You must have a valid U.S. passport to travel abroad. To view information about how to receive your passport, please click here. Learn more about the passport process below. Be sure to obtain your passport as soon as possible, as it can take weeks for it to be processed and sent to you. Make sure to get your passport photos taken. The Title Office in the Stark County Clerk of Courts Office is at 513 E. Main Street in Alliance and they take passport photos for approximately $15. Walgreens and Wal-Mart in Alliance also process passport photos.
After you have your photos, you should apply for your passport. If this is your first passport application, you must apply in person. Make sure you have your state-issued birth certificate (with raised seal) and photo ID so that you will be ready to get your passport. Please have a copy of the front and back of your photo ID available for your appointment. There is also a processing fee of about $145. If you are completing a renewal passport application, you can mail the application in for processing.
- The Alliance post office, located at 36 S. Arch, processes passport applications by appointment only. The passport processing hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. - noon. Please call (330) 821-3560 to make an appointment.
- The Stark County Clerk of Courts Office, located in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Office on 513 E. Main Street in Alliance, processes passport applications without appointments Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. You can contact them at (330) 823-7072.
To download a passport application and obtain all the information you need about getting or renewing a passport, visit the U.S. Department of State Passport Services.
Most students going abroad for a semester or longer do need a visa. Often times students going on a short-term program, less than 90 days, do not need a visa, and some countries do not require visas at all! It is your responsibility to determine if the country you are traveling to requires you to obtain a student visa for your length of stay. Visit the U.S. Department of State (and then click on your destination country “Entry/Exit Requirements”) to find out. Learn more about the visa process below. For more detailed information about the visa process for particular countries, visit NAFSA.