Essex Library is closed indefinitely. Passport services are not available at this time. Services will resume when the Library reopens.

Visit these links for information: Make an Appointment | Apply for a Passport | Children Under 16 | Children 16 and 17 | Renew a Passport

Make an Appointment

United States Passport

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 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: This site will help you locate application forms, information on required documentation, fees, and a wealth of other information.

Apply for a Passport

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.

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 accompany the child when applying for the passport. For more information about requirements, please visit the Children Under 16 page.

Children 16 and 17

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.

To Renew a Passport

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 Anna at (860) 767-1560 to schedule your appointment.


Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 and ask for Anna.


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Please book an appointment to visit the library. 30-minute appointment slots to browse our collection or use a computer are available between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Park & Pickup Service

Contact free pickup is available from tables in the library’s main parking lot between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Electronic services are available 24/7.

Library Materials Return

Essex Library is accepting returned materials. Please place items in the brown book drop in our parking lot.  All returned items are quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked-in; items are then back dated.

Due to staggered reopening of libraries, delays in deliveries, and materials quarantining, Essex Library is continuing our waivers on overdue fines. Due dates will still apply to library materials. Thank you for helping us share materials in a timely way with all patrons.

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Before You Make an Appointment

1. Check whether you are eligible to apply for a passport in person at the Essex Library.

2. Check current passport processing times to determine how long it will take to receive your passport.

3. Determine passport fees for the cost of obtaining your passport.

4. Print the Essex Library’s helpful passport application checklist for required identification, documentation, and fees.