Where to Apply

We have three options to submit your application: at an acceptance facility, by mail, or at a passport agency or center. Where you apply depends on how fast you need your passport, and what passport form you are submitting. Learn more about each option on this page.


Acceptance Facilities

There are over 7,000 acceptance facilities. These locations:


By Mail

Mail your application to us if you are renewing your passport, or changing or correcting your current passport.

When mailing your application, keep in mind:

  • You can select routine or expedited service.
  • Do not mail your application if you are traveling urgently. See Get my Passport Fast to learn about other options for urgent service.  
  • Postal employees should never review your DS-82 or DS-5504 application, and should never charge you an execution, or acceptance, fee for submitting these forms.



Passport Agency or Center

Our passport agencies and centers:

  • Provide in-person services to customers who have urgent international travel within 14 calendar days or need a foreign visa within 28 calendar days.
  • Are operated by the U.S. Department of State and are different than passport acceptance facilities which may include post offices, libraries, and local government offices. 
  • Accept all passport forms
  • Require appointments: You must call us at 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment for either Life-or-Death Emergency Service or Urgent Travel Service. 

If you have not applied, your appointment must be scheduled within 14 calendar days of your international travel. If you have already applied, we cannot schedule an appointment until you are within 5 calendar days of international travel. Appointments are limited and we cannot guarantee that one will be available. 


Last Updated: March 22, 2023

Applying in Person

Watch this video on how to apply in-person for an adult U.S. passport!