Passport Services @ the Library - (860) 695-6292
Monday thru Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: November through April by appointment only
How to apply for a US Passport
Department of State passport page
If this is your first passport, you will need to apply in person. If you are renewing an expired adult passport issued within the last 15 years, you may apply by mail.
When applying for a passport in person, you need to submit:
One passport photo is required. It must be:
a whole-face view taken within the last 6 months.
2″×2″ in size.
against a light background.
No hats or head-covering should be worn.
Vending machine photos are not acceptable. More details on photo guidelines are located at the Department of State Photography Guide. The Library can provide a passport photo for $10.00, payable by cash, check, or money order to "Hartford Public Library."
Passport FEES & Delivery
You must pay both an execution fee and a passport application fee when applying for a U.S. Passport.
DS-11 Application - New Applicants
Routine Service-within 6 weeks
Check 1: $25 Payable to Hartford Public Library
Check 2: $110 (Under Age 16 $80) Payable to U.S. Department of State
Expedited Service- within 2-3 weeks (Add $60 Per application)
Check 1: $25 Payable to Hartford Public Library
Check 2: $170 (Under Age 16 $140) Payable to U.S. Department of State
Expedited Service with Express Mail within 14 calendar days
(Add $60 Per application and 2-Way Overnight delivery)
Check 1: $41.15 Payable to Hartford Public Library
Check 2: $182.72 (Under Age 16 $152.72) Payable to U.S. Department of State
DS-82 Application - Renewals Only (No execution fee)
Passport renewal application is mailed by the applicant.
Routine Service - within 6 weeks
One check only: $110 Payable to U.S. Department of State
Expedited Service - within 2-3 weeks (Add $60 Per application)
One check only: $170 Payable to U.S. Department of State
For those with proof of departure in less than two weeks, we recommend applying in person at the Connecticut Passport Agency.
By appointment only: 1-877-487-2778.
50 Washington Street, South Norwalk, CT
Hours: Monday - Friday ~ 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fees: $170 adult renewal; $195 new adult applicant; $165 under age 16
En español (pdf)
(Los precios de los servicios de pasaporte cambiaran comenzando el 13 de Julio del 2010.)
A passport photo can be taken at time of application at the library.
Cost: 1 photo for $10.00. Vending machine photos are not generally acceptable.
Other Nearby Passport Photo Services
Kinko's Office FedEx and Print Center
196 Trumbull Street ~ (860) 246-0202
Hrs: Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
252 Trumbull Street ~ (860) 527-4687
Hrs: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
161 Washington St ~ (860) 522-5005
Hrs: Mon - Sun 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Renewing Your Current Passport
You can renew your Passport by mail if all these conditions apply to your current U.S. Passport:
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
(or your name change legal document is mailed in with your app.– see FAQs below)
The Passport Renewal Form DS-82 is available online, so you can complete the mail-in renewal process yourself without going to any passport center.
However, the Library does have the renewal form [DS-82] available for your convenience. Since a current passport photo is required, you can pick up a form and also have your photo taken at the library for the same $10 fee mentioned above.
For more efficient delivery of your passport renewal, you must mail in the completed application, photos, and current passport fee directly.
Additional information about Passport Renewals
If any of the renewal conditions shown above are not met, you must follow the instructions for applying for the first time, in person.
New Fees: New passport fees for the U.S. Passport Book, the U.S. Passport Card, and other passport services will be in effect on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
Air Travel: All persons traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport book or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.
Land and Sea Travel: All persons traveling by land and sea outside of the United States are required to present a passport book/card, or other valid travel documents to enter or re-enter the United States.
Passport Card: The passport card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air. Click here for more information about the Passport Card.
The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website:
Effective June 1, 2009, all U.S. citizens are now required to present a passport book, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document when entering the United States.
Please Note: Children under age 16 will be able to continue crossing land and sea borders using only a U.S. birth certificate (or other form of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate.). The original birth certificate or a copy may be used. See the Department of Homeland Security's Ready, Set.. Go! for more information on the changing travel requirements.
Areas that fall under the WHTI: Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean Region (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos), and Mexico
U.S. Territory: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Swains Island, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Note: The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory.
More information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
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Outside the Library
The U.S. Department of State regularly issues travel warnings and information on
U.S. Embassies that may be helpful for travelers who are planning travel to countries
that are unstable or high-risk.
The State Department offers Tips for Traveling Abroad to ensure safety when abroad.
Additional passport information is available at the U.S. Department of State
Passport Services website.