Houston Passport Agency

Physical Address:
George Thomas "Mickey" Leland Federal Building
1919 Smith Street, 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Hours: 
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Mondays through Fridays

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

Application Numbers Start With:
79

 
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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:

  • If you have not yet applied, you must be traveling internationally within 14 calendar days. 
  • If you have already applied, you must be traveling internationally within 5 calendar days.  
  • Be able to show printed proof of international travel (see examples in the 'Collect all your application materials' section below on this page).
  • Pay the $60 expedite fee in addition to the regular application fees.
  • Note: your appointment must be within 14 calendar days of your international travel if you have not yet applied, or 5 calendar days if you have already applied. If you need a foreign visa, the date of your appointment must be within 28 calendar 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.

We do not charge a fee to make appointments. If you asked to pay for an appointment, you should consider the request to be fraudulent. We are not affiliated with any third-party appointment booking services. We may not be able to honor appointments booked via third parties. Do not attempt to book duplicate appointments.

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2. Collect all your application materials

  • Printed confirmation of your appointment
  • 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
    • Pay using a credit or debit card, or a prepaid card that is not linked to a line of credit or bank account. 

*We accept 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

We have different steps to make an appointment if you have not yet applied for a passport or you have already applied. 

I have not yet applied

  1. Go to our Online Passport Appointment System.
  2. Enter information about your travel plans to see if you qualify for an appointment. You may make an appointment for up to 7 members of your household.
  3. Enter your email address. We will email you a code which you must enter to continue making an appointment. Check your junk or spam folder if you do not see the code in your inbox.
  4. Enter your mobile phone number. We will send you an SMS text message with another code you must enter to continue making an appointment.
  5. Complete the process of scheduling your appointment and check your email for a message confirming the details of your appointment. The system will hold your appointment for 15 minutes. If you do not confirm your appointment within 15 minutes, you will need to restart the process of making an appointment.
  6. If you need to cancel or change the appointment you booked online, click the link in the confirmation email to access information about your appointment. Please note if you booked your appointment over the phone, you must forward the email you received confirming your appointment to NPIC@state.gov with “Cancel my Appointment” in the subject line. 

I have already applied

Call 1-877-487-2778 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Mondays through Fridays, or on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our appointment line is closed on federal holidays. 

If you are traveling in the next 6 to 14 days, we will notify the agency processing your application of your date of travel. If you are traveling within 5 days, we will attempt to make an appointment for you. 

Se habla español. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call 1-888-874-7793 for TDD/TTY teletype services. 

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4. Arrive early to your appointment

Only the applicant (and/or parents, if applicant is a minor child) will be allowed into the agency to apply for the passport.
  1. Upon arrival you will go through a security check on the 1st floor of the building. Please do not bring any weapons, pocket knives, scissors and cigarette lighters. Do not bring food or drinks. Bringing large bags and electronics such as laptops will increase your time at the security check.  You will be asked to remove all metallic objects and place your belongings on the X-ray table. Expect the possibility of being requested to remove your shoes and other items as well.
  2. After leaving the security screening area, proceed to the last set of elevators. Our office is on the 4th floor.
  3. Once on the 4th floor, listen for instructions from the Uniformed Officers and proceed to the check-in window.  There you will be asked to keep your telephone on silent, and provide your confirmation, PIN, and telephone number.  Additionally you will be vetted to ensure you have completed the passport application and have all other required documents, including your printed travel itinerary, photograph, and original citizenship evidence.  For minor applicants, please know you are required to bring the child to the appointment and must have appropriate parental consent from all parents.
  4. At the check-in window, you will be provided further instructions on how to proceed.

Please note: We may not be able to see you exactly at your appointment time.  An appointment does not guarantee that you will receive a passport.  Once we review your documents, we will provide you with instructions on your next steps.  Please complete your application before arriving at our agency; however, please do not sign the application.  During your appointment, we will request photocopies of your citizenship and identity documents, a passport photograph, and printed proof of international travel.  If you do not have these items when you arrive at our check-in window, 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). 

Please be aware that there are scammers in the area who engage with passport applicants regularly and make attempts to take your parking fees from you, we advise you to be vigilant and pay close attention before engaging with suspicious individuals in the surrounding area.  Also note, parking rules are strictly enforced around the agency, if you do not follow the instructions provided, your vehicle may be booted or towed.  Please pay close attention to signage and meter timeframes. 

Last Updated: January 16, 2024