Once you have gathered together all the documents required to apply to replace a damaged or mutilated U.S. passport, you must now proceed to a local passport acceptance agent to have your documents signed, executed, witnessed and sealed into an envelope by the acceptance agent. This process is referred to as the "Passport Execution Process" or "Sealed Application Procedure". Your local passport acceptance agent is usually a Post Office or County Court House.
The acceptance agent has to:
Witness the signing of the passport application
Verify applicants proof of citizenship
Verify applicants ID
Verify photos are of the applicant
Administer the passport oath
Seal all documents into a sealed envelope
Collect government passport fees
U.S. Passport Agency Government Fees:
While at the local Post Office or Court House the following government fees will be collected.
Pay the agent the U.S. government passport fee, including rush fee, and execution fees. Be prepared to write two checks for the total amount, as the clerk will retain $35.00 execution fee.
$170.00 passport fee + $35.00 execution fee = $205.00 for adults,
$140.00 passport fee + $35.00 execution fee = $175.00 for children 15 years old and under.
Please ask the clerk NOT to include the cost of USPS EXPRESS MAIL return postage in your payment of passport fees, doing so will cause a delay in processing.
Please write your name and date of birth on the check or money order.
When your application has been Executed and Sealed it must be submitted to the US Passport Agency within 5 business days. If not submitted within 5 business days the documents will expire and will have to be Re-Executed.
Please Note: DO NOT send your documents to Travel Document Systems until you have had your documents executed by your local acceptance agent.