Apply for a passport

What do I need to apply for a NEW passport for myself and/or my child?

Anyone applying for a first time passport must apply in person using form DS-11. If you were under 16 when your passport was issued (a 5 year passport) you can not renew.

  • APPLICATIONS – Applications may be filled out online at and then printed single-sided. The Library also provides applications which must be filled out in black ink with no whiteout. Do not sign the application until asked to do so by an agent. The applicant must be present. Both parents and children must be present for all minor applications under the age of 16.
  • VALID PHOTO ID – Applicants and parents of applicants under age 16 must have a valid photo ID.
  • ORIGINAL PROOF OF CITIZEN – such as certified, original, long form birth certificates, naturalization papers, or a U.S. Passport for applicants over the age of 16.
  • CURRENT PASSPORT PHOTO – The Library does NOT provide photo services; however, there are several places near the Library that provide the service, such as Costco and Walgreens. Please note: eyeglasses must be removed for passport photos and must be taken in the last six months.
  • FEES – The Library accepts cash or check for the Passport execution fee, which is $35.00 per passport application. All payments made to the U.S. Department of State must be made by check or money order. The Department of State does NOT accept credit or debit cards. For specific fee information, please contact the Library.
Note: The U. S. State Department has strict photo guidelines and acceptance of your photo is always at the discretion of the U. S. passport agency.

You can access our handy checklist with these requirements here, and a breakdown of the fees here.

For further information on the passport application process please visit the U.S. State Department websitePlease also feel free to call the Shorewood-Troy Public Library at (815) 725-1715. We are happy to review passport application requirements with you.

Passport Agency Hours

Shorewood-Troy Public Library has been designated as an official Acceptance Facility of the Department of State. We accept applications for NEW passports every day, except Sunday, during scheduled passport hours. You do not need an appointment. We take applications on a first come, first served basis and implement a wait list when necessary.

    Monday - Thursday:  10am - 6pm
    Friday: 10am - 5pm
    Saturday: 9am - 1pm

Adult Passport Renewals

Adult Passport renewals are easy to do. To renew a 10-year adult passport, visit and download form DS-82 along with the instructions. 
You can renew by mail if all of the following are true of your most recent U.S. Passport:
  • It is undamaged and can be submitted with your application;
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older;
  • Was issued within the last 15 years; (not expired more than 5 years) and
  • Was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change with a certified copy of your marriage certificate or government-issued document evidencing your legal name change.
Complete the application and mail the application, payment, and the passport to the address on the form. A trip to an acceptance facility is not necessary.
The Library does not accept mail-in renewal applications. Adult renewals are done by the adult and acceptance agencies do not accept these applications.

This is a general overview and not all situations are covered. Please contact the Library: (815)725-1715 or visit for more detailed information about passports.