San Diego Passport Agency

Know Before You Go: Travel Advisories for Out-of-State Customers

  • In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission, many states have travel advisories for anyone traveling from states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.
  • The advisories may require out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for up to 14 days. Other states may require a negative test for COVID-19 before out-of-state travelers can enter. Exceptions may apply for transiting through the state by car, train, bus, or airplane.
  • Customers who want to schedule an appointment at an agency or center that is located out of state should check for travel advisories in the state where the passport agency or center is located.

Physical Address:
1 Columbia Place
401 West A St, 10th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

(Main entry at corner of Columbia Street and West A St.)

Hours: 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

By Appointment Only
Closed Federal Holidays

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of State
San Diego Passport Agency
CA/PPT/SD
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1136
Sterling, VA 20166-1136

 

 

 
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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 have a life-or-death emergency which requires you to travel internationally in the next 72 hours (3 business days). Go to our Life-or-Death Emergencies page for more information. 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
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
When arriving for your appointment, enter the building lobby and call security at 619-232-4330. You will not be permitted access to the 10th floor without security permission.
  1. We suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to go through security screening. Weapons, food, and drinks (except water in a sealable bottle) are not allowed.
  2. Take the elevator to the 10th floor.
  3. Check in at Window #1. Give them your appointment confirmation number to verify your appointment.
  4. Be seated and wait until we call your number.
  5. When we call your number, go to your assigned window.
  6. 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

Metered parking is available, and public parking lots start at $15/day.