Important Due to Covid-19, processing times for passports are taking longer than normal for both standard and expedited services.

Houston Passport Agency Expedited Service

Houston, Texas Passport Agency building entrance

The Houston Passport Agency expedites passports for U.S. citizens within 8 days to as quickly as the same day for applicants with urgent travel needs. Individuals who are not in a rush can apply for a new passport at application acceptance facilities in the Houston area.

Regional agencies only serve those who need to travel, or submit their passports for foreign entry visas, within 14-28 days. The first step is to schedule an appointment through the automated service which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are unable to travel to Houston to present your application, you can authorize a third party to submit the application. This can be a friend, family member, travel agent or registered courier service.

If your departure date is more than 14 days away, or you do not need to submit your passport for foreign visas within 28 days, you can submit the application form and supporting documents at the nearest application acceptance facility.

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Houston Passport Agency

George Thomas "Mickey" Leland Federal Building

1919 Smith Street,4th Floor

Houston, TX 77002

Available Appointment Times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: The facility is closed for all federal holidays.

Automated Appointment Phone Number


(Available 24 hours/7 days)

Processing Times

Passports are issued according to travel plans. Same-day passports are issued in emergency situations.

NOTE: This agency can issue both the U.S. passport book and U.S. passport card on-site.


High demand and mailing delays are impacting how long it takes to get a passport.

  • Standard service is currently taking between 8 and 11 weeks.
  • Expedited service is currently taking between 5 to 7 weeks.

NOTE: Processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

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How to Get to the Houston Passport Agency

Car: From George Bush IAH, take JFK Blvd. to Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) west. Take the Downtown Houston exit onto I-45 South. Stay on I-45 South, take the McKinny Street exit, go 1 block to Smith Street. Turn right onto Smith Street and follow Smith Street to Pierce Street. The building is on the left.

From Hobby Airport, turn right onto Airport Blvd., travel on Airport Blvd. to I-45. Go under the freeway and enter the freeway going north. Take the St. Joseph Parkway exit off the freeway, follow St. Joseph Parkway to Louisiana Street. The building will be directly across the street.

Taxi: From George Bush IAH and William P. Hobby Airports - taxis available. Travel time from George Bush Airport is approximately one hour, and, from Hobby Airport is approximately 30 minutes.

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Downtown Houston Texas

What to Do When You Arrive for Your Appointment at the Houston Passport Agency

  • You will need your Social Security Number or your confirmation number.
  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Earlier arrivals will not be admitted.
  • Late arrivals, 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment, will have to reschedule their appointments.
  • Upon entry to the building, you will go through security, including metal detectors.
  • They are located on the 4th floor.
  • Go to check-in/information. Your appointment will be verified.
  • You will be given a numbered ticket with the approximate, current waiting time at the bottom. (We do our best to keep the waiting time as short as possible.)
  • Please take a seat.
  • When your number is called and/or appears on the television monitor, go to the number of the window indicated.
  • For information on what you need to bring to your appointment, see our information on How to Apply in Person for a Passport.

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