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Passport for Coogs

pp4c-gen-info-landscape.png The UH Passport Facility is currently CLOSED and not taking any new passport appointments until further notice.

To find other passport facility locations, please visit the U.S. Department of State passport website. 

 

With the Passport for Coogs initiative, certain UH students currently enrolled may be eligible to have the cost of their U.S. passport book reimbursed!

To see a brief video on how to apply click here!  (Please note passport fees have changed since this video was made. View the Fee Schedule.)

The U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility

Our Passport Facility is currently closed. To find other passport facility locations, please visit the U.S. Department of State passport website

The Learning Abroad office at the University of Houston has been officially designated as a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility by the U.S. Department of State. As such, our acceptance agents are authorized to receive and execute your application for a U.S. passport book and/or passport card. It is also important to understand that only the U.S. Department of State can determine eligibility for a U.S. passport. It is the applicant's responsibility to have the proper documentation to apply for a U.S. passport. Please visit travel.state.gov or call 1-877-487-2778 for more information. 

Video - How to Apply for a U.S. Passport at UH

Watch the video to learn how to apply for a U.S. passport using the DS-11.

[Note: You do not need to make an appointment to RENEW your U.S. Passport unless you are a student who is eligible for  reimbursement . For renewals, simply mail in the renewal application ( DS-82) and the supporting materials via the U.S. Postal Service. To determine if you are a renewal, answer the screening questions on the first page of the DS-82.]

Renewals

The UH Passport Acceptance Facility does not process renewals as these must be completed and mailed in by the individual. Detailed instructions can be found online here.

Exception: Students who are elligible for the reimbursement must process their renewal in our office to receive the reimbursement.

Processing Times

The most up-to-date approximate processing times are located  here.

These are approximations and the UH Passport Acceptance Facility cannot guarantee processing times.

Please note that the UH Passport Acceptance Facility is unable to mail applications via Express Delivery, however applicants can add Overnight Return Delivery for an additional fee. 

If your travel is sooner than the processing times linked above, please contact the Houston Passport Agency at 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment with them.

Each Applicant Will Need The Following:

Application

  • Completed in advance of your appointment
  • Completed in black ink or via Form Filler
  • Printed single-sided

Proof of U.S. Citizenship

  • Original and one B&W photocopy submitted with application
  • Original will be returned to applicant via USPS by U.S. Department of State

Proof of Identification

  • Valid State of Texas ID
  • Color copy of front and back of ID (single-sided)

Photo

  • $10 for general public applicants; free for current UH students, faculty and staff

Payment

  • Applicants whose names differ between their proof of citizenship and proof of identification will also need to show proof of legal name change, such as original marriage certificate or  original court order showing the name change.
  • Originals will be submitted with application and returned to you via USPS by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Photo identification must match the current name, which should also be on the passport application.
  • A birth certificate * must be provided each time a minor is applying for a passport, even if they hold a previously issued U.S. Passport.
  • The minor must be present at time of application.
  • Valid photo identification is required for each parent who is listed on the birth certificate of the minor.
    • A photocopy of front and back of parents' valid identification is required.
  • Any parent listed on the birth certificate must be present at time of application (with valid proof of identification for each parent).
    • If out of state license, a secondary form of identification such as work or student identification card or Social Security Card must be provided.
    • If one parent is unable to come to the appointment, the parent who is unable to come to the appointment must complete a DS-3053, the Statement of Consent,  PER MINOR, and submit a color photocopy of the front and back of valid identification.  
      • The Statement of Consent must be notarized.
      • This documentation will be submitted with the minor's application.
      • Document must be completed in its entirety before notarization. Edits cannot legally be made once the form as been notarized. 
    • If one parent is unable to come to the appointment and that parent is unable to complete a DS-3053, the parent who attends the appointment must complete a DS-5525, the Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances.
    • If one parent is deceased, the original Certificate of Death must be provided.
      • Original will be submitted with application and returned to you via USPS by the U.S. Department of State.
    • If there is an official court order granting custody of the minor to another party, the original court order must be provided.
      • Originals will be submitted with application and returned to you via USPS by the U.S. Department of State.  
  • If the applicant does not have a form of primary identification (Driver's License or State ID), the applicant should provide two of the following: student ID with photo, work ID with photo, Social Security Card
  • The applicant should provide a color photocopy of the back and front of at least one parent's valid identification

Abstract of Birth

  • These are short-form versions of birth certificates that are typically ½ page documents and include minimal details

Long-Form Birth Certificate

  • Depending on the state, these are typically full-page documents that include full details of the parent(s) including their date(s) of birth and location(s) of birth 

Birth Certificates from Texas - All Long-Forms and Some Abstracts of Birth Are Acceptable

  • Abstracts of birth with the letter "I", for "Institution", located after the Date Filed or the File Number may be accepted
  • If you have a Texas Abstract of Birth with no "I", you will need to order a Long-Form Birth Certificate from the county in which you were born

Birth Certificates from California - Long-Form Birth Certificates Only

  • Abstracts of Birth are not accepted by the U.S. Department of State
  • If you have a California Abstract of Birth, you will need to order a Long-Form Birth Certificate from the county in which you were born

Reimbursement Eligibility

UH Student eligibility for U.S. Passport Reimbursement of the $130 passport application fee has changed effective December 27, 2021. 

Undergraduate and graduate students must be in the process of applying for a learning abroad program and must process their passports at the Passport for Coogs facility in order to be eligible for reimbursement. For more information about Reimbursement Eligibility visit the Reimbursement Eligibility website.

Location

Our passport facility is located on the University of Houston main campus in the Learning Abroad Office: Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, Suite 105.

4302 University Drive
Ezekiel Cullen Building Suite 105
Houston, Texas 77204
North Entrance: Next to the M.D. Anderson Library main entrance
West Entrance (Handicap Accessible): Opposite of the Cullen Performance Hall

The  Cullen Performance Hall, which has a large red UH banner above the entrance, does  not connect to the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. Please do not use this entrance.

Parking

Paid visitor parking is located in the  University of Houston Hilton Hotel Parking Garage (garage entrance on East side of building) or the  Welcome Center Parking Garage. Our office is about a five minute walk from either garage. 

Fee Schedule

Check or Money Order ONLY. Temporary & starter checks, cash, and cards cannot be accepted.

Payable to U.S. Department of State

Product/Service
  Adult (16 and older)     Minor (15 and under)  
Passport Book (Standard processing) $130.00 $100.00
Passport Card (Standard processing) $30.00 $15.00
Optional Expedited Processing $60.00
Optional Overnight Return Delivery   $18.32

Payable to University of Houston ( separate check or money order) :

Service Fee

Facility Execution Fee

for DS-11 applications only  

$35.00 per applicant

UH students billed the Facility Execution Fee to myUH account

Photocopies of

Official Documentation 

$1.00 per photocopy per applicant

Free for UH Students, Faculty, and Staff Applicants (family members excluded)

Passport FAQs

For a list of our most frequently asked questions about Passport and the "Passport for Coogs" initiative, please visit the  FAQs page