How do I apply for a passport?
Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package
  1. Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.
  2. Print your completed application. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. …
  3. Have a passport photo taken. …
  4. Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.
  5. Calculate your fees.

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Thousands of Post Offices around the U.S. accept first-time passport applications for the United States Department of State. Post Offices that accept passport applications offer products and services for both first-time and renewal passport applications. Some locations can take your passport photo.

Use Find USPS Locations to visit a Post Office with passport acceptance services. You can filter your Post Office search to find specific passport services. Although some Post Offices offer walk-in passport acceptance, many Post Offices offering passport services require an appointment.

Need a Passport in a Hurry?

Leaving Within 2-3 Weeks

To get a new passport application processed within 2–3 weeks, submit your application at a passport acceptance Post Office and pay for expedited processing and 1–2 day delivery service for faster return shipping.

  • Prepare your application package as listed in Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package.
  • Add the expedited processing fee of $60, payable to the U.S. Department of State, to your other fees.
  • USPS mails your application package to the State Department for processing. You can purchase Priority Mail Express® to expedite delivery. Cost varies by location.
  • Purchase the 1–2 day delivery service for $16.48, payable to the U.S. Department of State for faster return shipping.

Leaving Within 2 Weeks or Less