U.S. Passports Online

PassportsOnline.org makes applying for your U.S. Passport simple, fast, and hassle-free. Passports Online offers quick access to forms, procedures, and requirements for all U.S. Passports. We even have a passport office locator tool for all 50 states. We help guide our users with routine processing service information, expedited passports and fast visa services. Select the passport type on the right side bar for everything you need on routine or expedited processing nationwide.

Our mission ensures U.S. citizens are prepared when they appear at the local passports office. Our U.S. Passport Info and knowledge base gives our users easy checklists and streamlined information on Department of State topics. Our easy-to-use info pages will provide you with everything you need for  new passports, passport renewal, children passports, lost/stolen replacement passports, and many other passport services you may need. We also provide travel news, passport information, routine passport service, reviews about the best passport expeditors, and visa services. Not only that, but we encourage all our readers to join our social community so it stays as up-to-date as possible.

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Common Questions?

How long does it take to process a passport?

The post office usually takes 4-6 weeks for routine processing but offers expedited service for an additional fee and this speeds up the process to about 2-4 weeks. Remember the post office does not process the actual passport the U.S. Passport Agency does. The post office acts as an acceptance agency then mails your application off to the national passport processing center for processing.

Current Processing 2015

Routine 4-6 Weeks
Expedited 3 Weeks
Expedited at Agency 8 Business Days

Based on need, restrictions apply

Do I need an Appointment to apply for passports?

Many post offices now require a pre arranged appointment for the applicants to even walk in for passport acceptance. The post office moved to this system because they were inundated with passport requests and could not handle the volume. There are only a few walk-in acceptance agencies that will accept you without an appointment, they are usually local county clerks and even some public libraries.

What are the advantages to using a registered passport courier?

There are many advantages using a registered passport expeditor. One key factor is that you do not need to appear in person at a regional passport agency. So if your time is busy with work, or family this can be a very viable option to choose from. When you use a passport expeditor another key advantage is when the passport application is submitted the applicant usually knows the same or next business day what the status is with the passport application, where with the post office it may take a few weeks to know if the application is approved. If the application is rejected this will delay the process.

Key Advantages:

  • Do not have to appear in person
  • Have up to the minute status updates with the passport agency
  • Have an advocate for your passport application

Applying for your passport with the post office:

If you need your passport with no urgency, you have the option to apply through a local post office that is registered in your town with the passport agency to provide acceptance of your passport application. Most local post offices now require an appointment to be seen in person and can take from a few days to over a month to be seen, depending on the type of travel season you are in. You can pick up your applications at the local post office or you can download forms from our site so you are prepared when you appear in person. The post office offers two types of processing: routine and expedited. Routine processing can take 4-6 weeks while the expedited service can take 2-3 weeks. Once again you may need an appointment, so plan accordingly. Should you need faster service you have two options. See regional passport agencies and using a private passport expediting service.

How much does it cost to apply for a passport?

The government fees are paid separately from the fees of the registered passport courier service. Please review the Passport Fees or the Passport Fees Explained.

Passports can be confusing. Can you help with the application forms?

Securing passports can be a stressful and confusing experience so we have created comprehensive guides and video tutorials to help you with the required steps and lengthy passport application forms.

Where can I get passport photos?

You can get passport photos at most CVS, Walgreens, and many post offices. You can also order passport photos online:

Online Passport Photo Service