Passport Processing & Photo Services

Passport imageEvery Cuyahoga County Public Library branch is an official Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State (passport services are not available at our MetroHealth Service Point). We offer passport processing and photo services every day of the week from opening until one hour before closing. No appointment necessary. Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Passport Service Hours

Monday - Thursday / 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Friday & Saturday  / 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Sunday / 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Please note: The passport application process will take from 20-60 minutes per applicant. To ensure there is ample time to complete the process, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the passport desk closes. More time may be needed for complex cases involving citizenship, parental guardianship, or last-minute travel. In the event that a passport acceptance agent believes the process cannot be completed prior to the branch closing, you may be requested to return at another time.

For more information about fees, how to obtain a passport, U.S. citizenship, or current proof of identity, please visit the State Department website, call the National Passport Information Center at 1.877.487.2778 or call your local CCPL branch.

Apply for a Passport

If this is your first passport, you'll need to apply in person. When applying for a passport in person, you need to submit:
  • Passport imageA completed (unsigned) application for passport filled out in black ink.  
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Current proof of identity.
  • One passport photo.


There are several different passport fees that may apply. Some fees are paid directly to the U.S. Department of State and others are paid directly to CCPL. We advise you to call ahead to your local CCPL branch before you visit, in order to determine your correct fees. 
  • $35 Execution Fee for each new passport, payable by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, debit card, cash, check or money order to Cuyahoga County Public Library.
  • Passport Photo Fee: $10 (plus tax), payable by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, debit card, cash, check or money order to Cuyahoga County Public Library.
NOTE: When applying for a new passport, a check, money order, or cashier’s check must accompany the passport application, made payable to the U.S. Department of State, see U.S. Passport Fees.  Again, we advise you to call ahead to your local CCPL branch before you visit, in order to determine your correct fees.

Passport Renewal

If you are renewing an expired adult passport issued within the last 15 years, you will have to apply by mail.  Renewal forms are available online through the State Department website and at any CCPL locations

Frequently Asked Questions

Find passport application details on the Department of State passport page and from the National Passport Center, 1.877.487.2778. The U.S. Department of State has the sole responsibility for examining applications and issuing passports.

How long does it take to receive my passport?
Routine application processing takes 4 to 6 weeks. The Library can also provide expedited service for an additional $60 fee, which reduces the processing time to as little as 2 to 4 weeks.

Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?
If you were born in Ohio, visit the state Department of Health’s Vital Records page. If you were born in another state, visit the CDC’s page with links to each state’s vital records contact information and website.

Can I get a passport for my child?
  • For all children under age 16: Children must accompany you to apply for a passport.
  • All applications for children under 16 require both parents or legal guardians to be present during the application process. 
  • Birth certificates must be submitted for all children showing parental relationship (even if the child has had a previous passport).
  • For all children age 16 to 17: The minor must appear in person.
Where can I get information about the status of my application?
Status information is available through the Travel.State.Gov, 1.877.487.2778.

Can I apply for a visa at the library?
Passport application acceptance agencies do not handle visas. A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that allows the bearer to visit that foreign country. Foreign entry requirements vary by country. See the Travel.State.Gov Visa page for information.