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Passport Appointment Online - How to Find the Location Nearest You to Apply for a New Passport

How to Book a Passport Appointment Online

A system to schedule a US passport appointment online has been a request by many who faced the difficult task of calling a regional passport agency or local passport application acceptance facility to get an appointment to apply for a passport.

Recently, a couple of online appointment systems were made available. The United States Postal Service launched an online appointment scheduler for applicants who need to apply for a new passport in person at an application acceptance facility.

Shortly after that, the U.S. Department of State launched an online scheduling system for those who need to get a passport expedited at a regional agency in less than two weeks or within four weeks when the applicant also needs to obtain a travel visa.

Each provides a handy way to set up an appointment to get a passport. However, neither is perfect. The step-by-step walk through below will show how each works, problems you may encounter as you complete the forms and possible solutions.

Pick the online passport appointment system that best fits your circumstances. The USPS system is explained immediately below or you can click here for information about making an appointment at a regional agency.

USPS Online Passport Appointment System: Application Acceptance Facilities

The online passport appointment system maintained by the United States Postal Service is a giant step toward relieving some of the frustration felt by applicants who were required to call numbers that were rarely attended.

While the appointment system is helpful for the majority, it still has some limitations. To begin with, the system does not include all the passport application acceptance facilities that exist. Not included in the system are facilities located in public libraries, municipal and county government offices or post offices that do not require an appointment.

Step 1: Choose a Service

USPS Online Appointment System Step 1 - Choose a Service

The first step is to select the passport service you need from the dropdown menu. There are currently four options including New Passport Only, New Passport with Photo Service, Passport Photo Only, and Passport Renewal.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 1 - Passport Services Offered

If you select Passport Renewal, you will be shown the following message.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 1 - Passport Renewal

Passport renewal application form DS-82 should be mailed to the address on the form. Applicants do not need to apply in person to renew a passport. The application form to get a new passport should be submitted for a first-time passport, minor's passport or replacement of a lost, stolen or signficantly damaged passport.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 1 - Number of Applicants

After choosing the passport service you desire, select the number of both adult and minor applicants. You can select up to 6 adults and 6 minors.

Step 2: Choose Search Method

The online appointment system allows you to search by Location or Date. We recomend you search by location first to find the nearest passport office to you. If the nearest locations do not have a date available that works for you, change the method of search do Date.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 2 - Search by

After selecting Location, you will prompted to enter your zip code and select a radius within which you want to search. The system allows you to choose a radius between 1 and 100 miles. You can check the small box to include locations that offer photo services even if you did not include this service in Step 1.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 2 - Search by Location

You will be presented with a list of passport application acceptance facilities that are within the radius you selected. If no results are shown, you need to increase the size of the radius. Hover over the information icon to see a list of Passport Appointmet Hours.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 2 - Results of Passport Facility Search

Once you find a location that has hours that are best for you, click the "Select Location" button. A section will open for you to select a date.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 2 - Select Date

A window will open with a calendar. Select the date you want to submit your passport application and click the "Select Date" button.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 2 - Select Date

Step 3: Select a Time

Select an available time from the list. Appointments are scheduled in 15 minute blocks per application.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 3 - Select a Time

Once your selections are made, they will be listed for you. You can click the "Edit" link to make any changes.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 3 - List of Selected Appointment Times

Step 4: Provide Contact Information

Enter your first name, last name, telephone number, and e-mail address. You can request to receive text message updates. Check the box to agree to the Terms and Conditions.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 4 - Provide Contact Information

Review the Privacy Act Statement then click the button to review your information.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 4 - Privacy Act Statement

Step 5: Review & Confirm Appointment Information

Review your personal information, passport facility selected, date and time of your appointment. If every checks out, click the button to confirm your appointment.

USPS Online Appointment System Step 5 - Review & Confirm Appointment Information

If any of the information is incorrect, click the "Edit" link and make any necessary changes. Remember, the online passport appointment system that the USPS maintains only includes application acceptance facilities at post offices.

If you need to apply for a passport by a specific date but no passport office near you has an appointment available, visit our passport facility directory for more options.

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DOS Online Passport Appointment System: Regional Passport Agency

The passport appointment scheduler for the U.S. Department of State allows you to do the following.

  • Make passport appointment.
  • Confirm an existing appointment.
  • Reschedule an existing appointment.
  • Cancel passport appointment.

There are 5 steps to scheduling a new appointment at a regional agency.

Step 1: Travel Plans & Proof of Travel

To schedule an appointment, you must have international travel plans within 2 weeks or within 4 weeks if you also require an entry visa. Proof of travel is required to apply at a regional passport agency. If you do not need a passport quickly, you can apply in person an acceptance facility for a new passport or by mail for renewals and other services.

DOS Online Appointment System Step 1

Step 2: Find an Agency

The appointment system will use your location to identify the regional agency nearest to you. As you can see below, the Houston Passport Agency did not have an appointment available for before the travel date that was entered.

DOS Online Appointment System Step 2 No Match

In this case, you either go back and choose a different date, enter a different agency or use a different way to get your passport expedited.

You can only change the date you entered if you can change the date your flight departs or the day you need to submit your passport to get a travel visa.

If you already entered the latest possible date, you might consider changing the agency. In the example above, no appointment was available at the Houston agency. The next closest agency is in Dallas.

If you do not know where the next closest agency is located, you can click the link "View a list of all passport agencies". A page will open that shows all current agencies. Once you decide which one is closest to you, you must return to the appointment system to enter it and search.

NOTE: If the nearest agency to you does not have an appointment available and you do not want to travel to one that is farther away, you have a couple of options. One, you can try visiting the nearest agency without an appointment. Agencies try to attend to all who show up, but no guarantee can be made. There is a limit to the number of applications that can be processed each day. Alternatively, you can get a registered passport courier to hand-deliver your application and pick up your new passport for you.

DOS Online Appointment System Step 2 Find an Agency - Dallas

After finding an agency that has an appointment available prior to the date you entered in Step 1, click the "Select" button.

Step 3: Select Date & Time

Based on the date you entered in Step 1, you will be shown a list of dates on which appointments are available. Clicking on the arrow to the right of AM will reveal available time slots.

DOS Online Appointment System Step 3 Choose a Time

Step 4: Appointment Registration

After you select the passport appointment time that best fits your schedule and click "Next" you will be taken to the Appointment Registration page.

DOS Online Appointment System Step 4 Registration

You have now made a tentative reservation which will be held for a short period of time. During this time, you need to complete the form with your email address, phone number and a PIN that you create. You can also choose to receive an email reminder in addition to a reminder call.

After clicking "Next", you will be taken to a page where you will enter a confirmation code that was sent to the email address you entered.

DOS Online Appointment System Step 4 Verification Code

Step 5: Appointment Confirmation

After entering the verification code and clicking "Confirm", your appointment will be confirmed. Details of your appointment will be listed for you to print as well as sent to your email address.

DOS Online Appointment System Step 5 Confirmation

Now that your appointment to get your passport expedited at a regional agency is confirmed, you can complete the application form and gather the required supporting documents for the type of passport service that you need.

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