Need a passport but can’t take time off work to get to the post office or prothonotary’s office? Don’t worry, the library can help! The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is an official passport accepting facility and is open after work and on Saturdays.
Library staff can also take your passport photo, making the library a one-stop-shop for all your passport needs.
US citizens re-entering the United States must present a passport book, passport card, or other US government-approved travel documents, which are listed on travel.state.gov. Passport cards are only accepted for road travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Caribbean Port Seas and Bermuda. Passport booklets are mandatory for all overseas air travel.
All passport applicants must apply in person, regardless of age. When a child is under 16, both parents must be present and present identification when applying for a passport for their child. For applicants under the age of 16, if either parent is unable to attend, they must complete the declaration of consent form and provide a front and back copy of their photo ID. Please note that the photocopied ID must be the same one used when notarizing the declaration of consent form (DS-3053).
To apply for a passport, you will need the following:
• A photo ID that complies with US guidelines. Brown Library will pick one up for you for a $10 fee.
• Passport application form, DS-11, available at the library or on the Passport Agency website at http://travel.state.gov/.
• Proof of citizenship, such as an original state-issued birth certificate (must show both parents), current or previous U.S. passport, consular report of birth abroad, or certificate of naturalization or citizenship.
• Proof of identity, valid US driver’s license or government-issued ID, military ID, or government-issued photo ID. Note that for state-issued ID cards, the passport agency encourages bringing an additional secondary ID. Additionally, individuals applying with a driver’s license from another state must bring additional secondary identification.
There are fees associated with obtaining a passport depending on age and must be made in the form of a check or money order payable to the United States Department of State, as well as a separate payment for the treatment of $35 made to the James V. Brown Library either by cash, check or credit card.
Adult Passport Booklets are currently $130, Adult Passport Cards are $30. Children’s books are $100 and a children’s card is $15. Expedited fees include an additional $60. These are subject to change, so applicants are encouraged to visit the United States Department of State website for updated fees. In addition, the fees are the same for new applicants and renewals.
Routine treatment currently takes 8-11 weeks. Expedited processing is currently 5-7 weeks. These are subject to change, so applicants are encouraged to visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html for updated processing times. Processing times are the same for both initial and renewal applications.
State Department officials are also encouraging those whose passports are about to expire to renew quickly, as many countries impose a requirement of at least six months validity on a U.S. passport, as noted here: https://travel .state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/passport-help/faqs.html. Some airlines won’t allow you to board unless this requirement is met, according to the US State Department. Additionally, the COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry into the United States as of June 12, 2022.
For your convenience, passport applications are accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The library will also take photos for those who require photo ID for testing purposes. The same $10 fee applies.
For more information on passport requirements, please visit http://jvbrown.edu/passport/.
The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and pick-up 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To reserve, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during library hours. The library is also open for the use of public computers and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available.
The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is the place to go to learn, connect, and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides refuge for those who seek it, and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library welcomes over 225,000 visitors a year and circulates half a million items a year. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacy in our communities to provide a better future for all.