Important Due to Covid-19, processing times for passports may take up to 18 weeks for routine service and 12 weeks for expedited processing.

Find a Walk-In Passport Office Near Me

Submitting application form and supporting documents at walk-in passport office.

Contacting a passport office to schedule an appointment was once extremely difficult. Due to the significant increase in passport application forms submitted over the past few years, facilities have had a difficult time keeping up with the demand. It is not uncommon for phones to go unattended or, if answered, to quickly disconnect. These frustrating issues have led to a growing number of applicants searching for a passport office near them that accepts walk-ins.

The recent launch of an online passport appointment system has made scheduling an appointment much easier - although it is not without its problems.

2 hours to schedule appointment at passport facility

What to Expect from a Walk-In Passport Office

Before you visit a walk-in passport office near you, it is important to clarify several things about these facilities, so that you can have realistic expectations going in.

  1. Finding a walk-in facility may require you to travel. Most application acceptance facilities do require an appointment. This means that there are far fewer locations that accept walk-ins. It may be necessary for you to travel 10 to 30 miles or more, depending on where you live, to get to a facility that does not require an appointment.
  2. Acceptance facilities can change the way that they operate without contacting Passport Services. While we try to keep our records up-to-date, we depend on the initiative of the nearly 7,400 facilities to update their own information. We recommend that you try calling the facility before visiting to confirm both their schedule for submitting applications and their acceptance of walk-ins.
  3. Passport offices often have limited hours of operation and many of those that do accept walk-ins often establish a cut-off time for getting in line. These cut-off times may be 30 minutes or more before closing. Do not think that just because you arrive before closing time that you will be allowed to submit your application. For this reason, we recommend that you arrive earlier rather than later.
    Limited hours of operation at passport facility limits applications accepted.
  4. Some facilities limit the number of new passport applications that they will accept each day. Once again, our recommendation is that you arrive early and try to be one of the first applicants in line.

There are also a couple of things that you need to be made aware of that are true of all acceptance facilities, whether they accept walk-ins or are appointment-only:

  1. Local passport application acceptance facilities only accept form DS-11. Any service that requires the submission of a different application form should be mailed directly to the address on the form.
  2. Processing times is 4-6 weeks for routine service and 2-3 weeks for expedited service - just like non-walk-in applications. A walk-in passport acceptance facility does not imply you will get your passport faster.

There Are Faster Options for Getting a Passport

To get a passport faster than a walk-in appointment at a passport acceptance facility, you will have to submit your passport application at a regional passport agency or center.

While regional passport agencies and centers require an appointment, they usually accept walk-ins when they can. Therefore, for the best chances of getting your passport quickly, you should first attempt to schedule an appointment. If an appointment is not available before your departure date, try to submit your application as a walk-in. If you do, be sure to arrive early and have all of your required documents with you.

Alternatively, if you are unable to go in person, you can get a registered courier to submit your passport application for expedited service at a regional agency. Couriers are able to hand deliver application forms every day, so they are not required to make an appointment.

Finding Your Nearest Walk-In Passport Office

To locate a walk-in passport office near you, visit the page that lists facilities by state. Click on the link for your state and call the facilities nearest to where you live to see if they accept walk-ins or have an appointment available when you need it. If not, you can send us your zip code in the comment section of that page and we will search our database to find the nearest walk-in acceptance facility to you.

We are working on a way to highlight walk-in passport offices in the listing for each state and hope to have this operational soon.

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