Burke County Register of Deeds office now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

Our Passport Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 

9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm to 4:00pm  (excluding holidays)

Our Passport Acceptance Department accepts appointments and walk-ins.

  • For walk ins, it is recommended that you phone our office prior to your visit.

Please read this page completely or phone our office for information on fees.

Checks or money orders are required for mailing to the Department of State with your completed passport application.

First-Time Applicants

First-time applicants need to submit Form DS 11, which requires the following:

  •     Proof of U.S. citizenship (certified birth certificate, expired passport, naturalization certificate)
  •     Proof of identity (driver's license, military ID, other government issued ID)
  •     We are able to take passport photographs in-house for a fee of $10.00 or you can bring a recent 2" x 2" high-quality photograph for your application.

Please use this Passport checklist for items needed to submit along with your application. You may contact our office at 828-764-9340 ext. 6 for more information.

Visit the U.S. Department of State's website ( for applications, current fee schedule and detailed information on passport renewal and obtaining a passport for applicants under the age of 16.

Passport Fees 

Application fee: Personal check or money order payable to "U.S. Department of State". (We CANNOT accept cash or debit/credit cards for this service)

Execution fee ($35) and photo fee ($10) may be made by cash, money order (payable to "Burke County Register of Deeds") or credit or debit card.

Current Waiting Periods

Please refer to U.S. Department of State website at for current processing times. 

Visit the U.S. Department of State's website ( for common application questions, your application status, other various applications and forms, and general travel tips!

Passport Hours

9:00am to 12:00pm & 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Appointments & Walk-ins welcome

To schedule an appointment, click here or call our office at 828-764-9340 select option #6

Located within the Burke County Register of Deeds office:
201 S. Green Street
Morganton, NC 28655