Logistics Readiness Center (LRC)

Phone: 301-619-2211

Passport/VISA Requests Office
Community Support Center
Bldg 1520, Rm #203

Applying for a Passport/Visa

ATTENTION ALL TRAVELERS REQUIRING PASSPORTS:
EFFECTIVE 1 APR 2011: NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENT/ SEE #2a BELOW.

  1. You must be traveling on "OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT BUSINESS" (PCS or TDY Status) or be command-sponsored family members to apply for a Passport and/or Visa through this office. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY FOR PASSPORTS/VISAS. The State Department (DOS) requires a minimum of 30-45 days for each application. Maximum processing time is generally 60 days if multiple visa processing is included, since they are sent to each embassy. NO TOURIST PASSPORTS ARE PROCESSED HERE. DOD personnel and family members are advised to obtain regular fee (tourist) passports for any personal travel abroad. For info, contact the Passport Acceptance Center located at Main Post Office/Downtown Frederick, PH: 301-624-8019. By appointment only; M-F: 1100-1600 & Sat: 1100-1400
     
  2. If you or your dependents are applying for a Passport for a NO-FEE/OFFICIAL passport for the first time, and you/they were born in the United States; the following documents are needed for each person:
    1. A "Certified Copy" of your "Original Birth Certificate," with a raised, embossed or multicolored seal or a Naturalization Certificate for those persons naturalized. If you have ever been issued a Passport, it can be used in place of a birth certificate.

      NOTE: FOR MINORS UNDER AGE 16, previous US passports are NOT ACCEPTABLE as proof of relationship to the applying parent(s)/guardian(s). Certified US birth certificates (with parents' names listed) MUST be submitted.

      All US birth certificates submitted for minor AND adult passport applications MUST contain the FULL name of the parent(s) in addition to previous requirements.
       
    2. All official passport applications processed thru this office must be completed on-line at the U.S. Department of State, Travel.State.Gov Website.External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website

      Fill out the application and print. Ensure that the BARCODE is shown in the UPPER LEFT side of the application PRIOR to printing the application.

      PRINT EACH PAGE ON A SEPARATE SHEET. DO NOT SIGN THE APPLICATIONS PRIOR TO BEING ASKED TO DO SO BY THE PASSPORT AGENT !!
       
    3. One (2x2) photo is required with the passport applications. Additional photos may be required for visas. Pictures are taken at Visual Information, located at 1531 Freedman Drive (in front of commisary & Community Support Services). Their number is 301-619-7597. DO NOT WEAR MILITARY UNIFORMS FOR PASSPORT/VISA PHOTOS!
       
    4. All APPLICANTS must appear in person to sign and have their applications executed. They must also have proof of identity (Military I.D. Card - preferred, drivers license, etc.). Public Law 106-113, requires that both parents (or legal guardians) appear in person and both must sign the application for minors under the age of 16*. When only one parent or no parent is available, additional documentation is required to explain the absence. *Both parents must be able to establish their own identify, their relationship to the child and the child's US Citizenship.

      NOTE: FOR MINORS UNDER AGE 16, previous US passports are NOT ACCEPTABLE as proof of relationship to the applying parent(s)/guardian(s). Certified US birth certificates (with parents' names listed) MUST be submitted.
       
    5. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs requires the personal appearance of all minors applying for U.S. passports. This includes children under the age of 16, who were not previously required to appear. The change is being implemented to enhance accurate identification of applicants and aid in the prevention of international child abduction. This information has come to us from the State Department.
  3. The Passport Agent will request a copy of your TDY/PCS orders for verification of a passport requirement. If you have been notified of your departure date, and do not have orders yet, a letter/memo from your commander or travel approving official will be necessary before applying.

    FOR PCS: A copy of your PCS assignment notification IS ACCEPTABLE (i.e. RFO/EDAS or PERSCOM printout).

    Request Letter for Processing of Official Passport and/or Visa (Template, [PDF])
     
  4. Make an appointment with the Passport Agent at 301-619-2211, when you have all of the above-mentioned documents and photos. The passport office is located in Bldg 1520 (Community Support Center), Rm #203 (Personal Property & Travel Services).
     
  5. For passport renewals, complete the application on-line External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website. You must submit the previous/expired passport, 1 (2x2) photo and verification of passport requirement (see #3 above).

Expedite Requests

Expedite request memos must be signed by a General Officer or SES equivalent on MRMC letterhead. In the absence of a General Officer, the installation commander may sign and provide an explanation as to why the General Officer's signature not available. (Use same format as ref in para #3 above. Subject line MUST read: Request Expedite Processing of Passport. The justification must explain the reason for last minute processing and why travel cannot be postponed).

Helpful Links

Request Letter for Processing of Official Passport and/or Visa (Template, [PDF])
Applying for Your U.S. Passport the Easy Way External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
Apply in Person for a U.S. Passport External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
Print Passport Applications External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
Apply for a Passport for a Minor Under Age 14 External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
Replace a Lost or Stolen Passport External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website
Frequently Asked Questions External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website

U.S. Department of State, Passport ServicesOther Information can be found at The U.S. Department of State,
Passport Services Website External Link: Leaving Fort Detrick Website

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