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Ames, Iowa Passport Office Information

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Passport Guide for Ames

Residents of Ames in Story County, Iowa have only a single location from which they can get a passport application sealed at. The passport agent in Ames 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 Ames, 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 Ames, Iowa and Expedited Passport service options for Ames.

How to Get a Passport in Ames, Iowa

Getting a passport in Ames 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 Ames 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 Ames will need to visit a passport office.
* Ames 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 Ames

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 Ames 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 Ames 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 Ames, IA

Ames Iowa Post Office
525 Kellogg Ave
Ames IA, 50010

Looking for a passport office in Ames? 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 Ames.

Ames Iowa Post Office
525 Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Additional passport offices that are located near Ames Iowa:
Story County Recorder - Nevada - 7.9 Miles
City of Huxley - Huxley - 8.5 Miles
Ankeny Post Office - Ankeny - 18 Miles
Altoona Post Office - Altoona - 24.8 Miles
Ash Creek Station, Des Moines, IA - Urbandale - 25.4 Miles

Passport Service for Cities Near Ames

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

Ames Iowa, Gilbert Iowa, Story City Iowa, Cambridge Iowa, Madrid Iowa, Alleman Iowa, Elkhart Iowa, Polk City Iowa, Ogden Iowa, Ankeny Iowa, Stratford Iowa, Grimes Iowa, Dayton Iowa, Melbourne Iowa, Perry Iowa, Altoona Iowa, Urbandale Iowa, New Providence Iowa, Mitchellville Iowa, Des Moines Iowa

Regional Passport Offices Close to Ames

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 - 267.7 Miles
Arkansas Passport Center - 454.5 Miles
Detroit Passport Agency - 470.3 Miles
Colorado Passport Agency - 528 Miles
Dallas Passport Agency - 575.6 Miles

Passport Expediting in Ames, Iowa

In a hurry and travelling soon? You can use a company that expedites passports in Ames. 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 Ames, Iowa

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

Getting a passport is pretty much the process same wherever you are, the downside to being in Ames 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 Ames.

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 Ames 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 Ames?

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 Ames, 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 Ames?

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 Ames?

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 Ames.

It is recommended that you call to confirm that your chosen location offers passport photos onsite. Walmart Ames Supercenter - (0.9 mi)
Photo Center
3105 Grand Ave
Ames IA 50010
Price: Cost at Walmart locations: $7.44
UPS Store - Ames - (1.1 mi)
Northern Lights Center @ The Corner Of Wheeler & Grand
809 Wheeler St
Ames IA 50010
(515) 232-1188
Price: Cost varies by location
CVS #10452 - Ames - (1.3 mi)
Photo Center
2420 Lincoln Way
Ames IA 50014
(515) 292-2990
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
Walmart Ames Supercenter - (1.6 mi)
Photo Center
534 S Duff Ave
Ames IA 50010
Price: Cost at Walmart locations: $7.44
UPS Store - Ames - (1.8 mi)
Photo Center
3326 Lincoln Way
Ames IA 50014
(515) 620-5125
Price: Cost varies by location
Walmart Boone Supercenter - (10.8 mi)
Photo Center
1515 S.e. Marshall St
Boone IA 50036
Price: Cost at Walmart locations: $7.44
Walgreens #11193 - Boone - (11.3 mi)
Southeast Corner Of Story & Mamie Eisenhower
310 Story St
Boone IA 50036
(515) 432-4093
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walgreens #7454 - Ankeny - (18 mi)
Of 901 N Ankeny &
901 N Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny IA 50023
(515) 964-3952
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
CVS #10114 - Ankeny - (18.4 mi)
Photo Center
104 E. First Street
Ankeny IA 50023
(515) 963-7889
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
UPS Store - Ankeny - (20 mi)
Delaware Market Place
2310 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny IA 50021
(515) 965-8412
Price: Cost varies by location