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A U.S. passport is your ticket to international travel. The U.S. passport is a request to foreign governments to permit you to travel or temporarily reside in their territories and have access to lawful local aid and protection. The passport allows you access to U.S. consular services and assistance while abroad. Most importantly, it allows you to re-enter the United States upon your return home.
The Department of State issues U.S. passports to traveling U.S. citizens. We protect the integrity of the U.S. passport as proof of U.S. citizenship at home and around the world.
Passport Services consists of:
We also issue passports for U.S. citizens that apply at our embassies and consulates abroad.
If you are interested in passport statistics, please visit our Passport Statistics page for information on:
The Department of State will issue secure travel documents to U.S. citizens while providing the highest level of customer service, professionalism, and integrity.