How to Get a Passport in California
There are over 8000 local passport acceptance agencies nationwide. If you need to find a local passport office in California, you can type your town or zip code in the search bar on this website. If you’re located in a major city like San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego, you can use a Regional Passport Agency. You may need too call in advance as it my be available by appointment only and generally used for emergency situations. We also have the complete list of all local California passport offices listed here if you need routine processing. You can also use a private expediting service if you are located in California and you need a passport fast!
The process for expedited and routine processing is more or less the same. To apply for a new adult passport or a child passport, you will need to be seen by an acceptance agent. The acceptance agent is usually found at the post office or county clerk. They are qualified by the U.S. Department of State to process passport applications. They will seal your documents in a sealed adjudicated envelope. Remember that routine processing takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks, or longer if there is a delay with your passport application. If you need your passport faster, you can always use an accredited passport expediting agency. California has many options for passport services. There are private courier companies that can also help Californians get their U.S. passports fast! For more information, please read about Private Expediting Companies.