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Carmel Post Office: Passport Office in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA

Last Reviewed on January 22nd, 2024


Location:
Carmel Post Office
Address:
3845 Via Nona Marie
 
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923
 
Hours of Operation Shown in (PST)
Monday
By appointment only -
Tuesday
By appointment only -
Wednesday
By appointment only -
Thursday
By appointment only -
Friday
By appointment only 10am-3pm Mon-Wed & Fri -


Handicap Accessible (ADA): Yes

Passport Photos: Yes, the Carmel Post Office takes passport photographs onsite - Please review our guide to Passport Photos. If you want your passport photos taken before you go to the acceptance agent, here is a list of places to get passport photos in Carmel-by-the-Sea.


Carmel-by-the-Sea Passport Office: Carmel Post Office Location Overview

Carmel Post Office is an acceptance agent/passport office. For passport service in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA you can go here for passport help. Carmel Post Office is a Postal facility that is able to witness your signature and seal your passport documents - standard processing is 4-8 weeks. This office DOES NOT issue passports, they will send your passport forms directly to a regional passport facility. There are NO other passport acceptance agent offices located in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel Post Office is located in County, California.

About Carmel Post Office

Carmel Post Office is not a passport issuance facility and you will NOT receive a passport on-site there. This facility is an acceptance agent, the Carmel Post Office is sort of like a special notary for the Department of State / Passport Agency in which they can "Witness" your signature and officially "Seal" your application and documents. There is a separate $35 fee for this that is paid at the time of sealing.

Needs to visit an acceptance agent
New Passports Application (Child or Adult)
Lost / Damaged Passport Replacement

Doesn't need to visit an acceptance agent
Passport Renewal
Passport Name Change Application

Passport Processing Times at Carmel Post Office

Standard Processing - Because of Covid-19, the current processing times are 10-12 weeks after submitting an application.

Expedited Processing - You can pay an extra $60 when sealing your documents at Carmel Post Office to get your passport quicker, typically in 4-6 weeks.

Emergency Processing - (NOT AVAILABLE at Carmel Post Office): If you have proof of travel within 3 days you can request an emergency appointment at one of the regional passport offices close to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Also see our info about 3rd-party passport expediters.

Nearest Regional Passport Offices to Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

San Francisco Passport Agency - 81 Miles
Los Angeles Passport Agency - 222.3 Miles
San Diego Passport Agency - 324 Miles

Passport Services Offered at Carmel Post Office

Passport Forms - If you need to pick up a physical pre-printed application that you can fill out by hand, the Carmel Post Office will have pre-printed passport forms. You may also get passport forms from our website and print them on your own printer.

Passport Document Sealing / Passport Application Signature Witness - Carmel Post Office is an official Acceptance Agent as appointed by the Department of State. Certain municipal and postal employees at this location are authorized to "Witness" your signature (kind of like a notary).
NOTE: not required for passport renewals
Acceptance Agent fee is $35 (see more about Acceptance Agent Fees)

4-6 week passport expediting / 10-12-week standard passport service - These are the standard processing times for passports at any acceptance agent.

Passport Photos - They can take and print your passport photos on site, typically $10-15.

Carmel Post Office Service Area Radius

This passport office is located in - Monterey County and serves the passport needs for residents of other nearby zipcodes including: 93923, 93922, 93924, 93940, 93921, 93943, 93942, 93955, 93953, 93944, 93950, 93908, 93915, 93902, 93912, 93933, 93901, 93962, 93960

Frequently asked questions

How fast can I get a passport at Carmel Post Office?

Carmel Post Office does not issue passports, they are sent to a central processing facility, it will take at a minimum of 4 weeks if using expedited service and up to 12 weeks for standard processing.

I need a passport sooner than that, what are my options?

It's possible and not too inconvenient as San Francisco Passport Agency is close enough to travel to in a single day. The round trip to the San Francisco Passport Agency is only around 170 miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea. You might also want to consider using a passport expediting company as it may save you time and hassles.

Does Carmel Post Office charge for passports?

Carmel Post Office is an acceptance agent, Carmel Post Office does not issue passports – they do however charge the standard $35 acceptance agent fee to seal your documents, this is only required for new or replacement passport applications; renewals do not need to be sealed and thus no acceptance agent fee is required. Please see our detailed information on passport fees.

Can I get walk-in passport service at Carmel Post Office?

If by walk-in service you mean get your passport there at Carmel Post Office? Then no. They do not issue passports, you can get walk-in passport issuance at a regional passport facility only, not local acceptance agent facilities; passport are sent to a central processing location.

Does Carmel Post Office do passport renewals?

If you have your expired or soon-to-be expired passport, it is in good condition and the validity period on your expired passport was for 10-years, then you do not even need to visit an acceptance agent. You can do your application online, print-it and send it in with new passport photos, the old passport, and the required passport fees. See our guide about passport renewals to renew your passport yourself.

Can Carmel Post Office tell me about the status of my application?

No, they are acceptance agents and have nothing to do with the application once they witness your signature and seal your application. Once an application is in-process, Carmel Post Office will not be able to assist any further.

Does Carmel Post Office take passport photos?

Yes, you can get your passport photos taken there. Please see: List of locations in Carmel-by-the-Sea to get passport photos.

What forms of payment does Carmel Post Office accept?

You can pay for the acceptance agent fees and passport photos (if you have them taken at Carmel Post Office) with cash, check, debit card, or money order. Your passport application fees will be paid separately by check or money order only.

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