Passport Services

Update from the U.S Department of State

Please read the Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19 information from the U.S. Department of State

The East Brunswick Public Library is an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility with passport processing hours set for your convenience and free parking.

Passports by Appointment

  1. Passport appointments can be made by calling 732-390-6761.
  2. We are able to process DS11 applications only at this time. Customers who qualify to use this form are:
    • First time applicants
    • Children with or without prior passports (if the applicant was under the age of 16 when the expired passport was issued
    • Adults who have passports that expired more than 5 years
  3. Passports will take 3-4 months to arrive.
  4. Hours are:
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 12 pm – 7 pm 
    • Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
    • Sundays starting September 13: 12 pm - 3 pm.
  5. Please come to the entrance of the library at your assigned time. A Passport Agent will meet you and escort you into the building.
  6. Masks are required to be worn in the library as per New Jersey Executive Orders and the East Brunswick Public Library Code of Conduct.
  7. Please note that you may not browse, check out library materials, or sit in library chairs other than designated seats in the Café. You must exit the building at once after your appointment is complete.

 

Basic Instructions for U.S. Passport Applications First Time Customers!

You must apply in person if:

  • You are a first time applicant,
  • Your previous passport was issued before you were 16 years of age, or
  • Your previous passport expired more than five years ago.
  • All minors must be present and both parents must execute the application. Minors age 16 and over must execute the application. One parent should accompany minors ages 16 to 17 unless the minor has a valid driver's license (not a learner's permit).

 

Passport Requirements

To obtain a U.S. passport, you will need each of the following four items:
 

Proof of citizenship

(Be prepared to surrender these documents: they will be returned by the Depart. of State approx. 1 week after receiving your passport.)

U.S. Born
U.S. born persons need an original birth certificate, listing both parents' names, with a raised seal and filing date from the Bureau of Vital Statistics or city of birth. Hospital-issued birth certificates and birth certificates issued by Hudson County Clerk's Office or the city of Jersey City are not acceptable. If your birth certificate was issued by the Hudson County Clerk's Office or the city of Jersey City, you must obtain a birth certificate from the New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics in Trenton (609-292-4087 or 609-633-2860).

Children under the age of 16 - All minors must appear in person
Both parents must execute the application of a minor under the age of 16 with valid ID. If the second parent is not available to sign, the appearing parent must have notarized written consent of the other parent granting permission (Form DS3053) along with a copy of front and back of the ID used to perform the notary. Other acceptable documents for a non-appearing parent are death certificates, court orders granting sole custody or a Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances (Form DS-5525). Birth certificates are required for children who have had previous passports to establish parental relationship.

Minors age 16 and over must execute the application. One parent should accompany minors ages 16 and 17 unless the minor has a valid driver's license (not a learner's permit). Please see the back of DS-11 for more information.

Foreign-born
Foreign-born persons must submit a naturalization certificate. Foreign-born children of naturalized parents may apply for a U.S. passport, provided the child was under the age of 18 when the parents became naturalized. Please call us (732-390-6761) for requirements.

 

Proof of Identity - One of the following, must be an original

  • Valid New Jersey driver's license
  • Out of state driver's license (requires one additional ID)
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Prior US passport
  • Government employee ID
  • Official Military ID card

If you do not have any of the above mentioned ID items, please call us (732-390-6761) for further information.

 

Photographs

Present 1 passport photograph taken within the past 6 months. Photos MUST BE 2x2 inches in size (no exceptions). It should be front view with a white or off-white plain background. The customer must be the only person in the photo.

East Brunswick Library offers on-site photo services - the fee is $12.00 for 2 photos.

 

Fees & Processing Time

You will need to make TWO payments: one to the U.S. Department of State (separate check per person) and one to The Library. All fees are set by the Department of State and are non-refundable. All passport processing facilities charge the same fees.

Passport Fee
This fee must be paid by check or money order payable to "U.S. Department of State." One check/money order per application form. On bottom left side of check/money order, please write applicant's full name and date of birth.
 

Passport Book Fee for Routine Processing
 
  • Customers Age 16 and older: $110.
  • Customers under age 16: $80.

Execution Fee
Execution fee is $35.00 per applicant. Payment to the library can be made by credit, cash or check. You may combine this fee if there is more than one applicant in your group as well as the photo fee.

Processing Time

Expedited Services are suspended as per the Department of State. Customers who have a life & death emergency must call Customer Service (877) 487-2778 to schedule an appointment at a Regional Office

Passports will take 3-4 months to arrive.

 


 

The U.S. Passport Card

The Department of State began offering a U.S. Passport Card the summer of 2008 in response to the needs of border resident communities for a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book.  The card has the same period of validity as a passport book: 10 years for an adult, five for children 15 and younger. 

The passport card facilitates entry and expedites 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.  Otherwise, it carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.
 

Passport Card Fee for Routine Processing
 
  • Customers Age 16 and older: $30.
  • Customers under age 16: $15.

A previous passport book holder, eligible to use Form DS-82 , may apply for a passport card as a Renewal.  First time applicants for a U.S. Passport, and those not eligible to use the DS-82, should apply for a passport card using Form DS-11.
 


 

More Information

Please visit www.travel.state.gov on obtaining the latest information on processing times and restrictions.