Passport Processing & Photo Services

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Every Cuyahoga County Public Library branch is an official Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State. We offer passport processing and photo services every day of the week from opening until one hour before closing. No appointment necessary!

Passport Service Hours

Monday - Thursday / 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Friday & Saturday / 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Sunday / 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

How to Apply for a Passport

If this is your first passport, you will need to apply in person at your local Cuyahoga County Public Library branch. Here is what you will need:
  • A completed passport application. Applications are available in all of our branches and online. (To save time, complete the application online, print it out and bring it to one of our branches). Please DO NOT sign your application before you visit your local Library branch.  
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, which may be a previous U.S. passport, certified birth certificate or Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization. No photocopies will be accepted. Documents will be returned with your issued passport.
  • Current proof of identity, established with a previous U.S. passport or a current valid driver’s license or military ID.
  • One passport photo.
  • Please verify your Social Security number before you come in – you do not need to bring in your Social Security card.
Please note that the passport application process will take from 20 to 60 minutes per applicant. To ensure there is ample time to complete the process, please arrive at the branch at least 30 minutes before the passport desk closes. More time may be needed for complex cases involving citizenship, parental guardianship or last minute travel. In the event a passport acceptance agent believes that he/she cannot complete the process prior to closing, he/she may request that the applicant return at another time. 

Renew Your Current Passport

If you wish to renew an expired adult passport issued within the last 15 years you MUST do so via U.S. mail. Passport renewal forms are available online and at every Cuyahoga County Public Library branch. You must submit a current passport photo with your renewal application. 


  • Passport Fee, payable by check or money order only to U.S. Department of State.
    • $80 for a child’s (under 16) passport, valid for 5 years.
    • $110 for an adult passport, valid for 10 years.
    • An expedite fee (four-week service) is available for an additional $60.
  • $25 Execution Fee* for each new passport, payable by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, debit card, cash, check or money order to Cuyahoga County Public Library. (No execution fee is required for a renewal application.)
  • Passport Photo Fee: $10 (plus tax), payable by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, debit card, cash, check or money order to Cuyahoga County Public Library.
*By law, the execution fee is nonrefundable (22 CFR 51.65).

Frequently Asked Questions

Find passport application details on the Department of State passport page and from the National Passport Center, 877.487.2778. The U.S. Department of State has the sole responsibility for examining applications and issuing passports.

How long does it take to receive my passport?
Routine application processing takes six to eight weeks. The Library can also provide expedited service for an additional $60 fee, which reduces the processing time to as little as four weeks.

Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?
If you were born in Ohio, visit the state Department of Health’s Vital Records page. If you were born in another state, visit the CDC’s page with link to each state’s vital records contact information and website.

Can I get a passport for my child?
  • For all children under age 16: Children must accompany you to apply for a passport.
  • All applications for children under 16 require both parents’ or legal guardians’ consent.
  • Birth certificates must be submitted for all children showing parental relationship (even if the child has had a previous passport).
  • For all children age 16 to 17: The minor must appear in person.
Where can I get information about the status of my application?
Status information is available through the National Passport Center.

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. See the Special Issuance Agency page for information.