Where to Apply
Where you apply depends on a few things:
1. Are you traveling within 2 weeks or do you need to obtain a foreign visa within 4 weeks?
Apply in person at a Department of State Passport Agency
- You may apply for any service (renewal, passport card, etc.) at a passport agency
- You must pay the Expedite Fee when applying at a passport agency
- Appointments are necessary, and all agencies require proof of travel starting December 1, 2015. See detailed instructions for the agency where you wish to apply.
2. Can you wait a little longer? (2-3 weeks for Expedite, 4-5 weeks for Routine)
You can submit an application by mail in order to:
- Renew a passport (must be eligible)*
- Change or Correct a passport
- Add pages to a passport
- Replace a limited passport (must be eligible)
You must apply in person at a Passport Acceptance Facility (post office, clerk of court, etc.) in order to:
- Apply for a first-time passport
- Renew a passport that is not eligible to renew by mail (same process as applying for a first-time passport - see previous bullet)
- Apply for a passport for a child under the age of 16
- Apply for a passport for an adolescent 16-17 years old
*If you qualify to mail in your application (renewal, additional pages, correction, etc.), do not go to a passport acceptance facility.
3. Are you applying from outside the United States?
Applying for a U.S. passport while outside the United States* is a different process from applying for a U.S. passport while inside the United States.
- For information on how to submit an application for a U.S. passport overseas, please visit Applying from Outside the United States.
*Exception: If you reside in Canada, you may renew your passport by mail if you meet all eligibility requirements. Please visit our Renew a Passport page for more details.
Watch this video on how to apply in-person for an adult U.S. passport!