Making a passport appointment is easy when you know when you will be traveling and your intended destinations. Keep in mind that the demand for passports increases as summer approaches, and that new immigration requirements stipulate that people have passports for many trips that formerly did not require them. While it often isn't necessary to make an appointment, having one can speed the process.
Prepare well in advance of the date on which you need a passport. This will help you know where to schedule an appointment. You need an appointment at a regional passport agency only if you require your passport in two weeks or less if traveling overseas. People who don't have an urgent need for rush processing should make an appointment at a local passport facility. The processing time for routine passport applications is four to six weeks.
Search for a facility nearest you. A link to the site that allows you to search for the nearest local passport facility is http://iafdb.travel.state.gov.
Make an appointment by calling 1-877-4-USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) or for TDD/TTY, 1-888-874-7793. Have the information for the passport facility nearest you handy when you call.
Tips & Warnings
- Remember to call during agency business hours, which are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Passport agencies do not charge for setting up an appointment. Be aware of scams that charge for appointments.
- You cannot bring weapons into any passport agency.
- When planning to make an appointment, be aware that passport agencies are closed during federal holidays.