Where to Apply

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.

When do you need your passport?

When? Why? Service Where to Apply
Right now I have a life-or-death emergency  Expedited See the "Life-or-Death Emergencies" page
Less than 3 weeks

I have urgent international travel plans.

Example: you're traveling overseas on June 22. Beginning June 1, you should schedule an appointment at a passport agency or center that is on June 8 or later. You can only go to the actual appointment within 2 weeks of international travel (or 4 weeks if you need a visa). 

 Expedited Make an appointment at a passport agency or center (must bring proof of travel)
Less than 6 weeks (No reason needed)  Expedited Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail*
More than 6 weeks (No reason needed)  Routine Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail*

*If you qualify to mail in your application (renewal, correction, etc.), please mail it in. Do not go to a passport acceptance facility.

 Now that you know where to apply, find out How to Apply.

Applying in Person

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