To make an appointment please call 615-862-6223


1.  A certified copy of your Birth Certificate (not a mother’s copy or hospital copy) with the mother’s name listed.  No photocopies are accepted.  Click here for details for the TN Vital Records Office.  If you were born outside of TN, you can order a certified copy from or

2.  A valid Driver License or State Identification.  If your Driver License or Identification card was not issued in TN, please also bring a second form of photo identification such as work, military, school/college ID.

3.  Local checks or Money Orders

4.  One (1) official Passport Photo

5.  A Certified Marriage certificate if the last name differs from the birth certificate as a result of marriage

6.  Old passport book, if available

7. Completed Application – click here for forms

All applicants must apply in person for a first-time passport.


The passport card facilitates entry and expedites document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air. Otherwise, it carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.
A passport book allows to you to travel to many more locations via many more modes of transportation than the passport card alone. It is possible for you to apply for or have both the passport card and the passport book, although not necessary.

A Passport is valid for 10 years for persons over 16 years of age and valid for 5 years for minors under 16 years of age.

Children under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian with them when applying for a Passport.

Please visit for up-to-date information regarding US Passport regulations and international travel.



Application Fee Execution Fee
Payable to the U.S. Department of State (Check or Money Order ONLY) Payable to the Davidson County   Clerk’s Office
Passport Book (Age 16 & Older) $110 $35
Passport Book (Under Age 16) $80 $35
Requires both parents to be present or the absent parent to complete a   DS-3053
Passport Card (Age 16 & Older) $30 $35
Passport Card (Under Age 16) $15 $35
Requires both parents to be present or   the absent parent to complete a DS-3053


If needing to expedite a passport (DS-11) application the following U.S. Department of State fees apply:

$110.00 for adult application fee,  $60.00 for expedited service, and an optional $17.56  for mailing your new passport to you via overnight mail.  The total of $170 or $187.56 must be in the form of a check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State.  In addition, the following  Davidson County Clerk’s Office fees apply:

$35.00 execution fee, and an optional $25.00 for overnight mailing of your application to the Passport Agency.  The total of $35.00 or $60.00 may be paid to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office in any form.

If needing to submit a passport (DS-11) application without a rush the following fees apply:  A check for $110.00 payable to the U.S. Department of State for application fee plus $35.00 payable to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office for execution fee.

Routine (Renewal) Service – Form DS-82: Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail may be used if the conditions below are met.  Payment is non-refundable.

You may use Form DS-82 if your previous U.S. passport:

  1. Was issued when you were age 16 or older and
  2. Was issued in the last 15 years and
  3. Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application and
  4. Was issued in your current name or you can document your legal name change

Customers using Routine Renewal Service (Form Ds-82, not expedited) are responsible for mailing their applications directly to the U.S. Department of State.  Our office will NOT accept and mail Routine Renewal Applications.

Also, for renewals, a new passport photo will be needed.


The U.S. Department of State will only take checks or money orders.  You should bring your checkbook or a money order for each applicant.  The Davidson County Clerk can accept any form of payment for its fees, including check, money order, cash, and debit/credit card.  A debit/credit card merchant fee of 2.3% is collected by a third party processor.

If you are using a hand carry/courier service, please note that a separate check or money order is still required for the US Department of State’s portion of the fees.


A passport will not be issued immediately.  The completed application will be sent from the County Clerk’s Office (or from a Post Office) to  the US Department of State Passport Services office.

A ROUTINE passport application may take up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing, for a total of up to 18 weeks.  This should be taken into consideration as travel plans are made.  For the most up-to-date processing times, please refer to

EXPEDITE service can take up to 6 weeks processing plus up to 6 weeks for mailing, for a total of up to 12 weeks.

If you need a passport sooner than the times listed above, you may hire a third party passport courier.  An internet search can help you identify passport couriers.  You will still need to apply in person and have your passport application assembled and sealed at the Davidson County Clerk’s Main Office or at any Passport Acceptance Agency.

Applicants traveling in the next 72 hours (3 business days) may go to: