Passport Acceptance Facility Near You
A visit to a passport acceptance facility is required for first-time passport applications, child passport applications, and lost, stolen, or damaged passports. There is no way around this step in these scenarios.
Notably, your Passport Acceptance Agent is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to verify the documents and signatures for your passport application.
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Steps of the U.S. Passport Application Process
- First, you MUST Appear in person at a post office, courthouse, or county clerk and present the original documents to an acceptance agent authorized to accept passport applications. The acceptance agent MUST witness the signing of your passport application.
- IMPORTANT: If applicant is 16 years old, both parents must be present at the passport acceptance agent to give consent. If both parents are unavailable, the absentee parent must fill out a Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 (Form DS-3053),which allows the one parent to apply for the passport. Importantly, this form must be notarized and the notary cannot hand write the expiration date. It must be part of their stamp. You must sign and notarize on the same date. If dates are not consistent, the state will reject your application.
- Please contact our office at 877-910-7277 if you have any questions. If you cannot locate the non-applying parent or cannot get their consent, please complete the Statement of Exigent / Special Family Circumstances for Issuance of a U.S. Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 (Form DS-5525). Furthermore, if you are 17 years old, you will need a parent or guardian present at the acceptance agent.
- Next, notify the agent you are using an expediting service to “hand carry” your application.
- The acceptance agent will collect your documents and instruct you to sign the DS-11 in his or her presence. Your signature must appear the same and match favorably on all documents.
- Lastly, the agent will then Seal the DS-11, photos, proof of citizenship, travel documents, authorization letter and the $170.00 check in an envelope marked “To be opened by U.S. Passport Office Only.”
Important Details about the Passport Process
- IMPORTANT: Make sure the agent returns the sealed, hand-carried envelope to you. If the agent is unfamiliar with the expediting procedure and reluctant to release the sealed, hand-carried envelope, you may suggest that he or she refers to page 31 of the Passport Agent Manual, “Hand-carrying of Executed Applications.”
- IMPORTANT: DO NOT OPEN THIS SEALED HAND CARRIED ENVELOPE OR THE STATE WILL CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION INVALID. In addition, you must send us your sealed envelope by the following day or the state may deny your application. For more information, see Sealed Passport Adjudicated Envelope.
You can find Passport Acceptance Facilities all over the country in all 50 states. Use the form below to find a local Passport Acceptance Facility. To start, you may search by zip code, city, or state to find a Passport Acceptance Facility near you.