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San Marcos, California Passport Office Information

Last Reviewed on March 16th, 2022

How to get a passport in San Marcos, CA: Passport Offices & Application Process

San Marcos Post Office
420 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos CA, 92069

In San Marcos, California there is only a single passport office location (e.g. acceptance agent). These passport offices are part of the application process for a new adult or child passport application. The San Marcos passport office clerks are official "acceptance agents" for the Passport Agency and can witness your signature and seal your passport documents (if you do not need your passport application sealed then you do not need to visit an acceptance agent).

In addition to the 1 passport office in San Marcos, there are (800) other passport offices in California from which you can get a passport application sealed at. If you are not needing a passport for at least (4-6) weeks, you can visit the sole passport acceptance agent listed below the map on this web page. If you need it faster than that, please see: closest regional passport offices to San Marcos, California and Expedited Passport service options for San Marcos.

Local passport offices are typically post offices, county clerk offices, and other government offices (Keep in mind: that not all county clerks, and not all post offices are acceptance agents). These local passport offices don't issue passports; the clerks (acceptance agents) at a local office can witness your signature and "officially" seal your passport application. There is a $35 fee for sealing your application and supporting documentation. Renewals do not need to visit an acceptance agent.

Passport Offices in San Marcos California

Showing the single passport office in San Marcos:

San Marcos Post Office

420 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92069


Other passport offices near San Marcos California

Escondido Main Post Office - Escondido - 4 Miles
Escondido Postal Store - Escondido - 4.7 Miles
Vista Carrier Annex Post Office - Vista - 5 Miles
City of Escondido-Utility Billing Division - Escondido - 5 Miles
Carlsbad City Clerk's Office - Carlsbad - 5.9 Miles
Oceanside Main Post Office - Oceanside - 7.1 Miles
Encinitas Main Post Office - Encinitas - 7.1 Miles
Rancho Santa Fe Post Office - Rancho Santa Fe - 8 Miles
Carlsbad Post Office - Carlsbad - 8.8 Miles
Bonsall Post Office - Bonsall - 8.8 Miles

Regional Passport Offices Close to San Marcos

These are passport issuing facilities. You will need to make an appointment and present proof of upcoming travel but in most cases, you will be able to get passport renewal, new passports, child passports, or a lost passport replacement Same Day or Next Day.

San Diego Passport Agency - 25.4 Miles
Los Angeles Passport Agency - 83.7 Miles
Western Passport Agency - 324.7 Miles
San Francisco Passport Agency - 377.3 Miles
El Paso Passport Agency - 547.1 Miles

San Marcos, California Passport Forms & Application Guides

Getting a passport in San Marcos is easy, it depends on what type of passport application you are doing and how quickly you need it processed. We've written the following passport guides, it doesn't matter if you are in San Marcos or not as the process will be similar regardless of where you are, The standard passport processing times right now are 10 to 12 weeks to receive your passport.

* Anyone applying for a new passport in San Marcos will need to visit a passport office.
* Please see regional passport offices close to San Marcos, there is one less than 100 miles from San Marcos.
* To renew your passport, you do NOT need to visit a passport office.

Please select the appropriate guide from the list:

Passport Renewal in San Marcos

Just a quick note about passport renewals because it will save you a lot of time, money, and hassles. It doesn't matter where you are, if you are in San Marcos or any other city in California or any other state for that matter. If you have your old passport that is in good condition, it expired less than 5 years ago (or hasn't expired yet) and you are an adult - you can simply do your renewal paperwork online at the Department of State / Bureau of Consular Affairs and mail it in with new passport photos. It is currently taking 10-12 weeks standard processing or 4-6 weeks for expedited processing. If you need to renew it faster, you MUST have proof of travel and you must visit a regional passport office yourself, the closest ones to San Marcos are listed below. If this is not possible or you want to avoid going there yourself, please only then consider using a passport expeditor.

Passport Service for Cities Near San Marcos

Residents of the following cities that are close to San Marcos can consider using the passport office services in San Marcos for their passport application sealing needs.

San Marcos California, Vista California, Escondido California, Rancho Santa Fe California, Carlsbad California, Encinitas California, Oceanside California, Solana Beach California, Del Mar California, Poway California, Fallbrook California, Ramona California, La Jolla California, Temecula California, Santee California, Lakeside California, El Cajon California, La Mesa California, Murrieta California, Lemon Grove California

Passport Expediting in San Marcos, California

In a hurry and travelling soon? You can use a company that expedites passports in San Marcos. Passport expediting companies charge their own set of fees for their service in addition to the government passport application fee and government expediting fee. The cost gets more expensive the faster your passport is needed and it's actually not any faster than visiting a regional passport office yourself. However, using an expediting service is highly convenient as you won't have to go to a regional passport office yourself (for any DS11 application, you will still need to visit a local acceptance agent to get your documents sealed).

Need it Fast? Expedite Now or Read more about 3rd Party Passport Expediting

Frequently Asked Questions About Passports in San Marcos, California

We make the passport application process easier and make getting a passport in San Marcos simplier. Our guide to how and where to get a passport in San Marcos contains all the passport office information you will need but often times there are still questions:

What is the application process of getting a passport in San Marcos?

Getting a passport is pretty much the process same wherever you are, with most new passport applicants, the journey will start by going to a local acceptance agent; there is only one passport office in San Marcos.
The basic process: fill out the DS-11 New Passport Application, take it with your proof of identity, passport photos, and passport fees to the only passport office in San Marcos to witness your signature and seal the documents. Wait 10-12 weeks.
For complete in-depth details see: New Passport Application Guide

How fast can I get a passport in San Marcos?

There are a couple of different methods to getting your passport processed, which route you choose will determine how fast your passport will be received. By going to a passport service office in San Marcos, you have the choice between standard mail-in service (currently taking 10-12 weeks) or expedited mail-in service (takes 4-6 weeks).

While not down the street, the closest option for a passport-issuing facility is the San Diego Passport Agency, it's not too far from San Marcos and if you can provide proof of travel within the next seventy-two hours, you can make an appointment there and get a passport.

If you have trouble getting an appointment at the San Diego Passport Agency, there are additional regional offices that are farther but may be options for you, see regional passport offices near San Marcos.

How much does a passport cost in San Marcos?

Unlike drivers licenses and state IDs, passports are a Federal (national) document, it costs the same no matter what city or state you are in, $130 ($165 with acceptance agent fee) for adult passports and $100 ($135 with acceptance agent fee) for child passports. There may be some additional fees and / or expenses that you might need to pay, please see passport fees for an explaination of all passport fees and costs.

Where to get passport photos in San Marcos?

One of the most common questions we get asked is where "where should I get my passport photos taken at?" First, have a look at our in-depth passport photo guide so you know everything there is to know about passport photos. Here are the major stores that take and print passport photos near San Marcos.

It is recommended that you call to confirm that your chosen location offers passport photos onsite.

CVS #7127 - San Marcos - (0.7 mi)
Photo Center
1302 West Mission Road
San Marcos CA 92029
(760) 471-7205
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
UPS Store - San Marcos - (1.3 mi)
Next To Ralphs Across From Cal State San Marcos
310 Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos CA 92078
(760) 510-8350
Price: Cost varies by location
CVS #9558 - San Marcos - (1.4 mi)
Photo Center
320 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos CA 92078
(760) 471-8019
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
CVS #9961 - San Marcos - (1.9 mi)
Photo Center
191 Woodland Parkway
San Marcos CA 92069
(760) 471-9007
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
UPS Store - San Marcos - (1.9 mi)
In The Vons/BFit Shopping Center, San Marcos Blvd & Rancho Santa Fe Rd
663 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos CA 92078
(760) 752-3035
Price: Cost varies by location
CVS #9166 - San Marcos - (2 mi)
Photo Center
734 South Rancho Santa Fe Road
San Marcos CA 92069
(760) 599-0353
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
Walgreens #9389 - Vista - (2.1 mi)
Southeast Corner Of Sycamore & University
310 Sycamore Ave
Vista CA 92083
(760) 630-5723
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walmart Vista Supercenter - (2.4 mi)
Photo Center
1800 University Dr
Vista CA 92083
Price: Cost at Walmart locations: $7.44
CVS #8818 - San Marcos - (2.4 mi)
Photo Center
997 Woodland Parkway
San Marcos CA 92069
(760) 739-0731
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
Costco Store #1080 - San Marcos - (2.7 mi)
Photo Center
725 Center Drive
San Marcos CA 92069
(760) 871-6867
Price: Cost at COSTCO locations: $5.99

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