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Passports in a Hurry - What You Need to Know About Applying for a Passport at a Regional Agency

People in line outside the Washington Passport Agency. Applying in person at a regional passport agency allows you to expedite your passports faster than you could at other locations. These particular federal passport buildings can issue a passport as fast as the same day.

This is much faster than applying for a new passport at a passport office or for a renewal by mail.

Applying for a passport at a regional agency is not an option for everyone, though.

 Listed below are the most important facts you need to know about submitting an application a regional passport agency.

1. 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.

2. There are 26 regional passport agencies and 1 special issuance agency located in the United States. You can visit the agency closest to you or the nearest office with an available appointment.

3. 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 place.

Note: Appointments can no longer be made online.

4. 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.

5. 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. Be sure that you have all of your required documents before you leave for your appointment.

6. 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).

7. Processing times vary, but most passports are issued within 8 business days. Faster processing is available for those with documented travel plans.

8. All regional agencies issue passport books on-site. Not all agencies issue passports cards on-site.

9. Agencies are closed on weekends and all federal holidays. Plan accordingly.

10. 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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Passport Agency List

Choose the location of the agency or processing center below that is near you:

Arkansas Agency
Atlanta Agency
Boston Agency
Buffalo Agency
Chicago Agency
Colorado Agency
Connecticut Agency
Dallas Agency
Detroit Agency
El Paso Agency
Honolulu Agency
Houston Agency
Los Angeles Agency
Miami Agency
Minneapolis Agency
National Passport Center (Portsmouth)
New Orleans Agency
New York Agency
Philadelphia Agency
San Diego Agency
San Francisco Agency
San Juan Agency
Seattle Agency
Vermont Agency
Washington DC Agency
Western Passport Center (Tucson)
Special Issuance Agency

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