Passports in a Hurry - What You Need to Know About Applying for a Passport at a Regional Agency
passport agencies continue to operate as usual during the government
shutdown. These activities are fee-funded and are not affected by the
lapse in appropriations.
Applying for a passport in person at a regional agency allows
applicants to expedite passports more quickly than they normally would
if applying at an application acceptance facility for new passports or
by mail for renewals.
Following are some facts you need to know about submitting an application a regional passport agency
It is only necessary to visit an agency to apply in person if
you need your passport within 14 days to either travel or apply for a
foreign entry visa. You can apply at the nearest acceptance facility or
by mail (renewals) if you do not need your passport so quickly.
There are 26 regional passport agencies and 1 special
issuance agency located in the United States. You can visit the agency
closest to you.
You need to call the Automated Appointment System at
1-877-487-2778 in order to make your appointment. This system is
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no fee to schedule an
appointment. Be aware that passport agency hours vary from place to
Proof of travel is required at most agencies. A copy of your
e-ticket, travel itinerary or hotel reservation is acceptable. A travel
itinerary on a mobile device is not.
You must submit the completed application form and all
supporting documents at the time of your appointment. Applications
should not be mailed to the agency beforehand. Verify that you have all
required documents before arrival.
The expedited service fee is $60. It is paid in addition to
the application fee and, in the case of a new passport, the execution
fee. All fees can be paid together by check, credit card, money order,
bank draft, debit/check card, or cash (exact change).
Processing times vary but most passports are issued within 8
business days. Faster processing is available for those with documented
All regional agencies issue passport books on-site. Not all agencies issue passports cards on-site.
Agencies are closed on weekends and all federal holidays. Plan accordingly.
Applicants who need to obtain passports in less than 2 weeks
but are unable to personally visit an agency can employ the services of
an expeditor. Professional expediters are registered with regional
agencies and provide this service for an additional fee.
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