The everything guide to the US Passport application process

Passport Offices

Find a Passport Office Near You

The local passport offices are acceptance agents primarily located in post offices and county courthouses. An acceptance agent at a local post office or courthouse can only witness your signature and seal your documents (Unless you are using a 3rd party passport expediter, the acceptance agent will send your passport application on your behalf to a regional Passport Agency office for processing). These offices DO NOT ISSUE PASSPORTS, you have the option of standard service or expedited service. Assuming that there are no issues with your application and/or supporting documentation, expedited service takes 4-6 weeks and standard service takes 10-12+ weeks.

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Regional Passport Offices

There are 25 regional Passport Agency facilities spread out across the county. All of these facilities require that an advance appointment be made. Some of the regional passport facilities will issue passports same day, some will issue them the following day, and some only offer a two-day turnaround. Appointments are usually available, however we have seen them fill up all available appointments weeks in advance, plan accordingly.

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