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Columbia, South Carolina Passport Office Information


Residents of Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina have a choice of 2 passport locations to visit in order to get their passport application sealed. The passport agents in Columbia can provide you with passport forms or witness your signature and seal your passport documents (if you don't need your passport application sealed then you do not need to visit an acceptance agent). Besides the 2 passport offices here in Columbia, there are (84) other passport offices in South Carolina 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 any of the passport acceptance agents listed below the map on this web page. If you need it faster than that, please see: closest regional passport offices to Columbia, South Carolina and Expedited Passport service options for Columbia.

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 ofices don't issue passports but 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 Columbia, SC

Sandhills Post Office
1805 Clemson Rd
Columbia SC, 29229

Columbia Main Post Office
1601 Assembly St
Columbia SC, 29201

There are 2 passport offices in Columbia.

Sandhills Post Office
1805 Clemson Rd
Columbia, SC 29229
Columbia Main Post Office
1601 Assembly St
Columbia, SC 29201

Regional Passport Offices Close to Columbia

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.

Atlanta Passport Agency - 168 Miles
Washington Passport Agency - 351.9 Miles
Philadelphia Passport Agency - 455.4 Miles
Miami Passport Agency - 493.6 Miles
Detroit Passport Agency - 509.7 Miles



Other passport offices near Columbia South Carolina:

Lexington County Clerk of Court - Lexington - 10.4 Miles
Floyd D. Spence Post Office - Lexington - 10.8 Miles
Swansea Post Office - Swansea - 15.3 Miles
Chapin Post Office - Chapin - 19.5 Miles
Winnsboro Post Office - Winnsboro - 24 Miles

Passport Service for Cities Near Columbia

Residents of the following close by cities looking to get a passport should consider using these passport office(s) located in Columbia for their passport application sealing needs.

Columbia South Carolina, West Columbia South Carolina, Cayce South Carolina, Irmo South Carolina, Eastover South Carolina, Gilbert South Carolina, Chapin South Carolina, Ridgeway South Carolina, Batesburg-Leesville South Carolina, Wedgefield South Carolina, Livingston South Carolina, Oakland South Carolina, Springfield South Carolina, Lakewood South Carolina, Great Falls South Carolina, Windsor South Carolina, Denmark South Carolina, Summerton South Carolina, Kershaw South Carolina, Santee South Carolina


How to Get a Passport in Columbia, South Carolina

Getting a passport in Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia will need to visit a passport office.
* Columbia isn't near a passport agency, you could try a passport service or arrange to travel to one of the regional offices.
* To renew your passport, you do NOT need to visit a passport office.

Please select the appropriate guide from the list:

Passport Renewal in Columbia

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 Columbia or any other city in South Carolina 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 Columbia are listed below. If this is not possible or you want to avoid going there yourself, please only then consider using a passport expediter.

Passport Expediting in Columbia, South Carolina

In a hurry and travelling soon? You can use a company that expedites passports in Columbia. 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).

Read more about 3rd Party Passport Expediting


Frequently Asked Questions About Passports in Columbia, South Carolina

What is the application process of getting a passport in Columbia?

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 are 2 passport offices in Columbia.

The basic process: fill out the DS-11 New Passport Application, take it with your proof of identity, passport photos, and passport fees to any of the passport offices in Columbia 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 Columbia?

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 Columbia, you have the choice between standard mail-in service (currently taking 10-12 weeks) or expedited mail-in service (takes 4-6 weeks). You are going to have to do a little bit of a road-trip, the nearest passport issuing facility is The Atlanta Passport Agency, it's not really close being that it's 168 miles from Columbia, but that's where you need to make an appointment. Another option for you may be to use a passport expediting service to go to a regional facility for you.

How much does a passport cost in Columbia?

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, $110 ($145 with acceptance agent fee) for adult passports and $80 ($115 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 Columbia?

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 Columbia.

It is recommended that you call to confirm that your chosen location offers passport photos onsite. CVS #830 - Columbia - (0.8 mi)
Photo Center
900 Assembly Street
Columbia SC 29201
(803) 212-7016
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
Walgreens #17457 - Columbia - (1 mi)
Southeast Corner Of South Woodrow Street & Rosewood Drive
2708 Rosewood Drive
Columbia SC 29205
(803) 799-0036
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walgreens #11433 - Columbia - (1 mi)
Northeast Corner Of Saluda St & Blossom St
1941 Blossom St
Columbia SC 29205
(803) 212-1015
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
UPS Store - Gervais St - (1.2 mi)
Downtown Columbia In The Vista (More Parking In Rear Off Lady St)
701 Gervais St
Columbia SC 29201
(803) 254-1601
Price: Cost varies by location
CVS #4628 - Cayce - (1.5 mi)
Photo Center
500 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce SC 29033
(803) 796-3116
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
CVS #5576 - Columbia - (1.8 mi)
Photo Center
3312 Devine Street
Columbia SC 29205
(803) 748-8588
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
Walgreens #6136 - Columbia - (2.5 mi)
Northwest Corner Of Cross Hill & Devine
4467 Devine St
Columbia SC 29205
(803) 787-2527
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
CVS #7516 - Columbia - (2.5 mi)
Photo Center
3595 Harden Street
Columbia SC 29203
(803) 799-1217
Price: Cost at CVS locations: $14.99
Walgreens #10230 - West Columbia - (2.6 mi)
Northeast Corner Of Charleston Hwy & Middleton
1537 Charleston Hwy
West Columbia SC 29169
(803) 796-3392
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99
Walgreens #6262 - Columbia - (2.8 mi)
Northeast Corner Of Belt Line & Forest
3501 Forest Dr
Columbia SC 29204
(803) 743-4373
Price: Cost at Walgreens locations: $14.99