A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Learn more about applying for or renewing your passport.
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports.
The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport.
To obtain a passport for the first time, you need to:
Acceptance facilities include many federal, state and probate courts, post offices, some public libraries and a number of county and municipal offices. There are also 13 regional passport agencies, most of which serve only those who are departing urgently. Appointments are required in such cases.
You'll need to apply in person if:
For more information on getting a new passport, please see: How to Get a Passport
You can renew by mail if:
If your passport has been, altered or damaged, you cannot apply by mail. You must apply in person. For more information on how to renew a passport, please see: How to Renew a Passport