Passports

Passport Application and Photo Services

The Main branch of the Cleveland Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State. Passport application processing and photo services are available by appointment only. 

Please contact the Lending Department at 216-623-2872 to book an appointment Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

  • Each application takes approximately 30-60 minutes to process.
  • Please book consecutive appointments for more than one application to ensure sufficient completion time.
  • Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • More time may be needed for complex cases involving citizenship, guardianship, or last-minute travel.

The U.S. Department of State is solely responsible for evaluating applications and issuing passports. For more information about how to obtain your passport please visit the U.S. Department of State website (travel.state.gov) or call the National Passport Information Center at 1.877.487.2778.

Fees

There are several different passport fees that may apply. Some fees are paid directly to the U.S. Department of State and others are paid directly to Cleveland Public Library.

$35 Execution Fee for each new passport, payable by credit or debit card, cash, check or money order to Cleveland Public Library.

$10 Passport Photo Fee (plus tax) for each passport photo, payable by credit or debit card, cash, check or money order to Cleveland Public Library.

Adult First-Time Application Fees (16 and Older)

Product Form Application Fee Execution Fee Passport Photo Fee (if needed)
Passport Book DS-11 $110 $35 $10.00 (plus tax)
Passport Card DS-11 $30 $35 $10.00 (plus tax)
Passport Book & Card DS-11 $140 $35 $10.00 (plus tax)

 Child First-Time Application Fees (Under 16)

Product Form Application Fee Execution Fee Passport Photo Fee (if needed)
Passport Book DS-11 $80 $35 $10.00 (plus tax)
Passport Card DS-11 $15 $35 $10.00 (plus tax)
Passport Book & Card DS-11 $95 $35 $10.00 (plus tax)

Please note: When applying for a new passport, a check, money order or cashier’s check must accompany your passport application, made payable to the U.S. Department of State.

For more information about fees, how to obtain a passport, U.S. citizenship or current proof of identity, please visit the U.S. Department of State website, call the National Passport Information Center at 1.877.487.2778 or contact the Cleveland Public Library Lending department at 216.623.2872.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring with me to apply for a new passport?

Can I get a passport for my child?

Children under 16 years old: Children and both parents/legal guardians must be present during the application process. Birth certificates must be submitted for all children showing parental relationship as well as current parent/guardian proof of ID are required.

Children age 16-17: The minor must appear in person. If the child has a photo ID, the parent is not required to be present; however, it is recommended that a parent indicate consent by being present, being listed as an emergency contact, or providing check for payment.

How do I renew a passport?

Adults: If you are renewing a passport, be sure to read over the requirements. We will happily review your renewal application, however the applicant is responsible for mailing the DS-82 form and expired passport to the U.S. Department of State. Renewal DS-82 forms are available at the Main Library branch and printable from the U.S. Department of State website.

Minors: To renew a passport for a minor under the age of 16, please schedule an appointment. Minors under 16 must appear in person (with parents/guardian) and submit a previous passport, DS-11 form, birth certificate, and parent/guardian’s proof of identity to the U.S. Department of State.

How long does it take to get my passport?

Routine application processing takes 4-6 weeks but could take up to 8 weeks. Expedited service (2-3 weeks) is available for an additional fee.

  • Need your passport faster?
    • If you are traveling within 2 weeks or need a foreign visa within 4 weeks, you should make an appointment at a passport agency or center. The passport agency or center will specify when you will get your new passport.

Where can I get information about the status of my application?

  • You may check that status of your passport application online or by phone.
  • Online
    • Access the Online Passport Status System to check your application status.
    • It takes 7-10 business days after you applied for your application to be trackable online.
    • Receive automatic email updates on the status of your application by entering your email address after locating your pending application in the Online Passport Status System.
  • Phone
    • Please call the National Passport Center at 1-877-487-2778 for any questions concerning your passport application once it has been submitted.

I’ve lost my birth certificate! What do I do?

Can I apply for a visa at the library?

Passport application acceptance agencies do not handle visas. A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that allows the bearer to visit that foreign country. Foreign entry requirements vary by country.

Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information.