By Melinda Casilli
Over the years, Prince William Public Libraries have transformed lives with wonderful books, technology, and bringing people together to study or share information. The libraries always strive to offer the best services and programs to the community. A new service offered at Haymarket Gainesville Community Library and Potomac Community Library are U.S. Passport Services. Now when you stop by to pick up the latest book on the best-seller list, you can also apply for a passport.
Before you stop by to get your application processed, you will need to make sure you have the necessary forms and documents. A detailed list is on the U.S. Department of State website, www.travel.state.gov/passports. Individuals applying for a passport book and/or passport card for the first time must appear in person and will need a DS-11 form completed in black ink. This form is online at the Department of State website or you can pick one up at either Haymarket Gainesville or Potomac Libraries.
You will also need:
Proof of U.S. citizenship – original birth certificate, original naturalization certificate, or an old passport
A valid unexpired photo ID
A 2X2 inch passport photo (no glasses please)
(CVS, Walmart, Kodak, and Walgreens are a few local stores that offer passport photo services.)
You will also need two payments. One in the form of a check (no starter or counter checks) or money order made out to the U.S. Department of State for each application and any additional processing fees. Passport books for adults are $110.00 and minors who are 15 and under are $80.00. Passport Cards for adults are $30.00 and for minors 15 and under are $15.00. In four to six weeks, you will receive your passport and any original documents in two separate mailings. If you need your passport sooner, you can pay an additional $60.00 for expedited processing, which is two to three weeks. Overnight delivery is also available for an additional $15.89. The second payment is for Prince William County for a $35.00 execution fee. This payment can be cash, check (no starter or counter checks), or money order.
For children 15 years-old and under, you will need to bring a DS-11 form completed in black ink and applicable forms of payment for both fees. One, for the U.S. Department of State and one for the Prince William Public Library System. You will also need proof of parental relationship in the form of an original birth certificate or adoptions papers. Parents or legal guardians must appear in person. If a parent or legal guardian cannot appear in person, then you will need a notarized DS-3053 form and a copy of the parent or legal guardian ID.
For passport renewals, the DS-82 form for renewal applications is filled out online and should be mailed. This form is not accepted at the libraries. Renewal applications are only accepted for individuals who are under 16, were 16 when they got their passport, or if their passport was issued over 15 years ago. These renewals will use the DS-11 form.
If you are traveling in less than three weeks, you will need to contact the Washington Passport Agency directly to make an appointment to get a passport. If you need to travel in 72 hours due to an emergency, call 1-877-487-2778. An emergency is defined as an injury, illness, or death. Please be aware that you will still need all the necessary documentation and proof of the emergency.
If you have any questions about documents, concerns about your application, or to track your application, please go to www.travel.state.gov/passports or call the Washington Passport Agency at 1-877-487-2778.
PWPLS Passport Services Schedule
Potomac: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Haymarket Gainesville: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Both libraries: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Appointments are not available. Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis. It is best to arrive early, especially on Saturdays.