The Essex Library is now accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
If you are a U.S. citizen planning international travel:
In over 3 weeks time – Apply at the Essex Library by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 860-767-1560 and asking for either Emily or Anna. If you cannot make an appointment with us, check the passport acceptance facilities page to find other locations in the area.
In less than 3 weeks – Please check where to apply.
Before scheduling an appointment, we suggest you visit the only official website for up-to-date passport and international travel information: travel.state.gov. This site will help you locate application forms, information on required documentation, fees, and a wealth of other information.
Please bring all of the following to your appointment:
1. Completed passport application Form DS-11
Application forms can be obtained online or at the Essex Library. Form DS-11 must be filled out before your appointment; do not sign it however, until instructed by the Passport Agent during your appointment.
2. Proof of U.S. Citizenship (one of the following – no photocopies or notarized documents)
a. Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
b. U.S. birth certificate that meets the passport requirements
c. Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
d. Certificate of Naturalization
e. Certificate of Citizenship
3. Proof of Identity (original copies of one of the following)
a. In-state, fully-valid driver’s license (Please note: out-of-state licenses may require additional forms of identification. Please call the Essex Library for more information.)
b. Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (may be expired)
c. Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
d. Government employee ID (city, county, state or federal)
e. U.S. military ID or military dependent ID
f. Valid foreign passport
g. Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular Identification, commonly used by the parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant)
4. Photocopy of Identification AND U.S. Citizenship Evidence
Submit a photocopy of the front and back of each ID that you present when you apply.
5. Forms for Special Circumstances
If the person applying for a passport is under 17, had their previous passport lost or stolen, or meets other special circumstances, he or she may have to meet additional requirements. Please visit the Apply for a Passport in Person page to see if these circumstances apply for you.
6. One Photo
Please bring one photo with you which meets the current photo requirements. The Essex Library does not provide photography services. CVS, Walmart or AAA in Old Saybrook may be able to help.
7. Processing Fees (two separate payments are required)
a. Application Fee: A check or money order is required for passport application fees which must be paid directly to the “U.S. Department of State.” A separate check or money order is required for each applicant. Total fees will vary depending on the age of the applicant and whether expedited services are requested. Check the Passport Fees page to calculate your passport application fees.
b. Execution Fee: Applicants must pay a $35 processing fee to Essex Library. This payment must also be a check or money order, made out to the “Essex Library Association.”
For more information and questions concerning each requirement, please refer to the Apply for a Passport in Person page.
All passport applicants under 16 must apply in person. Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of the child’s passport. The best way to do this is for both parents/guardians to accompany the child when applying for the passport. For more information about requirements, please visit the Children Under 16 page.
Applicants aged 16 – 17 must apply in person. It is strongly recommended that at least one parent accompany the applicant. For more information about requirements, please visit the Applicants Age 16 and 17 page.
Please check the U.S. Department of State Renew by Mail page to determine if you should renew your passport by mail and instructions for doing so. If you are not eligible, you may be able to apply for a passport in person at the Essex Library; please call Emily or Anna at (860) 767-1560 to schedule your appointment.
Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 and ask for either Emily or Anna.