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Passport Processing Hours
Mondays or first working business day of the week by Appointment only -
Please call 715-346-1364 and press "#"
Tuesdays or remaining business days through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Important Notice from the U.S. Department of State Passport Services"
Passport Book or Card Acceptance fee are required for first-time applicants and others who must apply in person
Do I Apply in Person?
You must apply in person using Form DS-11
if at least one of the following is true:
You are applying for your first U.S. passport
You are under age 16
Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
If the above statements apply to you, you will want to print off the
"Apply in Person Checklist" to be prepared when you come to the Clerk of Courts office.
Did You Know?
Passport applications are available at the Clerk Of Courts Office or online. Click on the appropriate link below for a checklist of the information necessary when applying for a passport at the Clerk Of Courts Office. We are also passport photo capable and can take your photo at the time of processing your application. Additional fee for photo.
Apply in Person Checklists
Routine Passport Checklist - Receive Your Passport Within 6 Weeks
- Receive Your Passport Within 3 Weeks Expedited Passport Checklist
Apply in Person Passport Online Forms
If you are required to apply in person, you can get online forms to fill in, print, and bring with you to the Clerk of Courts office.
using passport application form Apply in Person DS-11.
Do I Renew my Passport by Mail?
You can renew by mail using Form DS-82
if your most recent passport:
Is submitted with your application
Is undamaged (other than normal "wear and tear")
Was issued when you were age 16 or older
Was issued within the last 15 years
Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)
If the above statements apply to you, you may be eligible to
using Renew by Mail . Form DS-82
U.S. Passport Link
For more information on Passports, please visit this website:
Return to the Clerk of Court Home Page
Where can I get information for applying for a passport?
Check out the Clerk of Court webpage for U.S Passport information and links on how to get your passport. The passport book link will take you there.
How can I have my criminal court record expunged?
There are a couple of
brochures that can help you figure out if your are eligible for expunging your criminal court record. The first brochure was created by the Director of State Courts Office of Court Operations. Click this link:
EXPUNGING CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS BROCHURE
The second brochure is from the WI Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau. Click this link:
"REMOVAL OF CIB ARREST INFORMATION"
Where can I look to find out when my next court date will be?
The clock link will take you to the Appearance Times page where you can search the WiCourts.gov "CCAP" database to find your case(s). You can use a simple statewide search by using your first and last name. It will bring up everyone with that name, so you may need to verify which case(s) are yours. If you know your case number, you could type the case number and select a county your case is filed in.
There is also a "Kiosk" located on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse for the public to use to look up circuit court cases that are scheduled for a hearing that day.
How do I sign up for court hearing reminder text messages?
Forms are available at the Clerk of Court office or online. Click cell phone link:
Where can I get information on getting a restraining order?
There are Domestic Abuse and Harassment informational forms that can be obtained at the Clerk of Court office or online. Click this link for more information:
Temporary Restraining Order Information
I can't find my ticket or case on wicourts.gov (aka "CCAP") when I use case search?
If your citation is for a non-criminal offense and was issued by the City of Stevens Point or Village of Plover, you may want to contact the municipal clerk of court at 715-342-4054. Or, you can use the link to redirect to the City of Stevens Point website.
If the citation is for a non-criminal offense and was not issued by the City or Village, it may have not been filed with the Clerk of Court yet. Once it is filed, the case will show on the wicourts.gov (aka CCAP) website. You may want to contact the Portage County Clerk of Court at 715-346-1364 ext 4 to verify or use the link to check back later on the CCAP website.
If your citation or bond is for a criminal offense, the District Attorney may not have filed the case with the Clerk of Court yet. Once it is filed, the case will show on the wicourts.gov (aka CCAP) website. You may want to contact the District Attorney at 715-346-1300 to verify or use the link to check back later on the CCAP website.
Someone I know was picked up last night or over the weekend. When will he/she have an appearance?
Appearances on new charges are held at different times throughout the day/week. Please contact either the District Attorney's Office at 715-346-1300 or the Clerk of Courts Office anytime after 10:30 a.m.
These appearances are normally held during the late morning hours or in the early afternoon. If a call is made too early, the information will not be available. The defendant may or may not appear in person in the courtroom for the appearance. Many times they will appear by video appearance at the jail.
If I post bond, do I have to appear at all appearances?
If you are the Defendant, an appearance is REQUIRED for ALL scheduled hearings unless otherwise noted. If you fail to appear for any appearance, a warrant WILL be issued for your arrest and you may be charged with bailjumping.
If you are unable to appear, you should immediately contact your attorney or, if you have not retained an attorney, the District Attorney's Office at 715-346-1300 or the Clerk of Courts Office.
How long before my bond money is returned to me?
After the case is closed, it may take the Clerk of Courts Office 2-4 weeks to return any bond money to the poster.
How do I post bond for myself or for someone else?
If you are posting bond during the Clerk of Courts working hours (Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) you will need to go to that office. After working hours, please contact the Portage County Sheriff's Department/Jail. Please have the name of the person you are posting the bond for along with what they were picked up for. Our office will fill out a bond form with the proper information and have you sign it. We will then give that form to you to take to the Portage County Sheriff's Department/Jail and they will process the paperwork there. Please read the following information prior to posting ANY bond:
In the event the Court orders a judgment for a fine or costs, or both, the amount of cash deposited with this bond, if any, shall be applied to the payment of the judgment. This means that before any money is returned to the person or persons making the cash deposit, the cash deposit will first be used for payment of the judgment. Any excess will be returned to the person or persons making the cash deposit. (See ss.l969.02 and 969.03 Wis. Stats.)
Also please be advised, in the event the person you are posting the bond for does not appear at any appearance, the bond may be forfeited.
Government Payment Services (GPS), a contracted company is available for posting bonds for defendants in jail. Contact either the Clerk of Courts Office or the Portage County Sheriff's Dept. for further information.
Can I use a credit card as a payment option?
Yes. Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted for all payments except for posting bonds. No other credit cards will be accepted. Bonds can only be posted with cash.