The following is summarized from the website of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs:

HOW TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT: Passport applications are accepted at over 9,000 facilities in the United States, including courthouses, libraries, municipal offices and local post offices. Minors under age 16 need to apply in person with one or both parents or the child's legal guardian(s). Application forms can be downloaded at the Bureau of Consular Affairs website:

Go to: for the Application For A U.S. Passport and what documents you need to submit with this application.

Passports are routinely processed and sent to applicants within four to 6 weeks. Passports can be expedited within 3 weeks door-to-door with an additional fee.

NOTE: Beginning in June 2008, Passport Cards are available for U.S. citizens at a lower fee than passport books. The passport cards can be used for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean but are NOT valid for air travel. Further information and applications are available at the U.S. State Dept. website:

TO OBTAIN A PASSPORT WITHIN TWO WEEKS: Applicants who need a passport within two weeks (or within four weeks to obtain a foreign visa) can make an appointment at the Connecticut Passport Agency, 850 Canal Street, Stamford. Call (877) 487-2778 to make an appointment.  See details at website:

HOW TO RENEW A PASSPORT: Applicants can renew passports in person or by mail. You can choose to renew by mail if you already have a passport that is not damaged and can be submitted with your application, have received the passport within the past 15 years, were over age 16 when the passport was issued, and still have the same name as in the passport or legal documentation of a name change. To obtain a passport by mail:

  • Complete an Application for Passport by Mail (Form DS-82);
  • Attach your most recent passport book and/or card, a color photograph (taken within the last six months) and 2X2 inches in size, and fees;
  • Enclose a certified copy of a legal document such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree if you have changed your name (no photocopies accepted); and
  • Mail in a padded envelope to: National Passport Processing Center, P.O. Box 90155, Philadelphia, PA 19190-0155.
  • For expedited applications, mail to: National Passport Processing Center, P.O. Box 90955, Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955.

If your passport has been altered, damaged or mutilated, you must apply in person. U.S. residents abroad should renew their passports at the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy.

HOW TO REPLACE A LOST OR STOLEN PASSPORT: To replace and report the loss or theft of a passport, make an appointment to apply in person at a Passport Agency or Center, and complete an Application for a United States Passport (Form DS-11) and a Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport (Form DS-64).

Search by service name: Passports


SOURCE: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs website