You can apply for a passport at the Shields Township Office, and your passport will be mailed to you by the US Department of State.

Passports are done BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. 

We are happy to schedule your appointments on Monday and Thursday only. 


In order to keep our appointments running on schedule we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel your appointment if you are more than 10 minutes late. Please call us if you think you may be late and we will do our best to accomodate you. 

We are taking necessary precautions relating to Covid 19 and will be asking health related screening questions prior to confirming the passport appointments.

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

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 (phone: 877-487-2778). Appointments available from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

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.
  • Two checks or money orders: one payable to the US Department of State for the passport fee and the other payable to Shields Township for processing fees and passport photos. Cash, debit cards, and credit cards are NOT accepted.


  • Adult passport book: $130.00 (international travel)
  • Adult passport card: $30.00 (for use to Canada and Mexico while driving)
  • Child passport book (15 or younger): $100.00
  • Child passport card: $15.00
  • EXPEDITED fee for all passport books: add $60.00
  • Shields Township processing fee per person: $35.00
  • Passport photos: $12.00
  • There will be an additional cost for mailing expedited passports.

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.

Shields Township DOES NOT process adult passport renewals. If your passport was issued to you after the age of 16 you will need to follow the procedures on the Department of State's website. 

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