Life-or-Death Emergencies

You may be eligible for an appointment if your immediate family member has died or is seriously ill or injured while abroad and you need to travel outside the United States within 72 hours (3 business days). Immediate family members include parents, legal guardians, children, spouses, siblings, and grandparents. 

If you're traveling in more than 72 hours, learn more about Where to Apply

If you need a passport due to a life-or-death emergency within 72 hours (3 business days), you must call us. Appointments for this service are extremely limited due to our limited staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You must provide:

  • A passport application with supporting documents
  • Proof of the life-or-death emergency such as a death certificate, a statement from a mortuary, or a signed letter from a hospital or medical professional. Documents must be in English or translated in English by a professional translator.
  • Proof of international travel (itinerary, ticket, reservation) specific to the emergency

How to Contact Us

From the United States:

From outside the United States:

Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.