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?||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 6-8 weeks||(No reason needed)||Expedited||Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail*|
|More than 6-8 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.