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 and Death Emergencies" page|
|Less than 3 weeks||I'm traveling within 2 weeks or need a foreign visa within 4 weeks||Expedited||Make an appointment at a passport agency or center|
|Less than 4-6 weeks||(No reason needed)||Expedited||Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail*|
|More than 4-6 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.