Plan now. Avoid stressful travel later.
Apply for your passport well ahead of planned travel! There has been increasingly strong demand for U.S. passports in recent years, and it continues to grow. Whether you are renewing a passport or applying for the first time, the passport application process can be completed without added stress if done ahead of time.
Pro Tips for Your U.S. Passport:
- Plan ahead! Save $60 per application by choosing routine service (6 weeks processing time) instead of expedited service (3 weeks processing time).
- You can conveniently renew passports by mail at any time if you meet certain criteria.
- Review the entry/exit requirements for your destination now. Many countries require U.S. passports to have at least 6 months of validity and some require two blank pages for entry.
- Look out for passport expiration dates, because they can differ. Many parents forget or don't realize that a child's passport is valid for 5 years unlike adult passports which are valid for 10 years.
Renew by Mail:
Apply in Person:
- You must apply in person if you:
- Are a first-time applicant
- Are under 16 years old
- Have lost your most recent passport
- Otherwise do not meet the requirements to renew by mail
- There are more than 8,000 authorized passport acceptance facilities where you can apply in person. Find one near you.
- Children under 16 years old must apply in person. See their requirements and separate requirements for 16 and 17 year olds.
- Routine and expedited services are both offered.
- If you are traveling in less than 2 weeks or need a foreign visa within 4 weeks, you may schedule an appointment at a U.S. Department of State passport agency.
- You must show proof of travel within two weeks in order to make an appointment.
- You must pay the $60 expedite fee.
- Call the National Passport Information Center to make an appointment.
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