Processing Delays

Due to COVID-19 and associated mail delays, processing times for passports are delayed. Please check with Passport Services at 1-888-874-7793 for processing times. 

Routine service can take up to 18 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. The 18-week timeframe includes up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing times on the front and back end. Mail times vary and delays have been significant. Please plan ahead.

Visit the U.S. Department of State passport website for more information.

Renew By Mail

Adults with 10-year passports can renew them by mail instead of appearing in person. 


The Linn County Recorder's Office is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays. To ensure same day services, please arrive by 4:15 p.m.

The United States Postal Service is still taking passport applications by appointment only. For more information, scheduling, and hours of operation please visit the USPS website.

For questions about Passports, please call our office at 319-892-5420 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

The following items are required when applying for a passport. Please bring the following items with you:

  • One color passport photo (a photo can be taken during your appointment at the Recorder’s Office for a fee of $10.00)
  • A certified copy of your birth record (hospital certificates are not accepted); If you need a birth certificate, first request an appointment with vital records
  • A photo ID 
  • Completed application (do not sign)
  • Check or Money Order

All applicants must appear in person. Applications must be signed in the presence of a passport acceptance agent.

Minor Children

Both parents are required to appear with a minor under age 16 or a notarized affidavit from absentee parent is required explaining why they are unable to appear, and a copy of their driver’s license - front and back. 


*Two payments are collected at the time of passport execution. The table below shows the total amount of both payments.

The Linn County Recorder charges a $35 passport execution fee that can be made payable by check, money order, cash, or credit card.

The remaining amount is for the passport application portion going to Passport Services. This portion must be made payable to the US Department of State and must be made in the form of check or money order.

Review more passport information at

Passport Book Pricing

Under 165 years$80*
16 and Over10 years$110*

Passport Card Pricing

Under 165 years$15*
16 and Over10 years$30*