We highly recommend that students planning to study abroad apply for a passport at least 6 months prior to when they will go abroad.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own passports. If you do not yet have a current passport, you should apply for one as soon as possible. Passports should be valid for at least six months longer than you intend to be abroad and should have at least one blank page for your visa. It is important to obtain a passport early because visas for specific countries cannot be issued without a valid passport and some visas take a month or two to process.

U.S. Passports issued to individuals 16 years of age or older are valid for 10 years. If your passport has expired, please consult the passport section of the US State Department website to renew it. Depending on your eligibility, a choice of two forms will be offered to you.

Obtaining a Passport in Walla Walla
Locations & Instruction

Walla Walla County Clerk's Office
Mon. & Fri. 9am-12pm, Tues. - Thurs. 9am-4pm
check/cash only - photos not taken here
Walla Walla County Court House
315 W. Main Street
(509) 524-2780

Walla Walla Post Office
128 N. 2nd Avenue
(800) 275-8777 or (509) 522-3824
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (The Post Office requires appointments to process your application.)

Please take the following materials with you when you apply:

  • Completed Application for a U.S. Passport
  • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
    If you do not have a certified copy of your birth certificate, you must obtain one from the state in which you were born. To order a certified birth certificate contact the Vital Records Office or County Clerk's Office in the county where you were born. Some states offer an on-line ordering service for birth certificates. It may take several weeks to receive this document.
  • 2 Official Passport Photos
    Whitman Campus Security Office, Mem. 137
    (509) 527-5777 (call for appointment)
    $5.00/4 photos or free upload
  • Driver's License or Other Official Picture ID plus photocopy of the ID used to apply.
  • $75.00 check made out to the Department of State
  • $25.00 cash or separate check made out to the Walla Walla County Clerk or U.S. Postal Service

Once you have completed the application, you should allow approximately 6 weeks for the application to be processed and your passport to be sent to you.