other headgear which obscures the hair or hairline, unless the headgear is part of religious attire which is worn daily. Uniforms of any type should not be in passport photographs with the exception of religious attire worn daily. If prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig, or similar articles are normally and consistently worn, they should be worn when the photograph is taken. If a glare is visible in the photo, prescription glasses must be removed and the photo taken without them. Dark glasses or non-prescriptive glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons. A medical certificate is required to support the wearing of such glasses in photographs.

    • Air Travel

      Implemented on January 23, 2007, ALL PERSONS traveling by AIR are required to present a passport book and other valid travel documents to enter or re-enter the United States.

    • Land and Sea Travel

      The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security's website. As of June 1, 2009, the departments implemented the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have either a U.S. passport card; a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI; a valid Merchant Mariner Document (MMD) when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business; or a valid U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders.

    • Children

      For minors under age 16, both parents or the child's legal guardian(s) must appear and you will need to provide:

      • Proof of the minor's U.S. citizenship
        • An original or a certified copy of your birth certificate (Natural-born citizens born in San Antonio may obtain certified copies from the Metropolitan Health District at 719 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio, Texas, telephone (210) 207-8815)
        • A consular report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen
        • A naturalization certificate
      • Proof of the minor's relationship to parents/guardian(s)
        • An original or a certified copy of your birth certificate (Natural-born citizens born in San Antonio may obtain certified copies from the Metropolitan Health District at 719 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio, Texas, telephone (210) 207-8815)
        • A consular report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen
      • Parental/guardian identification
        • Texas driver's license or identification card
        • Military I.D. card
        • Out-of-state driver’s license or identification card (If your I.D. is out-of-state, you must also bring a secondary form of I.D. such as a social security card, bank card, concealed handgun license, etc.)
      • Recent color photograph
      • Fees (money order/cashier’s check or personal check AND cash)


      If only one parent appears, you must also submit one of the following:

      • Second parent's notarized form DS-3053 (statement of consent or special circumstances). It can not be more than 3 months old and must come with a photocopy of the front and back side of the second parent’s identification used with the notary, OR
      • Second parent's death certificate if second parent is deceased, OR
      • Primary evidence of sole authority to apply
        • A certified copy of the final divorce decree or order for parent-child relationship stating you have sole managing conservatorship or you have the sole authority to apply for the minor’s passport without the other parent present, OR
      • Notarized form DS-3053 explaining in detail the second parent's unavailability.


      Each minor child applying for a passport book and/or passport card must appear in person.

  • HOW MUCH DOES A PASSPORT COST?

    You must bring a money order/cashier's check or personal check AND cash. The passport fee must be paid in a money order/cashier’s check or personal check because it is sent with the application to National Passports for processing/issuance and must be made payable to the U.S. Department of State. A $25.00 execution fee is charged to accept the application and must be paid in cash or money order/cashier’s check. For passports, an applicant is considered an adult at 16 years old, while 15 years and under are considered minors. Please keep in mind, service begins the day National Passports receives the application for processing. Routine service is 4-6 weeks and expedited service is 2-3 weeks. If you would like to use expedited service, an additional fee of $60.00 must be included in the money order/cashier's check or personal check. An optional overnight delivery fee of $12.85 can be added to expedited service to shave off the mailing time once the passport book has been issued. The overnight delivery fee is not available for passport cards.


    Please refer to the table below for a summary of the above information if needed:

    Passport Fee based on Type and Service
    Passport Fee
    (money order/cashier's check or personal check)
    Routine Service
    (4-6 weeks)
    Expedited Service
    (2-3 weeks)
    Expedited Services & Overnight Delivery Fee
    (2-3 weeks)
    Book: Adult $110.00 $170.00 $182.85
    Book: Minor $80.00 $140.00 $152.85
    Card: Adult $30.00 $90.00 N/A
    Card: Minor $15.00 $75.00 N/A

    Execution Fee: $25.00 for each applicant (cash or money order/cashier's check)

    Picture Fee: $15.00 for each applicant (cash or money order/cashier's check)

  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PASSPORT BOOK AND CARD?

    The passport book can be used for any mode of travel: air, land, and all sea travel. The passport card can only be used for land and some sea travel.

  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE A PASSPORT?

    Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your passport. Expedited passports will be sent to you within 3 weeks from the date received by National Passports. Any travel booked before the 3 week mark, you must contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 (TDD: 1-888-874-7793) to make an appointment with the nearest regional passport facility for one day service. In this case, it will be the Houston Passport Facility.

  • WHERE DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

    The District Clerk's Passport Acceptance Facility is located on the 2nd floor of the Paul Elizondo Tower or you may call (210) 335-2617 and ask to speak with a passport acceptance agent. If you are unsure about any of the above information or require information about anything not explained above, please do not hesitate to contact us.


    For more information, visit:
    http://www.travel.state.gov