December 1, 2017, the Avon and North Ridgeville branches of the Lorain Public Library System will accept passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. LPLS is the first library in Lorain County to offer one-stop passport application processing. Form execution ($25) and photo services ($11), paid separately, will be provided by appointment during regular hours.
"Adding this feature at two of our locations is a natural next step in our mission to serve the community,” LPLS Director Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz commented. “Patrons come to the library for a world of information such as taking out travel books, learning languages and increasing avenues of understanding to other cultures. Now, the library system can help them actually travel abroad.”
- The passport submission process will take approximately 20 to 60 minutes.
- First time applicants will need to apply in person.
- Routine processing will take four to six weeks.
- Expedited two- to three-week service will require an additional fee. For more information about costs, U.S. citizenship or proof of identity requirements, and to download a U.S. passport application, visit the State Department website or call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778.
Passport Center Location and Service Hours
The Avon library (37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, OH 44011, 440-934-4743) hours are 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; noon – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. They are closed Sunday.
The North Ridgeville library (35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039, 440-327-8326) hours are 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.
Apply for a Passport
If this is your first passport, you'll need to apply in person. When applying for a passport in person, you need to submit:
- A completed (unsigned) application for passport filled out in black ink
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
- Current proof of identity
- One passport photo
Different passport fees may apply. Some fees are paid directly to the U.S. Department of State and others are paid directly to LPLS. We advise you to call ahead to the Avon or North Ridgeville branch before you visit to determine your correct fees.
- There is a $25 Execution Fee for each new passport, payable by personal check, money order to the Lorain Public Library System and cash (exact change requested)
- A passport photo fee of $11, is payable by cash, check or money order to the Lorain Public Library System
- Credit and debit cards CANNOT be accepted
NOTE: When applying for a new passport, a check (personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's) or money order must accompany the passport application, made payable to the "U.S. Department of State". We advise you to call ahead to the Avon or North Ridgeville branch before you visit, to determine the correct fees.
If you are renewing an expired adult passport issued within the last 15 years, you will have to apply by mail. Renewal forms are available online through the State Department website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find passport application details on the Department of State passport page and from the National Passport Center, 877-487-2778. The U.S. Department of State has the sole responsibility for examining applications and issuing passports.
How long does it take to receive my passport?
Routine application processing takes four to six weeks. The Library can also provide expedited service for an additional fee, which reduces the processing time to as little as two to four weeks.
Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?
If you were born in Lorain County, Ohio, visit the Lorain County General Health District Birth Certificates page. Or if you were born in another county visit the state Department of Health’s Vital Records page. If you were born in another state, visit the CDC’s page with links to each state’s vital records contact information and website.
Can I get a passport for my child?
- For all children under age 16: Children must accompany you to apply for a passport.
- All applications for children under 16 require both parents or legal guardians to be present during the application process.
- Birth certificates must be submitted for all children showing parental relationship (even if the child has had a previous passport).
- For all children age 16 to 17: The minor must appear in person.
Can I apply for a visa at the library?
Passport application acceptance agencies do not handle visas. A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that allows the bearer to visit that foreign country. Foreign entry requirements vary by country. See the Special Issuance Agency page for information.