You can apply for a passport at the Shields Township Office, and your passport will be mailed to you by the U.S. Department of State. No appointment is necessary. 

Passport hours are:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday
9:00 am to 11:30 am Friday

Visit for more information or to download the application forms and fill them out in advance.

Regular processing takes four to six weeks at a cost of $110.00.  Expedited  two to three weeks processing available for additional $60.  If you plan to depart in less than two weeks apply at the Chicago Passport Agency, 101 West Congress Parkway, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60605.  Appointments available from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday.   Phone 877-487-2778.  

What you will need

  • An application, available at the Shields Township Office or online.
  • Your old passport (issued over 15 years ago) or a certified birth certificate or certificate of naturalization. All documents must be sealed, certified originals. No photocopies can be accepted.
  • Valid photo ID.  State ID and driver's license are both acceptable forms of identification. Your identification must include your photo, signature, issue date, and expiration date.
  • One passport photo: Passport-specific photos are 2"x2" in size. It should be recent and show clear likeness, front view, full face, eyes open, with a plain white background.
  • Forms of payment for the two separate fees (the "passport fee" and the "execution fee")  Fees must be in the form of a personal check, cashier's check, or money order- one payable to U.S. Department of State.  The other payable to Shields Township.  Cash, debit or credit cards are not accepted.  


Passport renewals

If your most recent passport was issued less than 15 years ago, you can get a mail-in application at the Township Office or download the form online on the State Department's website. Get more information on passport renewal here.


Fees paid to Shields Township for passport services are used to your neighbors in need.