Passport Info

Passport Information

To apply and fill out your passport online please go to

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?




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   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.

Traveler’s Checklist

A trip requires careful planning.  Here are some important steps to prepare for a safe trip outside the United States.

Click here for a downloadable PDF card to take with you while you travel.

Traveler’s Checklist

  • Get Informed
  • Get Required Documents
    • Apply early for a passport, or renew your old one. It should be valid for at least six months after you return home, and needs to have two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter. Check all family members’ passports because those for adults are valid for 10 years, but children’s passports only for five. U.S. citizens must use a U.S. passport to leave and come back to the United States.
    • If you are traveling by land or sea, you must show proof of both your U.S. citizenship and your identity when you return to the United States. For many land or sea trips, this means you can travel using the new U.S. passport card instead of a normal passport book. Read more about U.S. passport requirements.
    • You may need to get a visa before you travel to a destination. Contact the embassy of the foreign countries you will be visiting for more information.
    • Get a letter from your doctor for medications you are bringing. Some countries have strict laws, even against over-the-counter medications, so read about your destination before you go.
    • If you are traveling alone with children, foreign border officials may require custody documents or written consent from the other parent. Check with the embassy of your foreign destination before traveling.
    • Make two photocopies of all your travel documents in case of emergency.  Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative at home and carry the other  separately from your documents in case of loss or theft.
  • Get Enrolled

Please watch a video about STEP here.

  • If your family needs to reach you because of an emergency at home, they can call Overseas Citizens Services in Washington, D.C. at 888-407-4747 (from the United States and Canada) or 202-501-4444.

Get Insured

  • Make sure you have health insurance whenever you are traveling abroad. If your U.S. health care plan does not cover you overseas, consider buying supplemental insurance to cover medical costs and emergency evacuation. Foreign hospitals and doctors often require payment in cash, and Emergency medical evacuation can cost up to $100,000. Social Security and Medicare does not provide coverage outside of the United States Learn more at Your Health Abroad.
  • Also check if you have coverage for trip interruption/cancellation and loss or theft, to help pay for unexpected expenses.


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Processing Times

The processing times below apply to all passport services.


Approximately 6 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time.


Approximately 2-3 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time.

For 24/7 automated passport information, application status questions, or to make an appointment at a passport agency, please call:

The National Passport Information Center

Hours, excluding all Federal Holidays:

Monday- Friday                                8:00 am to 10:00 pm Eastern Time
Saturday                                        10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time

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