The Goodnow Library is an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility and accepts U.S. Passport applications by appointment.

Please call (978) 440-5520 or email [email protected] to make an appointment!

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What do I need to bring with me to the library when I apply?

  • Completed Form DS-11 printed or filled out in black ink. Do NOT sign your form until you are told to do so by the passport acceptance agent at the library.  Forms are available at the library but can also be downloaded from the State Department’s website.
  • Proof of identification: usually a driver’s license or previously issued valid passport, but also Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, US Military ID, or government employee ID. All must have an identifiable photo.
    • If applying with a minor (under the age of 16), both parents must be present and have proof of identification. If both parents can not be present, additional documentation will be required.
    • Minors ages 16 and 17 may submit their own identification or have one parent present to present proof of identification.
  • Evidence of US citizenship: usually an original birth certificate (no photocopies), original Certificate of Naturalization, or previously issued valid passport. Additional documentation or a File Search Fee may be required if these can not be provided.
  • Photograph of each applicant. See Form DS-11 for details. The library is not equipped to take passport photos at this time.
  • Payment to the US Department of State must be made with check or money order, and it is strongly encouraged that a separate check  be written for each applicant. The Execution (Processing) Fee may be paid to the library in cash, check, or money order made out to the Goodnow Library.

*Applicants looking to renew their passport do not need to visit a Passport Acceptance Facility – please follow the directions to complete application and mail, found on Form DS-82

Processing Times:
Routine service: 4-6 weeks
Expedite service: 2-3 weeks

The requirements, fees and processing times are subject to change. Please inform us if you are traveling in less than 6 weeks so that we can inform you of options to expedite your application. Applicants are encouraged to visit the U.S. State Department website Passport Information Pages for the most up-to-date information.

  • Plan ahead when traveling abroad: allow six weeks for processing your passport.
  • If you are traveling internationally in less than 2 weeks or need to obtain a foreign visa within 4 weeks, we will be unable to accept your passport application.  You must call 1-877-487-2778 within 2 weeks of travel for an appointment at a Passport Agency. This line is available 24/7. The same application requirements will apply.  In addition, proof of travel will be required.
        •  The nearest Passport Agency is:
                   Tip O’Neill Federal Building
                 10 Causeway Street, Room 247
                  Boston, Massachusetts 02222