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At this time, all visitors to the Prothonotary are required to make an appointment.  Please use our e-file system whenever possible or submit your filings by mail. 

For Family Court filings PLEASE CALL 215-348-6822 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

For Civil matters that cannot be e-filed, PLEASE CALL 215-348-6191 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

The Prothonotary is now accepting ROUTINE Passport applications by APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Doylestown office (satellite offices closed at this time).  PLEASE CALL 215-348-6191 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

What To Bring


Please Note: New Requirement for U.S. Birth Certificates Effective April 1, 2011

Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age.  Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship.  This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.

In addition to this requirement, certified copies of birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of U.S. citizenship:

  • Full name of the applicant
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal of issuing authority
  • Registrar’s signature
  • The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office (must be within one year)

For more information, please go to travel.state.gov

Proof of US Citizenship
Previous passport, or birth certificate certified from the state where you were born or your Naturalization Certificate.
Please Note* Hospital Birth Records and Notifications of Birth Registration are not acceptable.
Click here for more information on how to obtain a certified birth certificate.

Proof of Identity
Photo I.D.; valid drivers' license, or state photo I.D. card, or school photo I. D., or a parent with drivers' license (if applicant is under 16). As of 2015, it is now required that all Applicants 16 years and older must present a clear photocopy ( front & back) of  their valid government-issued identification (example: driver’s license/school ID card) along with that original photo identification.

Social Security Number

2 recent identical, official passport photographs (2" x 2") color only. Click here for more information on acceptable digitized photographs.

There are two separate fees for every person applying for a passport. All fees are set by the federal government.

Click here for information on the new federal passport fees.

The Execution fee of $35.00 can be paid in a check, money order, or cash. Persons applying together can combine the fee into one check or money order payable to the Prothonotary. All fees are subject to change without notice.

For more information log onto www.travel.state.gov.

The Office of the Prothonotary
Judith Reiss, Prothonotary
Patricia Zimmerman, First Deputy
Randall Flager, Esq., Solicitor

Bucks County Justice Center 
100 North Main Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6191 
Fax: 215-348-6184
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
The Prothonotary is now accepting ROUTINE Passport applications by APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Doylestown office.