National Passport Center

COVID-19 Update: Phase One of Reopening

On Thursday, June 11, this passport center entered phase one of our three-phase reopening plan. During phase one, we will continue to prioritize customers who need a passport in the next 72 hours for a life-or-death emergency only. You must make an appointment. Customers must wear cloth face coverings in all common areas, including our lobbies, and observe strict social distancing.

A limited number of our employees will return to work allowing us to resume processing a limited number of applications we already received. We recommend customers wait to submit new or renewal applications as delays will continue in phase one. 

Learn more about our current operations and plans to reopen in phases on our COVID-19 Update page or our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Hours: 
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

By Appointment Only
Closed Federal Holidays

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of State
National Passport Center
CA/PPT/NPC
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1108
Sterling, VA 20166-1108

 

 

 
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How to Apply at a Passport Agency

1. Find out if you're eligible

If you have a life-or-death emergency, please see Life-or-Death Emergencies.

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2. Collect all your application materials

We have an online form filler so you can fill out your form and print it before you arrive for your appointment. You can also print a PDF of your form and complete your form by hand in blue or black ink before you arrive. Both these options reduce the amount of time you spend in our lobby on the day of your appointment. While we have forms available in our lobby, we ask that you bring your own blue or black ink pen to protect the health of other customers and our employees.
  • Appointment confirmation number
  • Printed proof of international travel
    • Examples: Flight receipt, flight itinerary, hotel reservation, cruise tickets, 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. Be sure to write down your appointment confirmation number.

To make an appointment, visit the Online Passport Appointment System.

You may also call 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY), se habla español.

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4. Arrive early to your appointment

Customers are required to wear face coverings to be able to enter the agency.
  1. We suggest you arrive 30 minutes early to go through security screening. Weapons, food, and drinks (except water in a sealable bottle) are not allowed.
  2. Check in at the Information Desk. Give them your appointment confirmation number to verify your appointment.
  3. Be seated and wait until we call your number.
  4. When we call your number, go to your assigned window.
  5. A Department of State employee will review your application and supporting materials and discuss available delivery options.

Please note: We may not see you exactly at your appointment time.

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Getting Here

Parking Information

Parking is available in the front of the building. Use the customer driveway entrance and parking spaces designated for passport customers.