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If this is your first passport, you will need to apply in person. If you are renewing an expired adult passport issued within the past 15 years, you may apply by mail. When applying for a passport in person, you need to submit:
A completed passport application, available at the Library and online. (To save time, complete the application online, print it out and bring it to one of our branches.) Do not sign this application before visiting the Library to submit your application.
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. Please contact your local branch staff if you do not have any of those proofs.
One passport photo.
It is undamaged and can be submitted with your application.
It was issued when you were age 16 or older.
It was issued within the last 15 years.
It was issued in your current name.
Find passport application details on the Department of State passport page and from the National Passport Center, 877.487.2778.
$110 for an adult passport, valid for 10 years
$80 for a child’s (under 16) passport, valid for 5 years
For detailed answers, please visit the Department of State passport page.
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.
The name on your passport should match your evidence of identity and citizenship. To change your name on a passport or as a proof of identity, you must submit a marriage certificate, or a certified copy of the court decree substantiating the change. To have a replacement passport issued, submit this document with a completed Form DS-5504, following the Department of State instructions on the document. If more than one year since the date of issue has passed, you must submit Form DS-82
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).
To replace a lost or stolen passport, complete Form DS-11 and Form DS-64, following the instructions on the Department of State’s lost or stolen passport page.
Status information is available through the National Passport Center.
Contact the National Passport Center at 877.487.2778 and the staff will advise you. There is no charge for this call.
Airlines strongly encourage you to buy tickets with the exact name listed on your passport. If you have purchased international flight tickets, be sure the name you use on your passport application will match the name on your airline tickets. To change your name on a passport or as a proof of identity, you must submit a marriage certificate or certified copy of the court decree substantiating the change. To have a replacement passport issued, submit this document with a completed Form DS-5504, following the Department of State instructions.
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 Visas are obtained through consular offices. Some travel agents handle visa requirements.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires all travelers to and from the Americas, the Caribbean and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States. See the Department of State’s website for more on international travel information. Those traveling by land or sea can use the new Passport Card.
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