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Government Passport Fees and Payment

The US Department of State will only accept checks or money orders written out properly. Please make sure that your check or money order follows these guidelines to avoid suspensions of your application:

  • DO NOT use temporary or starter checks.
  • Must be a check or money order.
  • Check must be made payable to "US Department of State." It must be written as "US Department of State" – do not abbreviate.
  • Amount must be written out in full. $170 should be written as "One Hundred Seventy and 00/100."
  • Write applicant's full name and date of birth on the memo line of the check or money order.
  • All personal checks must show a printed address.

See examples below to make sure that your check is correct:

Making out the check correctly:
Spelled U.S. Department of State - Correctly

Be sure "US Department of State" is spelled out correctly, do not abbreviate.
Incorrect - Pay Order

Write out the check amount in full:
Correct amount

Make sure the amount is correctly represented as "One hundred seventy 00/100".
Amount incorrect

Amount incorrect
Both of these examples show the incorrect way to display the written amount.