Need a passport? Go to the library, of course! The Prince William Public Library System now offers passport services at the Haymarket-Gainesville and Potomac Community libraries.
Until the libraries started offering these services, there were very few places to apply for passports in the area except for post offices and a single library in Alexandria, said Prince William Public Library System's Assistant Director Joslyn Dixon.
The U.S. State Department's Passport Services contacted the county's libraries because of the limited locations. "There was such a lack of available services in the area, and libraries were a natural fit," Dixon said.
Passport services at the Potomac Community Library are offered Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The days and times to apply for passports at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Once the applications are complete, the libraries send them to the U.S. State Department for approval. Once approved, the State Department will mail the passports to the applicants.
Some things to note if you plan to apply for a passport, the applicant must appear in person, regardless of age. Children 15 and under also need proof of parental relationship such as an original birth certificate or adoption papers and all custodial parents or legal guardians must appear in person. No debit or credit cards are accepted as forms of payment.
For detailed information about the cost, what you need to bring and a complete list of passport requirements, please visit travel.state.gov or call 1-877-2778.
More information about library programs can be found at pwcgov.org/library.