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Columbia County Clerks Office: Passport Office in St Helens OR

Last Reviewed on December 17th, 2023


Location:
Columbia County Clerks Office
Address:
230 Strand Street Courthouse
 
St Helens, OR 97051
 
Hours of Operation Shown in (PST)
Monday
8:30AM - 4:15PM
Tuesday
8:30AM - 4:15PM
Wednesday
8:30AM - 4:15PM
Thursday
8:30AM - 4:15PM
Friday
8:30AM - 4:15PM


Handicap Accessible (ADA): Yes

Passport Photos: No, you will need to get passport photos taken before going there. Here is our passport photo guide for reference and here is a list of places to get passport photos in St Helens.


St Helens Passport Office: Columbia County Clerks Office Location Overview

Columbia County Clerks Office is an acceptance agent/passport office. For passport service in St Helens, OR you can go here for passport help. Columbia County Clerks Office is a County / State facility that is able to witness your signature and seal your passport documents - standard processing is 4-8 weeks. This office DOES NOT issue passports, they will send your passport forms directly to a regional passport facility. There are NO other passport acceptance agent offices located in St Helens. Columbia County Clerks Office is located in County, Oregon.

About Columbia County Clerks Office

Columbia County Clerks Office is not a passport issuance facility and you will NOT receive a passport on-site there. This facility is an acceptance agent, the Columbia County Clerks Office is sort of like a special notary for the Department of State / Passport Agency in which they can "Witness" your signature and officially "Seal" your application and documents. There is a separate $35 fee for this that is paid at the time of sealing.

Needs to visit an acceptance agent
New Passports Application (Child or Adult)
Lost / Damaged Passport Replacement

Doesn't need to visit an acceptance agent
Passport Renewal
Passport Name Change Application

Passport Processing Times at Columbia County Clerks Office

Standard Processing - Because of Covid-19, the current processing times are 10-12 weeks after submitting an application.

Expedited Processing - You can pay an extra $60 when sealing your documents at Columbia County Clerks Office to get your passport quicker, typically in 4-6 weeks.

Emergency Processing - (NOT AVAILABLE at Columbia County Clerks Office): If you have proof of travel within 3 days you can request an emergency appointment at one of the regional passport offices close to St Helens. Also see our info about 3rd-party passport expediters.

Nearest Regional Passport Offices to St Helens, OR

Seattle Passport Agency - 105.9 Miles
San Francisco Passport Agency - 486.2 Miles
Los Angeles Passport Agency - 737.9 Miles

Passport Services Offered at Columbia County Clerks Office

Passport Forms - If you need to pick up a physical pre-printed application that you can fill out by hand, the Columbia County Clerks Office will have pre-printed passport forms. You may also get passport forms from our website and print them on your own printer.

Passport Document Sealing / Passport Application Signature Witness - Columbia County Clerks Office is an official Acceptance Agent as appointed by the Department of State. Certain municipal and postal employees at this location are authorized to "Witness" your signature (kind of like a notary).
NOTE: not required for passport renewals
Acceptance Agent fee is $35 (see more about Acceptance Agent Fees)

4-6 week passport expediting / 10-12-week standard passport service - These are the standard processing times for passports at any acceptance agent.

Columbia County Clerks Office Service Area Radius

This passport office is located in - Columbia County and serves the passport needs for residents of other nearby zipcodes including: 97051, 97053, 97054, 97018, 97056, 97048, 97064, 97231, 98642, 97133, 98660, 98674, 98629, 98685, 98687, 98666, 97109, 98686, 97106

Frequently asked questions

How fast can I get a passport at Columbia County Clerks Office?

Columbia County Clerks Office does not issue passports, they are sent to a central processing facility, it will take at a minimum of 4 weeks if using expedited service and up to 12 weeks for standard processing.

I need a passport sooner than that, what are my options?

It's about 220 miles roundtrip, so it is pretty far from St Helens to Seattle Passport Agency, the closest passport issuing agency. You might want to consider using a passport expediting service to save you the time of going there yourself.

Does Columbia County Clerks Office charge for passports?

Columbia County Clerks Office is an acceptance agent, Columbia County Clerks Office does not issue passports – they do however charge the standard $35 acceptance agent fee to seal your documents, this is only required for new or replacement passport applications; renewals do not need to be sealed and thus no acceptance agent fee is required. Please see our detailed information on passport fees.

Can I get walk-in passport service at Columbia County Clerks Office?

If by walk-in service you mean get your passport there at Columbia County Clerks Office? Then no. They do not issue passports, you can get walk-in passport issuance at a regional passport facility only, not local acceptance agent facilities; passport are sent to a central processing location.

Does Columbia County Clerks Office do passport renewals?

If you have your expired or soon-to-be expired passport, it is in good condition and the validity period on your expired passport was for 10-years, then you do not even need to visit an acceptance agent. You can do your application online, print-it and send it in with new passport photos, the old passport, and the required passport fees. See our guide about passport renewals to renew your passport yourself.

Can Columbia County Clerks Office tell me about the status of my application?

No, they are acceptance agents and have nothing to do with the application once they witness your signature and seal your application. Once an application is in-process, Columbia County Clerks Office will not be able to assist any further.

Does Columbia County Clerks Office take passport photos?

No, you will have to get your passport photo taken before you go to Columbia County Clerks Office for the sealing of your passport. Do not go there without getting passport photos first or you will not get your application sealed. Here's the list of locations to get passport photos in St Helens.

What forms of payment does Columbia County Clerks Office accept?

At Columbia County Clerks Office, the passport acceptance fees can be paid for with a check, cash, money order or debit card. Passport Fees can only be paid with a check or money order.

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