Passports


Please schedule an appointment by calling 508-324-2700, ext. 3. Appointments subject to availability of passport agents. We do not accept walk-in applicants.

Hours of Service for Passport Acceptance:
Monday & Tuesday 10 am-3:30 pm by appointment only

Wednesday 12 pm-6:00 pm by appointment only
Thursday & Friday 10 am-3:30 pm by appointment only

Passport applications, details, and forms are available on the State Department website


Apply for a Passport

You need to apply in person if: this is your first passport, your passport was issued before you were 16 years old, or your passport expired more than 5 years ago. 

What do I need to apply?
  1. A completed application 
    Passport applications are available online or you can pick up a form at the library or any Passport Acceptance Agency. Use black ink only. DO NOT SIGN the application before your appointment. 
     
  2. Proof of Citizenship
    US-born individuals: a certified birth certificate with a seal (not a photocopy), showing the full name of the parent(s), signature of the registrar, and filing date within one year of the birth issued from the Bureau of Vital Statistics or the city of birth. Children under the age of 16 must submit a birth certificate even if previously issued a passport.

    Foreign-born individuals: a Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth, or a Certification Report of Birth Abroad (no photocopies). Foreign-born children of naturalized parents may apply for a U.S. passport if the child was under the age of 18 when the parents became naturalized. 

    You are required to submit these documents with your application. The documents will be returned to you with your newly issued passport in a separate mailing. 

    For children under the age of 16, both parents or the child’s legal guardian(s) must appear when submitting a passport application. If only one parent appears, you must also submit one of the following: 
    • Second parent’s notarized written statement consenting to passport issuance for the child, or
    • Primary evidence of sole authority to apply, or
    • A written statement (made under penalty of perjury) explaining the second parent’s unavailability.
    • Proof of Identity
    • Prior U.S. Passport
    • Valid driver’s license
    • Government photo ID: city, state or federal
    • Military photo ID: military and dependents, etc.
    • Naturalization Certificate
       
  3. Proof of Identity
    In addition to proof of citizenship, you must provide a photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a current or expired passport, a valid driver's license or official state ID, or a certificate of naturalization/certificate of citizenship. See travel.state.gov for a complete list of acceptable IDs.
     
  4. One Passport Photo
    You must bring this picture with you. The library does not provide passport photo service. Your photo must be: 
    • Whole-face view taken within the last 6 months
    • In color
    • 2" x 2" size
    • Taken against a plain white or light background
    • Only the applicant can appear in the photo – this includes photos for infants
    • Should represent applicant’s normal appearance
    • No glasses can be worn
    • Normal street clothes: no uniforms, hats, or head-covering (head coverings for religious or medical reasons are allowed, but full face must still be shown)
       
  5. Passport Fees
    A check or money order, payable to the U.S. Department of State, is required. Members of the same family can be combined on one check. 
    • Passport Book Fee (Routine Processing)
      • Applicants age 16 & over: $110
      • Applicants under age 16: $80
    • Passport Card Fee (Routine Processing)
      • Applicants age 16 & over: $30
      • Applicants under age 16: $15
    • Expedited processing is available at an additional cost of $60 per passport card or book. (See "Processing Times" for more details.)
    • Passport Book Overnight Delivery is available at an additional cost of $15.89. (Overnight Delivery is not available for passport cards).
       
  6. Acceptance Fee
    The $35 acceptance fee may be rendered by cash, check, or money order payable to Friends of the Fall River Public Library. You may combine multiple payments of the acceptance fee on one check or money order. The acceptance fee (to the library) cannot be combined on a check with the passport fee (to U.S. Dept. of State).
     
  7. Processing Times
    Please note that current processing times (as of June, 2021) have been impacted by mail delays.
    Regular processing time: please allow 18 weeks from the day the application is submitted to the day it is received. This includes up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing to and from the passport agency.
    Expedited processing time: please allow up to 12 weeks from the day the application is submitted to the day it is received. This includes up to 6 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing to and from the passport agency.
    Expedited delivery option: You may opt to pay an extra $17.56 for 1-2 day delivery for the return of your completed passport.
    For life-or-death emergencies and other urgent travel, visit travel.state.gov for more information.

Renew a Passport


If your passport was issued after you were 16 years old and/or expired less than 5 years ago, you can renew your passport on your own. 

The renewal form is available online or you can pick up a form at the library or any Passport Acceptance Agency. Use black ink only.

The application fee is the same and there is no acceptance fee. Renewals should not be submitted through the library but must be mailed directly to the U.S. Department of State.

For all other questions and more information, please visit the State Department website.