Where to Apply

COVID-19 Update: Know Before You Apply For A U.S. Passport

If you are thinking about applying for or renewing a U.S. passport now for international travel, please read the Department of State's current international travel advisory. Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have extremely limited U.S. passport operations.

If you apply or renew now, you will experience significant delays of several months to receive your U.S. passport and the return of your citizenship evidence documents (such as birth certificates or naturalization certificates). Unless you have a life-or-death emergency, please wait until we resume normal operations to apply for or renew your passport.

Learn more 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 as of March 20, 2020) Suspended Please wait to apply until we resume normal operations and staff return to our facilities across the country.
3-8 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. (No reason needed) Expedited (suspended as of March 20, 2020) Suspended Please wait to apply until we resume normal operations and staff return to our facilities across the country.
More Than 8 Weeks: Please read the Department's current international travel advisory. (No reason needed) Routine (will be delayed as of March 20, 2020) Significant delays of several months Please wait to apply until we resume normal operations and staff return to our facilities across the country.

Applying in Person

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