Passport Services

The Gaston County Register of Deeds office serves as a Passport Application Acceptance Facility on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports by appointment Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm, with the exception of holidays. The Register of Deeds office is located in the Gaston County Courthouse, 325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, first floor, Gastonia.

Standard processing for passports is currently 10-13 weeks.

Expedited processing time is 7-9 weeks. 

Passport appointments can be made by booking online below or calling 704-862-7685.

Cancelations will will appear online below in real time, so feel free to check back often!
Passport Photo services are available onsite for $15 per person.

Special Passport Fairs

From time to time, we also host limited Passport Fairs outside of normal hours. These special events can be attended by appointment or as a walk-in. For complete details on our upcoming Passport Fair events, visit our Passport Fair page

Official Resources

Please visit the only official travel website of the Department of State for:

  • Downloadable Application Forms
  • Current Requirements and Fees
  • Travel Warnings
  • Consular Information Sheets (on every country in the world)

Passport Tips

  • Planning ahead is essential! Processing times are at an all-time high.
  • Beware of online merchants that claim to rush your passport for you for extra money (often very high prices). Many times these are a scam, charging you for services that are available for anyone at lower costs.
  • Always check the official travel website for the most up-to-date information like processing times and fees.
  • We cannot check the status of a passport application for you in our office. Look at the state department website for an application tracker. 
  • Your U.S. Congressional Representative or Senator may be able to help you with cases related to federal government services.
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