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Altoona, Iowa Passport Office Information

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Passport Guide for Altoona

Residents of Altoona in Polk County, Iowa have only a single location from which they can get a passport application sealed at. The passport agent in Altoona can provide you with passport forms or witness your signature and seal your passport documents (if you don't need your passport application sealed then you do not need to visit an acceptance agent). Besides the 1 passport office here in Altoona, there are (105) other passport offices in Iowa from which you can get a passport application sealed at. If you are not needing a passport for at least (4-6) weeks, you can visit the sole passport acceptance agent listed below the map on this web page. If you need it faster than that, please see: closest regional passport offices to Altoona, Iowa and Expedited Passport service options for Altoona.

How to Get a Passport in Altoona, Iowa

Getting a passport in Altoona is easy, it depends on what type of passport application you are doing and how quickly you need it processed. We've written the following passport guides, it doesn't matter if you are in Altoona or not as the process will be similar regardless of where you are, The standard passport processing times right now are 10 to 12 weeks to receive your passport.

* Anyone applying for a new passport in Altoona will need to visit a passport office.
* Altoona isn't near a passport agency, you could try a passport service or arrange to travel to one of the regional offices.
* To renew your passport, you do NOT need to visit a passport office.

Please select the appropriate guide from the list:

Passport Renewal in Altoona

Just a quick note about passport renewals because it will save you a lot of time, money, and hassles. It doesn't matter where you are, if you are in Altoona or any other city in Iowa or any other state for that matter. If you have your old passport that is in good condition, it expired less than 5 years ago (or hasn't expired yet) and you are an adult - you can simply do your renewal paperwork online at the Department of State / Bureau of Consular Affairs and mail it in with new passport photos. It is currently taking 10-12 weeks standard processing or 4-6 weeks for expedited processing. If you need to renew it faster, you MUST have proof of travel and you must visit a regional passport office yourself, the closest ones to Altoona are listed below. If this is not possible or you want to avoid going there yourself, please only then consider using a passport expediter.

Passport Office in Altoona, IA

Altoona Post Office
300 8th St SE
Altoona IA, 50009

Looking for a passport office in Altoona? There are hundreds of such offices in Iowa. These local passport offices are typically post offices, county clerk offices, and other government offices (Keep in mind: that not all county clerks, and not all post offices are acceptance agents). These ofices don't issue passports but witness your signature and officially seal your passport application. There is a $35 fee for sealing your application and supporting documentation. Renewals do not need to visit an acceptance agent.

There is only a single passport office in Altoona.

Altoona Post Office
300 8th St SE
Altoona, IA 50009

Additional passport offices that are located near Altoona Iowa:
Des Moines Post Office - Des Moines - 7.6 Miles
Polk County, IA, Recorder's Office - Des Moines - 7.9 Miles
Capitol Square Station - Des Moines - 8 Miles
Ankeny Post Office - Ankeny - 8.7 Miles
Ash Creek Station, Des Moines, IA - Urbandale - 13.4 Miles
Norwalk Post Office - Norwalk - 13.6 Miles
City of Huxley - Huxley - 16.8 Miles
Warren County Recorder - Indianola - 17.3 Miles
Newton Post Office - Newton - 18.6 Miles
Story County Recorder - Nevada - 22.8 Miles

Passport Service for Cities Near Altoona

Residents of the following close by cities looking to get a passport should consider using these passport office(s) located in Altoona for document sealing.

Altoona Iowa, Mitchellville Iowa, Des Moines Iowa, Ankeny Iowa, Elkhart Iowa, Hartford Iowa, Urbandale Iowa, West Des Moines Iowa, Alleman Iowa, Polk City Iowa, Grimes Iowa, Cambridge Iowa, Spring Hill Iowa, Monroe Iowa, Waukee Iowa, Madrid Iowa, Melbourne Iowa, Ames Iowa, Saint Charles Iowa, Pella Iowa

Regional Passport Offices Close to Altoona

These are passport issuing facilities. You will need to make an appointment and present proof of upcoming travel but in most cases, you will be able to get passport renewal, new passports, child passports, or a lost passport replacement Same Day or Next Day.

Chicago Passport Agency - 261.2 Miles
Arkansas Passport Center - 430.3 Miles
Detroit Passport Agency - 465.8 Miles
Colorado Passport Agency - 531.1 Miles
Dallas Passport Agency - 555 Miles

Passport Expediting in Altoona, Iowa

In a hurry and travelling soon? You can use a company that expedites passports in Altoona. Passport expediting companies charge their own set of fees for their service in addition to the government passport application fee and government expediting fee. The cost gets more expensive the faster your passport is needed and it's actually not any faster than visiting a regional passport office yourself. However, using an expediting service is highly convenient as you won't have to go to a regional passport office yourself (for any DS11 application, you will still need to visit a local acceptance agent to get your documents sealed).

Read more about 3rd Party Passport Expediting

Frequently Asked Questions About Passports in Altoona, Iowa

What is the application process of getting a passport in Altoona?

Getting a passport is pretty much the process same wherever you are, the downside to being in Altoona and needing a passport is that there is no regional passport office nearby. If you need a passport quickly, you will have limited options. With most new passport applicants, the journey will start by going to a local acceptance agent; there is only one passport office in Altoona.

The basic process: fill out the DS-11 New Passport Application, take it with your proof of identity, passport photos, and passport fees to the only passport office in Altoona to witness your signature and seal the documents. Wait 10-12 weeks.
For complete in-depth details see: New Passport Application Guide

How fast can I get a passport in Altoona?

There are a couple of different methods to getting your passport processed, which route you choose will determine how fast your passport will be received. By going to a passport service office in Altoona, you have the choice between standard mail-in service (currently taking 10-12 weeks) or expedited mail-in service (takes 4-6 weeks). There are no regional passport issuing offices within 200 miles. You might want to consider using a private passport courier that can expedite your passport application.

How much does a passport cost in Altoona?

Unlike drivers licenses and state IDs, passports are a Federal (national) document, it costs the same no matter what city or state you are in, $110 ($145 with acceptance agent fee) for adult passports and $80 ($115 with acceptance agent fee) for child passports. There may be some additional fees and / or expenses that you might need to pay, please see passport fees for an explaination of all passport fees and costs.

Where to get passport photos in Altoona?

One of the most common questions we get asked is where "where should I get my passport photos taken at?" First, have a look at our in-depth passport photo guide so you know everything there is to know about passport photos. Here are the major stores that take and print passport photos near Altoona.

It is recommended that you call to confirm that your chosen location offers passport photos onsite. Walgreens #9791 - Altoona - (0.3 mi)
Northeast Corner Of 1St & 8Th
101 8Th St Se
Altoona IA 50009
(515) 967-2699
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walmart Altoona Supercenter - (2.1 mi)
Photo Center
3501 8th St Sw
Altoona IA 50009
Price: Cost at Walmart locations: $7.44
Walgreens #359 - Des Moines - (5 mi)
Euclid & 26Th
2545 E Euclid Ave
Des Moines IA 50317
(515) 266-3174
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walgreens #5777 - Des Moines - (5.1 mi)
Northwest Corner Of E 30Th & University
2930 E University Ave
Des Moines IA 50317
(515) 299-5186
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walgreens #7996 - Ankeny - (6.6 mi)
Southwest Corner Of Delaware & Oralabor
2702 Se Delaware Ave
Ankeny IA 50021
(515) 473-6069
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walgreens #5362 - Des Moines - (6.8 mi)
Northwest Corner Of 14Th & University
1330 E University Ave
Des Moines IA 50316
(515) 299-9791
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
UPS Store - Ankeny - (6.8 mi)
Delaware Market Place
2310 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny IA 50021
(515) 965-8412
Price: Cost varies by location
Walmart Ankeny Supercenter - (6.9 mi)
Photo Center
1002 Se National Dr
Ankeny IA 50021
Price: Cost at Walmart locations: $7.44
Walgreens #7453 - Des Moines - (7.1 mi)
Of 104 E Euclid &
104 E Euclid Ave
Des Moines IA 50313
(515) 243-0601
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
CVS #10161 - Des Moines - (7.3 mi)
Photo Center
215 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines IA 50313
(515) 282-8454
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99