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COVID-19 Update: Know Before You Apply For A U.S. Passport

If you are thinking about applying for or renewing a U.S. passport now for international travel, please read the Department of State's current international travel advisory. Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have extremely limited U.S. passport operations.

If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates). Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport.

Learn more on our COVID-19 Update page and our Frequently Asked Questions page.                  

Do you need to rush your passport?  During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only processing applications for customers who need to travel internationally in the next 72 hours (3 days) due to a life-or-death emergency.

What Service Should I Select

My Travel Date My Reason for Travel Service I Want My Processing Times Next Steps?
Right now I have a life-or-death emergency Life-or-Death Emergency Service Within 72 hours See our "Life-or- Death Emergencies" page to learn if you are eligible.
Less Than 3 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. I have urgent international travel plans. Expedited at an Agency or Center (suspended as of March 20, 2020) Suspended Please wait to apply until we resume normal operations and staff return to our facilities across the country.
3-8 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. (No reason needed) Expedited (suspended as of March 20, 2020) Suspended Please wait to apply until we resume normal operations and staff return to our facilities across the country.
More Than 8 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. (No reason needed) Routine (will be delayed as of March 20, 2020) Significant delays of several months Please wait to apply until we resume normal operations and staff return to our facilities across the country.

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Expedite at a Passport Agency or Center

As of March 20, 2020, we are only serving customers at our agencies and centers who have a life-or-death emergency
 
Select this option if your international travel date is in less than 3 weeks. Your application will be processed in 8 business days or less. 
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Expedite at an Acceptance Facility

As of March 20, 2020, we suspended offering expedited service. Expedited service is not available to any customers at this time. 

Select this option if your international travel date is in the next 3 to 8 weeks. Your application will be processed in 2-3 weeks.

You must use Form DS-11 when applying at an acceptance facility. If you need to renew your passport, you should use Form DS-82 and mail it to us. Here's how you expedite at an acceptance facility: 

  • Fill out your DS-11 application and collect your documents. See How to Apply to find the right form for you. 
  • Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee. See Passport Fees for more information.
  • Find the acceptance facility nearest you to turn in your application and fees. Contact the facility before arriving to determine if an appointment is required.
  • The expedite fee does not include the optional 1-2 day delivery fee of your completed passport.
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Expedite a Renewal by Mail

As of March 20, 2020, we suspended offering expedited service. Expedited service is not available to any customers at this time. 

Select this option if your international travel date is in the next 3 to 8 weeks. Your application will be processed in 2-3 weeks.

Form DS-82 must be mailed in unless you have urgent international travel and are eligible to renew in-person at a passport agency or center. To find out if you are eligible to use Form DS-82, see our Renew a Passport page.  Here's how to expedite a renewal by mail:

  • Fill out your DS-82 application and collect your documents.
  • Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee. See Passport Fees for more information.
  • Clearly mark "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope. 
  • The expedite fee does not include the optional 1-2 day delivery fee.
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1-2 Day Delivery (Optional)

You may choose to pay for 1-2 day delivery for your application. When you pay for this service, you're not paying for your passport to be completed in 1-2 days. You're paying for your completed passport to be shipped to you 1-2 days after we print it.

If you need your passport for urgent international travel in the next 2 days, please make an appointment at a passport agency or center.

  • If you are only applying for a passport card, we will send it to you via First Class Mail. We do not use 1-2 day delivery services for passport card only applications.
  • You may choose one or both of the following shipment options:
    • Delivery to us: Purchase 1-2 day delivery service at a post office or other passport acceptance facility for faster shipping of your application to us. The price for 1-2 day delivery service varies depending on the area of the country.
    • Return to you: Include the $17.13 1-2 day delivery service fee with your passport fee in your check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State for faster return shipping.
    • You may receive your passport and your supporting documents submitted with your application in separate mailings.
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Passport Expeditors or Courier Companies

Passport expeditor/courier companies are private entities, some of which are registered at our passport agencies, and are allowed to submit expedited passport applications on behalf of customers. To learn more about passport and visa expeditor/courier companies, please visit our Passport Expeditor/Courier page.