Passports

United States PassportThe Essex Library is now accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. citizens planning international travel in over three weeks time may apply at the library for their passports weekdays from 10 am until 1 pm, by appointment only.

Appointments can be made by calling 860-767-1560 and asking for either Emily or Amy.

Before calling to schedule an appointment, however, 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. The passport page posts important information.

If you are traveling in less than 3 weeks, please read where to apply.

If you are unable to make an appointment at the Essex Library, check the passport acceptance facilities page to find other locations in the area where you can apply for a passport.

Click for more information about the following services: Apply for a Passport | Children Under 16 | Children 16 and 17 | Renew a Passport | Checklist of Forms and Documentation to Bring

Apply for a Passport

Procedure
Please check the U.S. Department of State “Apply for a Passport in Person” web page to determine if you are eligible to apply for a passport in person at the Essex Library.

Processing Time
Please check the U.S. Department of State “Processing Time” web page to determine how long it will take to obtain your passport.

Fees
Please check the U.S. Department of State “Passport Fees” web page to determine the costs of obtaining your passport.

On the day of your appointment, please bring all the following:
1. Completed passport application Form DS-11
Obtain application forms online at travel.state.gov (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 of one of the following)
a. In-state, fully-valid driver’s license
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.” Total fees will vary depending on the age of the applicant and whether expedited services are requested. A separate check or money order will be required for each applicant. Check the “Passport Fees” web page to calculate your passport application fees.
b. Execution Fee:
Applicants must pay a $25 processing fee to Essex Library. This payment must also be a check or money order, made out to the “Essex Library Association.”

The Essex Library provides a list you can print out of the required forms and documentation.

For more information and questions concerning each requirement, please visit the “Apply for a Passport in Person” web page.

Children Under 16

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 go in person with the child to apply for the passport. For more information about requirements, please read the “Children Under 16” web page.

Children 16 and 17

Most 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 read the “Applicants Age 16 and 17” web page.

To Renew a Passport

Procedure
Please check the U.S. Department of State “Renew by Mail” web page to determine if you should renew your passport by mail; if not, you may be able to apply for a passport in person at the Essex Library. If you are required to apply in person, please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 and ask for either Emily or Amy to schedule your appointment.

Processing Time
Please check the U.S. Department of State “Processing Time” web page to determine how long it will take to obtain your passport.

Fees
Please check the U.S. Department of State “Passport Fees” web page to determine the cost of obtaining your passport.

Checklist of Forms and Documentation to Bring

Essex Library Passport Check ListThe Essex Library provides a list you can view and print out concerning the information and documentation required to obtain a passport.

 

 

 

 

Questions?

Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 and ask for either Emily or Amy.