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Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) is an officially designated passport application acceptance facility.  Passport processing hours at the Bridgewater branch are set for your convenience. Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis during the hours posted below. No appointment necessary.

On Wednesday evenings, we shall offer passport processing and photo services at our other SCLSNJ branches on a rotating basis.
Click here for the travel schedule.

DAY OF WEEKHOURS OF SERVICELOCATION
MondayCLOSEDCLOSED
Tuesday10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Bridgewater Library
Wednesday6-8 p.m.
Click here for travel schedule
Thursday4-8 p.m.Bridgewater Library
Friday12-4 p.m.Bridgewater Library
Saturday10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Bridgewater Library
SundayCLOSEDCLOSED

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What should I bring to the library?
Passport Application Checklist:

Must be completed in black ink. Find the DS-11 and other useful forms here.

You will be required to submit an original citizenship document and photocopy with your application to the U.S. Department of State. Original documents will be returned in a separate mailing after you have received your U.S. passport.

  • Applicants born in the U.S. need a certified birth certificate with a raised, embossed, or multicolored seal; showing the full name of the parent(s); signature of Registrar; and a filing date that is within one year of the birth issued from the Bureau of Vital Statistics or the city of birth.
    • Birth certificates issued by Jersey City, NJ are not accepted by the Department of State. A birth certificate issued by the NJ Bureau of Vital Statistics in Trenton is instead required (609-292-4087 or 609-633-2860).
  • Applicants born outside the U.S. must submit a Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth, or a Certification Report of Birth Abroad. Foreign-born children of naturalized parents may apply for a U.S. Passport, provided the child was under the age of 18 when the parents became naturalized.

*Photocopies must be legible, printed on white letter size (8.5×11 in.) standard paper, and include the front and back of the document (if there is printed information on the back). SCLSNJ has a copy machine at each branch for your convenience.

Original proof of identity (ID) is needed for passport agent review. A photocopy will be sent with your application to the U.S. Department of State.

  • Prior U.S. Passport
  • Valid photo driver’s license
  • Government photo ID: city, state, or federal
  • Military photo ID: military and dependents, etc.
  • Naturalization Certificate

*Photocopies must be legible, printed on one side of white letter size (8.5×11 in.) standard paper, and include the front and back of the ID (if there is printed information on the back). SCLSNJ has a copy machine at each branch for your convenience.

You must provide your Social Security number in order to apply for your U.S. Passport.

Credit, cash, check, or money order payable to Somerset County Library System.

Acceptance FeePhoto Fee*Express Mail Delivery
$35+ $10+ $26

*Purchase Express Mail Delivery for 1-2 day shipping of your application from SCLSNJ to the U.S. Department of State.

ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Payment by a separate check or money order per applicant to the U.S. Department of State.
The applicant’s full name and date of birth must be on the memo line of the check or money order.

Passport Books are valid for international travel by any means of transportation via air, sea, or land. Passport Cards are only valid for travel by land or sea from the Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda, and Canada.
Passport BookRoutine Service
(4-6 weeks)
*Expedited Service
(2-3 weeks)
**Express Mail Return
for Expedited Service
Adults (Age 16 and up)$110+ $60 = $170+ $15.89 = $185.89
Children (Under age 16)$80+ $60 = $140+ $15.89 = $155.89
Passport CardRoutine Service
(4-6 weeks)
*Expedited Service
(2-3 weeks)
**Express Mail Return
for Expedited Service
Adults (Age 16 and up)$30+ $60 = $90N/A
Children (Under age 16)$15+ $60 = $75N/A
Passport Book and CardRoutine Service
(4-6 weeks)
*Expedited Service
(2-3 weeks)
**Express Mail Return
for Expedited Service
Adults (Age 16 and up)$140+ $60 = $200+ $15.89 = $215.89
Children (Under age 16)$95+ $60 = $155+ $15.89 = $170.89

*Purchase Expedited Service to receive your passport product in less time.

** Purchase Express Mail Return for 1-2 day return shipping of your passport product. Express Mail Return
is not available for passport card.

You must provide one photo with your passport application.
SCLSNJ offers passport photos at a cost of $10. Read more about passport photo requirements here.

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Helpful Hints

You must apply in person if:

  • You are a first time applicant,
  • Your previous passport was issued before you were 16 years of age, or
  • Your previous passport expired more than five years ago.
  • All minors must be present and both parents must execute the application. Minors age 16 and over must execute the application. One parent should accompany minors ages 16 to 17 unless the minor has a valid driver’s license (not a learner’s permit).

The passport application process can be time-consuming. Plan your visit accordingly. This is especially important when applying for passports for multiple family members. In the event that a passport acceptance agent believes the process cannot be completed prior to the desk closing, you may be requested to return at another time. We advise you to call ahead to before your visit, in order to determine your correct fees. You can reach us at (908) 458-8400 ext 1161 beginning September 18.

SCLSNJ will do everything we can to help you track the progress of your application; however, we have no control over its actual processing. Visit the State Department’s Passport Application Status Webpage at passportstatus.state.gov to check on the status of your passport application. Processing time may fluctuate according to workload in the U.S. Passport processing offices. Click here for Current Processing Times

For a child under age 16, both parents or the child’s legal guardian(s) must appear when submitting a passport application. If only one parent appears, you must also submit one of the following:

  1. Second parent’s notarized written statement consenting to passport issuance for the child, with photocopy of front and back of non-applying parent’s identification used during notary or
  2. Primary evidence of sole authority to apply, or
  3. A written statement (made under penalty of perjury) explaining the second parent’s unavailability.

SCLSNJ does not currently offer translation services. Applicants who are more comfortable communicating in a language other than English may bring a trusted companion to act as a translator. Please contact us with any questions – (908) 458-8400 ext. 1161 or passports@sclibnj.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Passport Services recommends that the following U.S. citizens maintain valid U.S. passports: Those with family living or traveling abroad, those thinking about a vacation abroad, or those with a job that could require international travel.

The passport application process will take from 15-30 minutes per applicant. More time may be needed for complex cases involving citizenship, parental guardianship, or last-minute travel.

Passport Books are valid for international travel by any means of transportation via air, sea, or land. Passport Cards are only valid for travel by land or sea from the Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda, and Canada. The cost differs as well. For individuals 16 years and older the passport book costs $110 while the passport card costs $30. For minors 15 and younger the passport book costs $80 and the passport card costs $15.

If you select Routine Service, 4 – 6 weeks from the date of application; Expedited Service takes 2 – 3 weeks. Processing time may fluctuate according to workload in the U.S. Passport processing facilities.

You can make an appointment and apply at the nearest Passport Agency. Contact the National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778 for more information. The nearest Passport Agencies are in New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Proof of travel within two weeks may be required to book an appointment with a Passport Agency.

Yes. The applying child aged 15 and younger must be accompanied by both parents. For extenuating circumstances call (877) 487-2778. Applicants under the age of 16 must submit a copy of a birth certificate even if they previously had a passport.

Visit the State Department’s Passport Application Status web page at passportstatus.state.gov to check on the status of your passport application.
Processing time may fluctuate according to workload in the U.S. Passport processing facilities.

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. For more information visit travel.state.gov keyword: Country Information.

Most passports can be renewed by mail. Form DS-82 is the passport renewal application. The renewal application can be filled out and mailed by the applicant. You may renew by mail if you currently hold a 10 year passport that is less than 5 years expired. Detailed instructions are included on the application. SCLSNJ does provide photo services for those renewing their passport for a fee of $10.

You are eligible to renew by mail using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport meets all five of these requirements:

  1. Is submitted with your application
  2. Is undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
  3. Was issued when you were age 16 or older
  4. Was issued within the last 15 years
  5. Was issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)

If any of the above statements do not apply to you, you must Apply in Person using form DS-11. Call (908) 458-8400 ext. 1161 with any questions.

You can renew your passport at any time during its validity and up to 5 years after its expiration. 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.

The Department of State accepts legible photocopies of U.S. birth certificates despite the copy restriction. If you elect not to submit a photocopy, you can submit a second certified copy of your birth certificate.

While the Department of State returns the original to you, they retain the additional copy with your passport record. This assists the Department’s effort to preserve the integrity of the passport issuance process, and reduces the risk of another person attempting to use evidence in your name to get a passport.

You can order a certified copy of your birth certificate online. Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics web page at www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/index.htm 

A neutral facial expression is preferable; a natural closed-mouth smile is acceptable. SCLSNJ passport agents will guide you through the process.

Contact SCLSNJ:
(908) 458-8400 ext. 1161
SCLSNJ.org/passports
passports@sclibnj.org
Visit the State Department Website:
travel.state.gov
Contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC):
(877) 487-2778
npic@state.gov
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