Two Hillsborough Libraries Now Accept Passport Applications
You can find many services at Hillsborough County libraries, ranging from meeting space to mobile motorist services to tax help. Now, two libraries have added another resource: U.S. passport application acceptance.
First-time passport applicants must submit their documentation and sign their paperwork in person at a Passport Acceptance Facility. In a partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library system has joined the list of acceptance locations as yet another way that libraries can offer a convenient service that will make life a little less stressful.
Library staff trained by the Department of State accept passport applications and fees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Port Tampa City Library, 4902 W. Commerce St. in Tampa, and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The Bloomingdale location also offers evening hours.
Appointments are necessary, and can be made by calling (813) 273-3652. An appointment must be made for each applicant, and all applicants must be present. Library passport services are for new applicants, and not for renewal services.
Travelers are reminded to apply for a passport card or passport book well before their trip. It typically takes the Department of State four to six weeks to process an application. Also, specific documents showing identification and proof of U.S. citizenship, as well as passport photos, must be submitted with the application.
For complete information about what’s required to apply for a passport, a link to the application, and a list of fees, visit the library's Passport Services page.