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Passport to go to Rocky Point

Rocky Point – Puerto Penasco 2024 Passport Guide

You need your passport or passport card to travel back from Rocky Point


Before we go any further, I just want you to know that I have come across the border with just a drivers license or an expired passport.  The only thing I don’t know is whether when they look up my information in the system, it tells them I have a passport.  You are taking a risk coming without a passport or passport card, they are cheap to get but you need to get them early.  Takes about 4 weeks to get a card.  Just go to the post office.  They are not going to just detain you if you don’t have your passport or passport card but in some cases, they will give you a hard time and keep you at the border.  Most of the time you get a slap on the wrist.

Passport Information to Travel to Rocky Point – Puerto Penasco:

Many of our travelers want the latest information on passports or passport cards to travel to Rocky Point (Mexico), Puerto Peñasco.

Please read the information below as nothing has really changed from the previous few years regarding these requirements.

In order to travel to Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco), you need a valid USA Passport or a USA Passport Card (or carnet) authorized by the US Department of State. This requirement has not changed since the US started requiring passports/passport cards to travel by LAND/SEA in 2009. Please know that you are not able to use a USA passport card when you travel by PLANE, you need a valid USA passport.

Children under 16 years of age arriving to USA from Mexico or Canada may present a birth certificate (original or copy). If child is traveling with only one parent or under the supervision of an adult, they must present a notarized parent permission document (authorization to travel).

Children under 18 will only need a birth certificate. If you do not have your birth certificate handy, simply go online and order a birth certificate. (CLICK HERE TO ORDER BIRTH CERTIFICATES)

If you are a resident of the USA of another country, we recommend you contact your immigration office before traveling outside of USA.

If you need to get a passport for the first time, you need to attend in person to any of the many passport centers around the country. Many of these centers are inside of US Post offices. Please visit the following website to understand all the requirements for a new passport and expected timelines such as photos, proof of citizen, etc:

To renew a passport, you can do it by mail if your passport is not damaged and in your possession (unless if was expired 15 years ago or you were under 16 years of age).

Below we are giving you an idea of pricing but you should always visit the official US passport website for the latest pricing:

Passport Book (Traditional):

Adult (first time): $165
Adult (renew): $130
Minor (under 16 years old): $135

Passport Card (Carnet):

Adult (first time): $65
Adult (renew): $30
Minor (under 16 years old): $50

On the following website you can find any forms and additional details as well as the latest information. or by calling this number 1-877-487-2778.

Please contact them directly if you have specific questions about your travel documents and status.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to obtaining a U.S. passport for your trip to Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point:

1. Determine the Type of Passport You Need

Decide whether you need a passport book or a passport card. A passport book is required for all international air travel, but if you’re driving to Rocky Point (also known as Puerto Peñasco) or taking a cruise, a passport card might suffice. However, it’s generally recommended to opt for the passport book, as it’s more versatile.

2. Gather Required Documents

You will need several documents to apply for a passport:

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship: This could be a birth certificate (original or certified copy), a previous U.S. passport (if applicable), a naturalization certificate, or a certificate of citizenship.
  • Proof of Identity: This can be a current driver’s license, a government or military ID, or a previous U.S. passport.
  • Passport Photo: You must provide one color photo of yourself taken within the last 6 months. The photo must meet specific requirements, so it’s often easiest to have it taken at a facility experienced with passport photos like a pharmacy or post office.

3. Complete the Passport Application

Fill out Form DS-11, the application for a U.S. passport. This form is available online on the U.S. Department of State’s website, or you can pick up a copy at a local passport acceptance facility, such as a post office or county clerk’s office.

4. Submit Your Application in Person

First-time passport applicants must submit their applications in person. You can do this at a passport acceptance facility. Bring your completed Form DS-11, your proof of citizenship, proof of identity, photocopies of these documents, and your passport photo. You can find your nearest facility and set an appointment online at the U.S. Department of State website.

5. Pay the Passport Fee

As of 2024, the fee for a first-time adult passport book is $130. There may be an additional execution fee of $35. Fees for minors are slightly lower. Check the latest fee structure on the State Department’s website to ensure you have the most current information. Payments can usually be made by check, money order, or credit card at most acceptance facilities.

6. Wait for Your Passport to Arrive

Processing times can vary, but routine passport processing is generally expected to take about 8 to 11 weeks. If you need your passport sooner, you can pay an extra fee for expedited service to receive your passport in about 5 to 7 weeks. Keep track of your application status online to stay updated.

7. Plan Your Trip While You Wait

While waiting for your passport, you can start planning your trip to Rocky Point. Consider your lodging, travel insurance, activities in the area, and any other travel arrangements you might need.

8. Receive Your Passport

Once you receive your passport, ensure all the information is correct. If everything is in order, you’re ready to go!

9. Travel to Rocky Point

Make sure to bring your passport with you as you travel. It will be required when re-entering the United States.

By following these steps, you’ll be prepared with the necessary travel documentation for your trip to Rocky Point, Mexico. Safe travels!