Find a Passport Office Location
Any U.S. citizen who plans to do any international travel may submit an application in person at any of several locations close to home. and certain passports may be applied for by mail.
Local Passport Offices
TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT
The applicant must be 18 years old or older and have several items ready. Citizens are asked to present two forms of identification (a driver’s license and a certified birth certificate are the most common types of ID) and a Social Security card. Also, the applicant must complete a DS-11 form (http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html). Individuals under the age of 16 must have both legal guardians present to apply for a passport, but just one legal guardian is required to sign paperwork for minors between the ages of 16 to 18 years of age.
First time applicants
First time applicants must bring an original certified birth certificate plus photocopies of all forms of identification. A 2 inch by 2 inch color photograph meeting U.S. Department of State requirements must be submitted. Go to the website for details: http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html.
WHERE TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT
The U.S. Department of State Office of Passport Services, under the Bureau of Consular Affairs, authorizes certain post offices, court clerks, and other state and municipal government offices to process passport applications. Applicants can go to this website, http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/, and input a home zip code, or city and state for the closest designated location. A list of local locations will be presented. Apply in person at one of these locations for normal passport issuance. Allow four to six weeks from the date of application.
Expedited Passport Issuance
If you have scheduled international travel departing in 2 weeks, you are eligible for expedited passport application at one of the regional passport agencies around the United States. An extra expediting fee is required and you may be required to provide proof of your travel. Certain life/death emergencies may also qualify an applicant for immediate passport issuance.
Regional Passport Centers in the U.S.
Expedited passport applications are also available at a number of regional Passport Agencies. Proof of pending travel plans is not required at the following locations:
Arkansas Passport Agency
Buffalo Passport Agency
Colorado Passport Agency
Detroit Passport Agency
El Paso Passport Agency
Honolulu Passport Agency
Minneapolis Passport Agency
San Diego Passport Agency
Seattle Passport Agency
Vermont Passport Agency