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HCPL Passport Service starts Monday, August 9.

Harris County Public Library is now offering passport services by appointment at eight branches across the county. 

Harris County Public Library is now offering passport services by appointment at eight branches across the county.  On this page you will find all the information you will need to apply for your U.S. passport book and/or passport card. When you are all set and are ready to schedule your appointment, click the button below.

Make A Passport Appointment
 
Check current Processing Times - U.S. Dept. of State
Two separate payments are required for each application.  1. Acceptance Fee is $35.00. Check, money order, or credit card is payable to Harris County Public Library.  The library can take passport photos on-site for an additional $10.00 fee per application. We will only accept exact change if paying acceptance and photo fees with cash. 2. Passport Fee: This fee varies. See Passport Fee information below. Make check or money order payable to  U.S. Department of State. This fee cannot be paid with cash or credit card.

 

Passport Service Information

Locations & Hours
Passport services are by appointment only. Below are service locations and hours of operation.

Passport services are by appointment only. Below are service locations and hours of operation.

 

Branch Address Passport Service Hours *
Aldine Branch Library 11331 Airline Drive
77037 TX
(832) 927-5410

Monday 1 - 5 PM 
Tuesday 10 AM - 2 PM
Wednesday 1 - 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 2 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM

Katherine Tyra Branch Library
@ Bear Creek
16719 Clay Road
77084 TX
(832) 927-5590

Monday 10 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 2 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 2 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 2 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
 
Barbara Bush Branch Library 6817 Cypresswood Drive
77379 TX
(832) 927-7800

Monday 1 PM - 5 PM
Tuesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Thursday 1 PM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
 
Clear Lake City-County Freeman
Branch Library
16616 Diana Lane
77062 TX
(832) 927-5420

Monday 1 PM - 5 PM
Tuesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Thursday 1 PM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
 
North Channel Branch Library 15741 Wallisville Road
77049 TX
(832) 927-5550
Tuesday 10 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 3 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 3 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM
 
Octavia Fields Branch Library 1503 S. Houston Avenue
77338 TX
(832) 927-5500

Monday 10 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 2 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 2 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 2 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
 
Parker Williams Branch Library 10851 Scarsdale Boulevard
77089 TX
(832) 927-7870

Monday 11 AM - 3 PM
Tuesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 3 PM
Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM
 
Lone Star College - Tomball
Community Library
30555 Tomball Parkway
77375 TX
(832) 559-4200

Monday 1 PM - 5 PM
Tuesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday 1 PM - 5 PM
Thursday 1 PM - 5 PM
Saturday 11 AM - 3 PM
 
Passport Fees

Fees associated with passport applications depend on many factors including the age of the applicant, type of passport (book or card), and when the passport is needed. www.travel.state.gov offers a fee calculator to help you know exactly what you will need to pay based on your circumstances: U.S. Passport Fee Calculator 

Adult Applicants (16 years and older)

Passport Type Form Application Fee Execution Fee
    Make check or money order payable to U.S. Department of State. Pay to Harris County Public Library
Passport Book, First-time Adult DS-11 $110 $35
Passport Card, First-time Adult
(Not valid for international air travel. Valid only for travel by land and by sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda & the Caribbean)
DS-11 $30 $35
Passport Book & Card, First-time Adult DS-11 $140 $35
Adult Passport Card
(for adults who currently have a valid passport book)
DS-82 $30 No Charge

Adult Renewals

Passport Type Form Application Fee
Make check or money order payable to U.S. Department of State.
Adult Passport Book DS-82 $110
Adult Passport Card
(Not valid for international air travel. Valid only for travel by land and by sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda & the Caribbean)
DS-82 $30
Adult Passport Book & Card DS-82 $140

All Minor Applicants (Under 16)

Passport Type Form Application Fee Execution Fee
    Make check or money order payable to U.S. Department of State. Pay to Harris County Public Library
Minor Passport Book DS-11 $80 $35
Minor Passport Card
(Not valid for international air travel. Valid only for travel by land and by sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda & the Caribbean)
DS-11 $15 $35
Minor Passport Book & Card DS-11 $95 $35

Optional Fees

Expedite Fee

Paid per application, in addition to required fees. Provides faster processing than routine service.

Make checks or money orders payable to U.S. Department of State

$60
1-2 Day Delivery

Paid per application for 1-2 day delivery of an issued passport book from the Department of State to the customer. Only applies to mailing addresses within the United States. Not valid for passport cards.

Make checks or money orders payable to U.S. Department of State

$17.56
File Search Fee

A file search is necessary when an applicant is unable to present evidence of U.S. citizenship or verification of a previously issued U.S. Passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Applicant must submit Form DS-11 and a written request for a file search.

Make checks or money orders payable to U.S. Department of State

$150

 

Passport Photos
Whether you bring your own or have HCPL staff take your photo, here are the requirements.

You can have your photo taken at HCPL Passport Service locations for a fee of $10.00.

You must submit one photo with your application.

Photos must be:

  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
  • Photos must be in color (black and white photos cannot be accepted)
  • Photos must be printed on glossy or matte photo quality paper
  • Your photo must have been taken within 6 months of your application submission and reflect your current appearance.
  • If you wear glasses, take them off for the photo.
  • You must directly face the camera.  Profile shots will not be accepted. Your expression should be neutral with both eyes open and directly facing the camera. Photos with exaggerated expressions and squinting will not be accepted.
  • Your head should be between 1 inch and 1-3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of your chin to the top of your hair. If you are submitting a digital image, then your head should be between 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin.

For more information about passport photos, visit www.travel.state.gov's passport photos FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions - General

How much does a U.S. passport cost?

The cost of your U.S. passport will depend on the type of passport you request and how quickly you need it. See Passport Fees section above including a link to travel.state.gov fee calculator for information on the cost of a U.S. passport book or a U.S. passport card and optional fees.

How long does it take to get a passport

Routine: 6-8 weeks (includes mailing time).
Expedited: 2-3 weeks (includes mailing time).
Expedited at Agency: 8 business days (not including mailing time).

Check current processing times - U.S. Dept of State

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

This varies depending on the circumstances of the applicant, but for a standard passport application you will need the following:

  • Completed Form DS-11 (with BLACK ink only). 
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Current government-issued photo ID AND photocopy of ID.
  • Color passport photo (which can be taken at time of appointment for an additional $10 fee payable to Harris County Public Library)
  • Passport Fee (check, money order only. Payable to U.S. Department of State)
  • Acceptance Fee ($35.00. Checks, money orders or credit/debit card payable to Harris County Public Library. If paying with cash, please have the exact amount).

I am traveling very soon. How do I get a passport quickly?

My passport has already been issued and mailed to me, but I have not received it. What do I do?

Contact the National Passport Information Center by phone at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY) or email [email protected]. A Customer Service Representative will confirm the date your passport was mailed to you, the address to which it was mailed and, if necessary, help you to report the non-receipt of your passport.

You have 90 days from the date your passport was issued to report that you have not yet received it in the mail. If you do not report the non-receipt of your passport within 90 days of the issue date, you will be required to reapply and submit the full passport fee.

How many blank visa pages do I need to travel?

Some countries require that your passport have two to four blank visa/stamp pages. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

How long is a passport valid and is it true that it needs to have at least six months validity remaining?

If you were age 16 or older when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 10 years.

If you were under 16 when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 5 years.

The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.  Consider the following scenario: A country requires that you have at least six months of validity on your passport. You currently have seven months of validity on your passport.  However, your trip is two months from now. At that point, you will only have five months of validity remaining on your passport which is not enough to satisfy that country's entry requirements. In this situation, you would need to renew your passport before you can make your trip.

Check our Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If your passport has already expired, you may still be able to renew your passport by mail. See How to Renew Your U.S. Passport.

I was recently married/divorced. How do I change my name on my passport?

If you are changing your name within one year of the date your passport was issued you will need to complete Form DS-5504: Application for a U.S. Passport: Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Book Replacement.  You will not be charged a fee for this service.  

If you are changing your name more than a year after your passport was issued you must submit Form DS-82: Application for Passport by Mail.  You must pay all applicable fees to renew your passport. 

For more information, see  How to Change or Correct a Passport.

Why is there an acceptance fee for the passport and passport card?

The acceptance fee applies to first-time applicants, children, and those replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged passport who must appear in person before an agent authorized by the Secretary of State to give oaths to verify passport applications. In order to offer American citizens convenient locations to apply for a passport, the Department of State authorizes Passport Acceptance Agents to accept passport applications on its behalf. The acceptance fee is to reimburse the acceptance facility for the cost of the service provided to the customer and to serve as an incentive for participation in the Passport Application Acceptance Program.

When applying for both the passport book and card on the same application, you pay only one execution fee. The execution fee does not apply to adult passport book or card renewals when submitting Form DS-82.

My passport has been damaged. Can I continue to use it?

If your passport has been significantly damaged, especially the book cover or the page displaying your personal data and photo, you will need to apply for a new passport.  Damage that might require you to replace your passport includes water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing visa pages (torn out), a hole punch, or other injuries.

Normal "wear and tear" of a U.S. passport is expected and likely does not count as "damage."  For instance normal wear includes the bend of a passport after being carried in your back pocket or fanning of the visa pages after extensive opening and closing.

If you need to replace your damaged passport, you will need to submit the following in person (See Where to Apply):

  • The damaged passport;
  • A signed statement explaining the damaged or mutilated condition of your passport book and/or card; 
  • Form DS-11; and
  • All documents required by Form DS-11, including citizenship documentation (i.e., birth certificate).

Can I pay online?

No, the Department of State does not currently have the option to pay online for passport services, although this service may be offered in the future. You will not be asked to provide credit card information on this site at this time.

My address has changed. Do I need to update my passport?

If you have a passport application that is currently in process, you should contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 to notify them about the address change. You don't need to contact us if your address has changed after you received your passport.

I don't see the information I need here. Where can I find more.

For the most complete passport information, visit www.travel.state.gov or Passport Help

Frequently Asked Questions - Children (Under 16)

Does a minor under 16 need to have parental or legal guardian consent when applying for a passport?

Yes. For a complete explanation of Parental Consent for a Minor's passport application go to Children Under 16.

How do I renew my child's passport?

You cannot renew your child's passport. If your child is under age 16, he or she must appear in person with you and the child's other parent or guardian to apply. A child's application must be submitted in person at a passport agency or authorized passport application acceptance facility.  It cannot be renewed by mail.  For more information go to Children Under 16

What is the Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP)?

Parents may enroll their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), one of the Department of State’s most important tools for preventing international parental child abduction.  If a passport application is submitted for a child who is enrolled in CPIAP, the Department attempts to alert the parent or parents to verify whether the parents approve passport issuance.

Frequently Asked Questions - Passport Card

What is the passport card?

The passport card is the wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

Why can't I use the passport card to fly to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda?

The passport card was designed for the specific needs of northern and southern U.S. border communities with residents that cross the border frequently by land. The passport book is the only document approved for international travel by air.

How do I apply for a passport card?

You use the same form that you would use to apply for a passport book (DS-11 or DS-82). There is a checkbox on the form for you to indicate that you are applying for a passport card.

If you already have a passport book and you are eligible to use Form DS-82 (renewal by mail), you may apply for a passport card using DS-82 even if this is your first passport card. Otherwise you will need to use form DS-11 to apply for a passport card.

Can I apply for the passport card and passport book at the same time using the same application?

Yes, simply check the appropriate box at the top of the form to indicate that you would like to apply for both products.

If you already have a passport book and are eligible to use Form DS-82, you may apply for your new passport card by mail using Form DS-82. You may renew your passport book at the same time using the same form.

How long will it take to receive a passport card?

See Processing Times. The processing time for the passport card is the same as for the passport book.  Please note: passport cards are sent to you via First Class Mail. We do not send cards using a 1-2 day delivery service.

How many photos are required when applying for both the passport book and passport card on the same application?

Only one photo is required.

Frequently Asked Questions - Birth Documentation & Copies of Passport Records

How do I get a certified copy of my U.S. birth certificate?

Contact the Vital Statistics office in the state where you were born.

I was born abroad. How do I get one or more copies of my birth record?

Request a Certification of Report of Birth or learn more about birth records for U.S. citizens and nationals born abroad.

As of December 2010, the Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350) is no longer issued. Instead, you may request multiple copies of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). All previously issued DS-1350s are still valid as proof of identity, citizenship and for other legal purposes.

If you were born in the Panama Canal Zone, learn how to request multiple copies of your PCZ Birth Certificate.

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