Passport Services

A message from the U.S. Department of State:

COVID-19 Update: Know Before You Apply For A U.S. Passport

If you are thinking about applying for or renewing a U.S. passport now for international travel, please read the Department of State's current international travel advisory. Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have extremely limited U.S. passport operations.

If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates). Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport.

Learn more on our COVID-19 Update page and our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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

THE LIBRARY ACCEPTS PASSPORT APPLICATIONS AS A WALK-IN SERVICE. WE DO NOT TAKE APPOINTMENTS. Due to the high volume of customers during evening and week-end hours, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen by an agent at that time. We encourage customers to take advantage of the morning hours 10am to 12pm, Monday through Thursday when the passport office is not quite as busy.

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 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.



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
(6 - 8 weeks):
  • Customers Age 16 and older: $110.
  • Customers under age 16: $80.
Passport Book Fee for Expedited Processing
(3 weeks):
  • Customers Age 16 and older: $110 + $60 + $17.13 = $187.13
  • Customers under age 16: $80 + $60 + $17.13 = $157.13

Execution Fee
Cash, check or money order payable to "EB Library" for $35*. per application form. You may combine this payment on one check/money order if there is more than one application.

Miscellaneous Fees

(2) $12.00

Payable by cash, check or money order, payable to "EB Library." If accompanied by an application form, add payment to execution fee; if paying for multiple photos/application execution fees, combine total payment on one check or money order. For information, call (732) 390-6761.

Express Mail
If overnight delivery from the Department of State to your address is desired, please add $17.13 to the check/money order for "U.S. Department of State."
If overnight delivery from The Library to the Department of State is desired, please add $26.35 to the cash/check/money order for "EB Library."

Processing Time
Routine processing is currently taking 6 - 8 weeks. Expedited processing (15 business days) is available for an additional fee of $60. Processing time may fluctuate, according to workload.



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
(5 - 7 weeks):
  • Customers Age 16 and older: $30.
  • Customers under age 16: $15.
Passport Card Fee for Expedited Processing
(3 weeks):
  • Customers Age 16 and older: $30 + $60 = $90.
  • Customers under age 16: $15 + $60 = $75.
  • (Express mail is not available for passport cards.)

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.


Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs:
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday & Saturday:
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The library will be closed on Sundays during  the month of August.


More Information

See the "Passports" section of the U.S. State Department website for further information about travel restrictions and obtaining a passport.