Passport and VISA information

It’s important to ensure your passport and/or VISA are up to date before participating in an exchange program of any kind. Use this guide to learn what documents are required before you study away.

How to apply for a passport

  • Step 1: Complete the paperwork
    • It only takes about 10 minutes to complete a passport application. You can do so by picking up a paper copy in the Academic Resource Center, Taylor 302, or filling out the application online. Make sure you have access to a printer in order to print your application.
  • Step 2: Upload a photo
    • Submit a 2"x2" square photo with a white background
  • Step 3: Provide evidence of U.S. citizenship
    • Please evidence of U.S. citizenship with an orginal or certified U.S. birth certificate (you can order a certified birth certificate online if you do not currently have one)
    • If you do not have a birth certificate, you must provide another official form of proof of citizenship. A list of alternate acceptable documents can be found online.
  • Step 4: Provide Identification
    • You must provide one of the following documents to prove your identification:
      • Valid U.S. driver's license (provide a photocopy of the front and back, each on their own separate page)
      • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
      • Certificate of naturalization
      • Current government ID (city, state or federal)
      • Current military ID (military or dependent)
  • Step 5: Pay passport application fees
    • The standard total application fee for adults is around $145 ($110 for the passport book and then an additional fee for processing). The $110 application fee can only be paid by check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Department of State. The processing fee varies. 
  • Step 6: Submit your application
  • You must submit all of your application materials to the Gunnison Post Office (200 N. Wisconsin St.). Applications are taken by appointment Monday-Friday, 8:00am-1:00pm.

How to renew a passport

You can renew your passport by mail using (form DS-82) if your most recent passport:

  • Is submitted with your application
  • Is undamaged other than normal "wear and tear"
  • Was issued when you were 16 years or older
  • Was issued within the past 15 years
  • Was issued in your current name (you may document your name change online if necessary)