Passports

First Time Applicants | Proof of Citizenship | Proof of Identity | Photographs | Minors
Fees & Processing Time | The U.S. Passport Card | Hours | More Information

First Time Applicants

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.

YOU NEED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING:

1. DS-11 Application
2. Proof of citizenship
3. Proof of identity
4. One 2″ by 2″ color passport photo*
5. Two checks or money orders

*The library takes passport photos for a $10 fee.

Proof of Citizenship

Please be prepared to surrender these documents. They will be returned to you by the Department of State approximately one week after you receive your passport.

U.S.-BORN

U.S. born persons need an original birth certificate, listing both parent’s 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 the 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 16

All minors must be present. Both parents must execute the application and provide ID. Children under the age of 16 must submit a long form birth certificate, which includes both parents’ names. This is required even if the child has previously had a passport.

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. In that case the child must submit their foreign birth certificate with the parents’ names alongside the parents’ naturalization certificate.

Proof of Identity

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE ORIGINALS. COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

These are acceptable forms of identification*:

  • Valid State driver’s license
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Prior U.S. passport
  • Government employee ID
  • Official military card
*IDs issued less than six months prior require additional proof of identity.

Photographs

PRESENT ONE PASSPORT PHOTO TAKEN WITHIN THE PAST 6 MONTHS.

  • Photo must be 2″ by 2″ in size (no exceptions).
  • It should be front view with a white or off-white, plain background.
  • The applicant must be the only person in the photo.

The library takes passport photos for a $10 fee.

Minors

CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16

All minors must be present. Both parents must execute the application and provide ID. Children under 16 must submit a long form birth certificate, which includes both parents’ names. This is required even if the child has previously had a passport. If one of the parents cannot be present for the application’s execution, that parent must fill out a Form DS-3053 in front of a Notary. The applying parent must show this form, as well as a copy of the front and back of the non-applying parent’s valid ID.

CHILDREN AGES 16 OR 17

One parent should accompany minors ages 16 or 17 unless the minor has a valid driver’s license (not a learner’s permit). If the child’s ID was issued less than six months prior, the parent may show ID and co-sign the application.

Fees & Processing Time

You will need to make two payments: one to the U.S. Department of State (separate check per applicant) and one to Bogota Public Library. All fees are set by the Department of State and are non-refundable. All passport acceptance facilities charge the same fees.

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PASSPORT BOOK FEE

This fee must be paid by check or money order payable to the “U.S. Department of State.” One check/money order per application.

Routine Processing (4-6 weeks): Applicants age 16 and older: $110 Applicants under age 16: $80

Expedited processing (2-3 weeks) is an additional $60 per application.

For overnight return of the passport, it is an additional $15.89.

EXECUTION FEE

Cash, check or money order payable to “Bogota Public Library” for $35 per application. You may combine this payment on one check/money order if there is more than one application.

MISCELLANEOUS FEES

Photos are available for $10 and the cost will be added to the application fee.

Express overnight delivery of an application from the library to the Department of State is available for $24.70. Payment by cash only.

The U.S. Passport Card

The Department of State began offering a U.S. Passport Card in 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 years for children 15 and younger.

The card facilities 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 passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards.

PASSPORT CARD FEE

Routine Processing (4-6 weeks): Applicants age 16 and older: $30 Applicants under age 16: $15

Expedited processing (2-3 weeks) is an additional $60.

PASSPORT CARD RENEWALS

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 Form DS-82, should apply for a passport card using Form DS-11.

Library Hours

YOU MUST ARRIVE AT LEAST ONE HOUR BEFORE CLOSING TIME.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
10am to 9pm

Wednesday & Friday
10am to 5pm

Saturday
10am to 3pm

Sunday
Closed

More Information

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