Come tomorrow, you can get a new passport at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. NW for a modest fee, and get your picture taken, too.
D.C. Public Libraries today announces that it will run a “Passport Acceptance Center” in cooperation with the U.S. State Department Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at its biggest facility. The program is part of the agency’s efforts to generate revenue through legally regulated activity like event-hosting. DCPL will charge $25 to process new passport applications and $15 to take passport photos; standard fees for passport books and cards (which allow people to travel to other countries within North America) still apply:
“While no appointment is necessary, the time required to complete the application process may cause wait times,” DCPL explains in a press release. “Customers who cannot be seen right away will be given a pager and encouraged to explore the library.”
So you may walk out of MLK a little over $100 poorer, but just think about the treasures you’ll find in books or travel.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery. Screenshot via DCPL