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Passport Requirements

Become a Passport Acceptance Facility

The U.S. Department of State wants you to join our network of acceptance facilities. Thousands of facilities already provide the traveling public a convenient way to submit their passport applications. Demand for U.S. passports remains high as we project to issue nearly 20 million passport books and passport cards this year.

 

What is a Passport Acceptance Facility?

A Passport Acceptance Facility is a public sector office that is designated to accept and execute passport applications on our behalf. Passport Acceptance Facilities verify the information of applicants using Form DS-11, which includes all first-time applicants and all minors. You then send these verified applications to us, and we process the paperwork and issue the passport, if the customer is eligible.

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Program Benefits

Generate Revenue

You retain the $35 execution fee for each passport application. 

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Provide a Community Service

U.S. citizens traveling internationally need a passport book or passport card. The vast majority of customers who apply for a passport prefer to do so in-person at a passport acceptance facility near where they live or work.

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Increase your Visibility

Your facility is probably already a hub of community activity. Adding passport acceptance services to your offerings increases your community visibility and helps you to reach more people.

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Support from your Regional Passport Agency or Center

Your regional passport agency or center's customer service staff provide you email and phone support. They also offer regular training on passport acceptance procedures.

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Conduct Outreach in your Community

Hosting a passport fair is a great way to spread the word about your services to your community. Remember, your facility gets to keep the execution fee for each passport application you accept! 

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Requirements

Your office must be a public sector entity such as:

A federal, state, county, city, or municipal office. Examples include: U.S. Post Offices, public libraries, and public universities.

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You are not managed by or directly affiliated with a private entity.

Private entities in this case include non-profit, religious, or commercial organizations.

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You have the resources to perform passport acceptance duties.

Employees at your facility are eligible to become passport application agents if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Are U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals
  • Are permanent full-time or part-time employees (not temporary, contractual, ad hoc, or volunteer)
  • Are not on parole or probation related to any federal, state, or local felony or misdemeanor related to breach of trust or moral turpitude (i.e. embezzlement, document fraud, drug offense, or dishonesty carrying out a responsibility involving public trust)
  • Are not presently under indictment for any federal, state, or local felony or misdemeanor related to breach of trust or moral turpitude
  • Are free of any federal, state, or local felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to breach of trust or moral turpitude

 

Questions? Ready to Join?


For more information, please email the Acceptance Facility team at CA-PPT-AcceptanceFacilityInfo@state.gov.

 

Please Note

The U.S. Department of State considers applications for designation based on certain criteria such as passport demand and existing acceptance facilities located in communities. Submission of the designation packet does not automatically grant enrollment to the Passport Application Acceptance Program. Your facility’s request for designation may be declined at the U.S. Department of State’s discretion.