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Library Passport Services

The Chattanooga Public Library offers U.S. Passport Acceptance service by appointment only, at our Downtown location, Monday through Saturday. For appointments and questions, call (423) 643-7700.

Please read the following information before you call:

New Passports

Passport applications may be filled out online and printed from the Department of State or printed and filled out by hand, or obtained at the library ahead of time. Black ink must be used to fill out applications. Please don't sign them until asked to do so by a Passport Acceptance Agent.

Applicants for a new passport or replacement of a lost or stolen passport must provide the following:

Proof of U.S. citizenship, such as:

  • Certified, government-issued birth certificate showing parent(s) name(s), or

  • Original Naturalization Certificate, or

  • Previous passport, or

  • Certificate of Birth Abroad.

Current proof of identity, such as:

  • Driver's license or State ID along with secondary ID, or

  • U.S. Government ID card, or

  • Certificate of Naturalization, or

  • Military ID.

One 2"x2" photo which may be made at the library for a fee, or brought in. Photos:

  • Must be in color with a light background

  • May not be in profile

  • Must include only the head and top of shoulders.

All passport applicants must appear in person. Both parents must be present for applicants under 16 years old.

Passport Renewals

Adults wishing to renew expired passports should see the questionnaire on the front of the DS-82 form or on the Department of State website. They must be mailed in by the applicant. We are happy to take photos, provide mailers, or look over the application.

Anyone under 16 or under 16 for previous passport must use the DS-11 form, Application for a U.S. Passport.

Fees

Payable to U.S. Department of State by check or money order only:

  • Adult passport books: $110

  • Adult passport cards: $30 (covers limited travel options)

  • Minor (under 16) passport books: $80

  • Minor passport cards: $15 (covers limited travel options)

  • Expedite fee to receive passport in 3 weeks: $60 per applicant

Payable to Chattanooga Public Library by check, money order or cash:

  • Execution fee per passport application: $25

  • Passport photos if made here: $10 per person.

FAQ

How long will it take to get my passport?

The U.S. Passport Office guarantees delivery as follows:

  • Routine service is 6 weeks
  • Expedited service is 2-3 weeks with Overnight Delivery Services
  • Applicants may choose overnight delivery, one way or both ways, for additional fees

What if I need my passport sooner than the Expedite delivery date?

You may:

  • Contact the Atlanta Passport Office if you are traveling within 14 days, or

  • Contract with a third-party expediting service (listings available online; we cannot recommend services), or

  • Contact your local Congressman's office.

What is acceptable proof of U.S. Citizenship?

  • A certified copy with official seal (not a photocopy) of a government-issued birth certificate showing parent(s) name(s).

  • Hospital certificates are not acceptable.

  • California and Texas Certified Abstracts of Birth are not acceptable.

  • Certificate of Naturalization

  • Certificate of Birth Abroad

Where may I obtain a certified birth certificate?

Tennessee natives may obtain a certified birth certificate by contacting the office of vital records in the county in which they were born. Those born in Hamilton County can usually go to the Health Department at 921 E. 3rd St.

However, for births between 1950-1975, birth certificates must be obtained fromTennessee Vital Records in Nashville. Call (615) 741-1763 for more information.

People born in another state should contact the Vital Statistics office in the state of birth.

What is acceptable proof of identification?

Any of the following is acceptable proof of identification:

  • Valid driver's license

  • Valid state-issued ID along with secondary ID

  • Current passport

  • U.S. Government ID

  • Military ID

For any other questions, please call (423) 643-7700 and ask to speak to a Passport Acceptance Agent. We will be glad to help.