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Passport Services

Passport Services We Provide

  • First-time passports
  • Passport replacements
  • Renewals for
    • passports issued to applicants under age 16, or
    • expired passports issued more than 15 years ago.

Hours: Mon-Thu | 9AM – 4PM
By Appointment Only. You must schedule online.

Come Prepared

Late arrivals, incomplete applications and improper payment methods will require rescheduling. Please come prepared. See our checklist to make sure you bring all the required forms and documents to your appointment.

Documentation & Forms

The U.S State Department’s Passport website provides a list of Form and Documents needed for a successful application. If you already know what form you need, you can download some of the most common forms here:

First-time passports

What you will need to bring:

  • Original evidence of citizenship, such as expired passport, an original birth certificate or a naturalization certificate. See the State Department’s website for information about the documents acceptable as evidence of citizenship.
  • Identification document, such as a driver’s license, valid or expired passport, or military ID. See the State Department’s website for information about the documents acceptable as proof of identity.

Passports for children

What you will need to bring changes based on the age of your children.

  • Applicants ages 0-15 years
    • Generally, BOTH parents and applicant/child must be present and provide evidence of parental relationship, such as a birth certificate, and proof of the parents’ identities.
    • If a parent is unable to appear, a notarized Form DS-3053 or other documentation is required. Requirements are provided on the U.S. State Department’s Passport website.
    • See the U.S. State Department’s Passport website for more information
  • Applicants ages 16 and 17
    • Parental awareness is required, which may be evidenced by payment for fees with a parent’s check.
    • One parent may be required to be present and to present valid identification if the applicant/child does not have sufficient identification.
    • See the U.S. State Department’s Passport website for more information

Fees

Be sure to verify the amounts and payment methods before your appointment. We cannot process your application without the appropriate payments.

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Two separate fees are required:

State Department Fees: A check or money order payable to U.S Department of State is required for each applicant for Passport Fees. Debit/Credit cards are not accepted for this fee.

Law Library Fees: A Visa, Mastercard or money order payable to Sacramento County Public Law Library is required for the $35.00 execution fee, as well as the $15.00 photo fee and USPS Priority Express shipping fee, if applicable.

Please consider what passport documents you need for your travel, as well as both the shipping time and the processing time when deciding which services to request.

  • Passport documents: Passport Books are used for international travel by air, sea, or land. Passport Cards can be used to enter the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, Caribbean countries, and Bermuda, but cannot be used for international air travel.
  • Shipping: You may select either standard or expedited shipping. This affects the type of mailing service provided for your application. Standard shipping may take up to 2 weeks to reach you once processing is complete. Expedited return shipping should arrive 2-4 days after processing is complete.
  • Processing: You may select either standard or expedited processing. This affects how quickly the Department of State reviews your application. As of December 18, 2023, the Standard processing time is 6-8 weeks. The Expedited processing time is 2-3 weeks. Note: Processing times begin when your application is received at the Department of State. They do not include the mailing time from the Law Library to the Department of State, or the mailing time from the Department of State to you. Mailing times may be up to 2 weeks each direction.

Adult (Age 16+) Standard Processing

Document/Service RequestedTotal Check / Money Order Amount
Passport Book ONLY$130
Passport Card ONLY$30
Passport Book AND Card$160
Passport Book PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$149.53
Passport Book AND Card PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$179.53

Adult (Age 16+) Expedited Processing

Document/Service RequestedTotal Check / Money Order Amount
Passport Book ONLY$190
Passport Card ONLY$90
Passport Book AND Card$220
Passport Book PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$209.53
Passport Book AND Card PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$239.53

Child (Age 15 & under) Standard Processing

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Document/Service RequestedTotal Check / Money Order Amount
Passport Book ONLY$100
Passport Card ONLY$15
Passport Book AND Card$115
Passport Book PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$119.53
Passport Book AND Card PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$134.53

Child (Age 15 & under) Expedited Processing

Document/Service RequestedTotal Check / Money Order Amount
Passport Book ONLY$160
Passport Card ONLY$75
Passport Book AND Card$175
Passport Book PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$179.53
Passport Book AND Card PLUS Expedited Return Shipping$194.53

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some of the questions we’re asked most frequently. Visit the US Department of State website for information beyond what is available here.

Do I really need a check or money order? What about cash, credit and debit cards?

The US Department of State ONLY accepts checks or money orders for passport payment. If you do not have one, we cannot submit your application.

Why are there two fees?

You are paying for two separate services – the US Department of State gets paid for making the passport and the Law Library gets paid for accepting the application (making sure all required sections are filled out and documentation is correct) and for photos we take on site. 

Why do I have to submit my original birth certificate? Can’t you just accept a photocopy?

The State Department rules state you must submit an original or certified copy of your citizenship document. This is considered “primary” evidence of citizenship. A photocopy is considered “secondary” evidence. Secondary evidence does not stand alone and requires other pieces of secondary evidence to support it. The State Department usually asks for at least 3 pieces of secondary evidence in lieu of one primary document.

Do I really have to have the other parents’ permission to apply for a passport for my child?

Yes, even in situations where the other parent is incarcerated/off the grid/doesn’t pay child support/hasn’t seen the child in years/otherwise can’t be located, and it’s not fair that the child can’t get a passport without their permission.

Two parent consent is required for all children (15 and under), unless there is a court order giving sole custody to one parent. This is to help prevent parental abduction. If there is only one parent listed on the child’s birth certificate, only that parents’ consent is required. There are several forms available to parents in these circumstances.

Form DS-3053 is signed in front of a notary by the parent not attending the appointment. This form needs to be completely filled out and a photocopy of the ID verified by the notary must be attached.

Form DS-5525 is used in cases where the DS-3053 cannot be completed. This form documents all the times/ways the applying parent has tried to contact the non-responsive parent. This form must be completed in DETAIL and does not guarantee a passport will be issued. Both forms can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/how-apply/forms.html

Will I get my citizenship document back from the State Department?

Yes. Currently, the State Department says to expect original documents to be returned to you approximately 8 weeks AFTER you receive the new passport.

How far ahead of travel do you recommend starting the passport application process?

Processing times are running long for a multitude of reasons, and the State Department doesn’t see those times shortening before the end of 2023. Therefore, if you plan on traveling in the next year, we recommend applying for your passport at least 9 months ahead of your departure date.

Why can’t I smile in my passport photo?

The State Department rules for photos state you must, “Have a neutral facial expression with both eyes open and mouth closed.” For some people, smiling causes the eyes to close slightly, which is no longer a neutral expression. To ensure that our appointments move as quickly as possible and to limit the need for retakes, we ask people not to smile in their photo. The State Department regularly rejects photos that show teeth or where eyes are slightly closed due to smiling.


Address

Sacramento County Public Law Library

609, 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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