Those hoping to resume travelling soon can get a jump-start on applying for a passport at this year’s Saturday passport event, hosted by Stacy M. Butterfield, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller on Feb. 27.
Work, school, and a pause on passport applications nation-wide during the COVID-19 pandemic have made weekday passport applications difficult. To help make the application process easier, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is hosting a Saturday passport application event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Bartow Courthouse located at 255 N. Broadway Avenue. Instant passport photos are also available on-site for $10.70.
“COVID-19 has kept all of us indoors and at home for a long time, and many of us are looking forward to the time when we can once again plan vacations and resume normal international travel” Clerk Butterfield said. “Coming into the Clerk’s office to fill out an application isn’t always convenient or possible for those working full-time jobs or staying home with children that are learning virtually, so a Saturday opening provides a more convenient time for customers to apply for a passport.”
A health screening and face covering are required by everyone entering the courthouse. Social distancing measures are in place for the health and safety of customers and staff.
In order to provide the quickest service possible, the Clerk’s office is unable to serve customers by telephone during the events. Please call ahead for questions and additional details.
Suggested Time Savers:
- Call ahead and make an appointment to avoid waiting in line. Appointments are strongly recommended. Appointments can be made by telephone at 863-534-4000.
- Visit the Clerk?s website https://link.edgepilot.com/s/555c7b1e/NOOGd3q0J0qa3LKsy9_wHA?u=http://www.polkcountyclerk.net/ to review passport application requirements, required documentation, and fees.
- Passport application forms can be found at travel.state.gov. You may complete the application in advance using BLACK INK ONLY, and DO NOT SIGN UNTIL IN FRONT OF A CLERK.
- Customers who bring a photo with them will save time and avoid waiting in line to have their photo taken.
- Make sure to bring:
a checkbook or money order for the correct amount AND cash or credit card (passport fees can be found on the Clerk’s website).
Proof of citizenship and identification.
Customers requesting overnight shipping must bring an overnight stamp with the application. A separate check or money order is required for each application. Both forms of payment are required as there are two separate fees for every application. Customers who bring a photo with them will save time and avoid waiting in line to have their photo taken.
Contact the Polk County Clerk of Courts office at 863-534-4000 or visit the Clerk’s office online at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/555c7b1e/NOOGd3q0J0qa3LKsy9_wHA?u=http://www.polkcountyclerk.net/, or like the Polk County Clerk Facebook page for updates and announcements