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 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.
Now that you know where to apply, find out How to Apply.
Special Acceptance Events
Find a Special Passport Acceptance Event near you!
We're holding special acceptance events all across the United States this Spring to help you get your passport more easily.
Most events are for first-time and children applicants, (who use Form DS-11). If you can use Form DS-82, you can renew by mail at your convenience!
Watch this video on how to apply in-person for an adult U.S. passport!