Passports are now required for land and sea crossings between the United States and Mexico or Canada.
The Inglewood Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility which processes applications for U.S. passports (passport books and passport cards) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for normal processing and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for expedited processing. The U.S. Department of State requires that travelers entering the United States from any foreign location have valid passports.
Applications for passport cards began on February 1, 2008. These cards, the size of a driver's license, are more convenient and less expensive than the traditional passport book. They are designed to facilitate the frequent land border crossings of U.S. citizens in border communities. They are not valid for air travel. For convenience, frequent border crossers may obtain both a passport book and a passport card.
Applications at Inglewood Public Library must include a check or money order for the federal application fees payable to the U. S. Department of State. For applicants age 16 and older, the fee is $75.00 for a passport book (10 year expiration) or $20.00 for a passport card. For applicants under age 16, the fee is $60.00 for a passport book (5 year expiration) or $10.00 for a passport card. The Library, as an official Passport Acceptance Facility, charges an additional $25.00 (cash, check or money order) execution fee. Contact the Library (310-412-5397) for information on expedited service for an additional cost.
Applicants must bring proof of identity, proof of citizenship, and two photos meeting State Department requirements. The Library does not take passport photos at this time. Photos may be obtained at reasonable cost at the Auto Club, Costco, and many pharmacies. Proof of citizenship is an American birth certificate or Certificate of Naturalization.
Passports issued within the last 15 years to someone then 16 years or older may be renewed by mail if the undamaged passport may be submitted with the application. The $75.00 application fee applies, but there is no $25.00 execution fee.
Passport processing times increased dramatically but temporarily in 2007 due to the phased implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The Department of State reports at this time that routine service for passport applications is four weeks or less. Processing with expedited service (available at the Library) takes two weeks. A need for a passport within the next two weeks requires making an appointment to apply at an official Passport Agency. The Los Angeles Passport Agency is located in Suite 1000 of the Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Boulevard. Call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment.
Further information is available on the U.S. Department of State web site.
Travel document security remains a top priority for the U.S. Government. Both the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Congress urged strengthening of travel documents to prevent entry of terrorists across our borders, reduce use of fraudulent documents, and speed up entry procedures.