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

What do the boxes in the top right corner of the application mean?

Question: What do the boxes R, D, O, and DP shown at the top right corner of page 1 mean? Also, what is required for End# and Exp# within the same box?


Answer: The small box in the top right corner of passport application Form DS-11 is not to be filled in by the applicant but by the acceptance agent at the location where you submit the form.

This can be either a passport application acceptance facility (most frequently located in post offices) or a regional passport agency.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Mailing delays are impacting passport processing. The Department of State's processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center and not when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility. Standard service may take between 8 and 11 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 5 to 7 weeks exluding mailing times on the front and back end. Mailing delays may be significant so requesting 1-2-day mailing may greatly help.

Regional passport agencies are offering extremely limited in-person services if you need to travel internationally in the next 72 hours. Those with qualified life-or-death emergencies are prioritized.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 72 hours (3 business days).

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment:

Mondays through Fridays 8 AM to 5PM, call ET 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, 202-647-4000

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