Where to Apply

COVID-19 Update: Safely Working for You

August 3, 2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our workforce and customers, we significantly reduced passport operations in March 2020. We temporarily suspended expedited passport processing and restricted service to cases involving life-or-death emergencies. As global conditions evolve and U.S. states begin to reopen, we are resuming operations in phases. We ask for your patience as we safely work on your application.

As of Monday, August 3, a total of 6 passport agencies and centers are in phase two, and 12 agencies and centers are in phase one of our three-phase reopening plan. Go to our Passport Agency and Center page for more information.

You can apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail now, but unless you have a life-or-death emergency, you will experience delays before receiving your passport and the return of your citizenship documents such as previous passports, and birth and naturalization certificates.

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

Where you apply depends on when you need your U.S. passport.

Please Note: The instructions below are for those applying inside the United States. For information on how to apply for a U.S. passport outside the United States, please visit Apply Outside the United States.

What Service Should I Select

My Travel Date My Reason for Travel Service I Want My Processing Times Next Steps?
Right now I have a life-or-death emergency Life-or-Death Emergency Service Within 72 hours See our "Life-or- Death Emergencies" page to learn if you are eligible.
Less Than 3 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. I have urgent international travel plans. Expedited at an Agency or Center  Suspended Please read about our plans to reopen in phases and safely work for you.
3-8 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. (No reason needed) Expedited  Suspended Please read about our plans to reopen in phases and safely work for you.
More Than 8 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. (No reason needed) Routine  Expect delays  Please read about our plans to reopen in phases and safely work for you.

Applying in Person

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