Passport Tips

Tips for Applying for a U.S. Passport

Use black ink to fill out forms.

Proof of citizenship is required. Original or certified copy of a birth certificate or naturalization papers or previous U.S. passport.

Photo Identification and a photocopy of the exact same identification (e.g. Driver’s License)

One current color photo is 2″ x 2”. The Library can take passport photos at a cost of $11.00.

Previous expired passport, if applicable. If an old passport is lost, the applicant must fill out form DS64.

Passport application fees ($130.00 for a passport book, $30.00 for passport card, $60.00 optional expedite fee)

Payment to the U.S. Department of State must be in one of the following forms:
› Personal, cashier’s, traveler’s, treasury, certified or money order checks.
NO cash, credit cards, or starter checks will be accepted.

Payment to Rocky River Public Library ($35.00 for passport application fee, $11.00 for passport photo) can be made by check, cash, or money order. Starter checks will not be accepted. A $25.00 fee will be charged if a check is returned for insufficient funds.

DO NOT SIGN your application ahead of time, as it must be signed in the presence of an Acceptance Agent.

Minors under age 16:

Both parents must appear with the minor. However, there are some exceptions. (Please ask the passport agent for details). The following are required:

  • Proof of citizenship and parental relationship by submitting an original or certified copy of birth certificate;
  • Photo identification of both parents;
  • One passport photo;
  • Previous passport (if applicable);
  • Minor passport application fees ($100.00 passport book, $15.00 passport card)

Minors 16 and older:

Minors are able to apply without parents present if able to submit sufficient photo ID and evidence of parental awareness (e.g. check with parents’ names). The following must be submitted:

  • Proof of Citizenship: original or certified copy of a birth certificate or previous passport;
  • Photo ID; (If temporary driver’s license, additional ID is necessary or one parent must be present and present his or her ID. If a minor has no ID, one parent must accompany the minor and present his or her ID.)
  • One passport photo;
  • Passport application fees ($130.00 passport book, $30.00 passport card).