Houston Passport Agency

Physical Address:
George Thomas "Mickey" Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street, 1st Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Hours: 
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday

By Appointment Only
Closed Federal Holidays

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of State
Houston Passport Agency
CA/PPT/HN
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1080
Sterling, VA 20166-1080

 
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How to Apply at a Passport Agency

1. Find out if you're eligible

To apply at this passport agency, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Make an appointment by calling 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Our appointment line is closed on the weekend and on federal holidays. We do not charge a fee to make appointments.
  • Be traveling internationally within 72 hours (or 3 business days)
  • Be able to show printed proof of international travel (such as your flight itinerary, hotel reservation, cruise tickets, or international car insurance)
  • Pay the $60 expedite fee in addition to the regular application fees.
  • Note: you can schedule your appointment up to 2 weeks before your international travel but the date of your appointment must be within 3 business days of your international travel. If you need a foreign visa, the date of your appointment must be within 10 business days of your international travel.

If you have a life-or-death emergency, please see Life-or-Death Emergencies. If you don't meet the requirements for an appointment, please see Where to Apply for other options.

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2. Collect all your application materials

  • Appointment confirmation number and instructions emailed to you by the National Passport Information Center when the appointment was scheduled.
  • Printed proof of international travel
    • If you are flying internationally, you must provide a flight receipt or an itinerary. If you are traveling by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean, you can provide a hotel reservation, cruise tickets, or international car insurance.
  • Completed form(s)*
  • All required supporting documents*
  • One passport photo
  • Application fee and expedite fee. We accept:
    • Major credit cards
    • Debit/Check card (not ATM cards)
    • Cash (exact amount only- no change provided)
    • Checks
    • Bank Draft or Money order
  • If you are applying for a child under 16, both parents and child must be present to apply. You must submit documentation that shows parental relationship to that of the child applying for a passport.  See Children Under 16 for a full list of requirements and documents.

*The agency accepts all forms for first-time and renewal customers. Not sure what forms or supporting documents you need? Start at the Passport Application Wizard.

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3. Make an appointment

You must make an appointment to apply at a passport agency. Due to limited availability for urgent travel appointments, we cannot guarantee you service at a passport agency or center.

To make an appointment, you must call 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY). Se habla español. Be sure to keep track of the appointment confirmation number and the check-in instructions you will receive by email from the National Passport Information Center. You will need this information on the day of your appointment. 

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4. Arrive early to your appointment

We ask that you come prepared and bring a mask or face covering to your appointment. While public health guidance has changed during the pandemic as more U.S. citizens are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, some of our agencies and centers are located in buildings that have different policies for wearing masks and face coverings than our lobby and waiting areas. Follow the signs posted in the building and the lobby of our agency or center which will display the most up-to-date mask and face covering requirements.
 
Only the applicant (and/or parents, if applicant is a minor child) will be allowed into the agency to apply for the passport.
  1. We suggest you arrive no sooner than 15 minutes of your appointment to go through security screening. Weapons, food, and drinks (except water in a sealable bottle) are not allowed in the agency.
  2. After leaving the security screening area, proceed to the elevators, our office is located on the 4th floor. 
  3. Check in at the Information Desk. Give them your appointment confirmation number and make sure you have the required documents.
  4. You will be given further instructions regarding if you will wait or go to the passport office. 

Please note: We may not see you exactly at your appointment time. An appointment does not guarantee that you will receive a passport. Once we review your documents, we'll give you instructions on your next steps. Please complete your application before arriving but do not sign it. Bring photocopies of your citizenship and ID documents, a passport photo, and proof of international travel. If you don't have these items when you arrive, your application process will be delayed. 

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Getting Here

Parking Information

There are several parking locations in close proximity to the George Thomas "Mickey" Leland Federal Building. Most fees average $10. Additionally, there is metered parking available behind the building (on Pierce St).