How to Make a Passport appointment?
Passport appointments are required for those applying for a passport or renewing their passport at a passport acceptance facility. Due to pandemic restrictions, all facilities in the United States can only provide a limited number of appointments.
You can book your passport appointment either online or by calling toll-free number 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793.
To make the process easier and to shorten the processing time, the State Department now offers passport renewal by mail. You can renew your US passport by mail without booking an appointment and visiting the passport facilities.
Not everyone will need an appointment to get the passport service. In this blog, we’ll look at who needs an appointment, when they need one, and how to make one.
Who needs Passport appointment?
Who needs a passport appointment is depends on where they are applying? Americans applying at passport acceptance facilities require an appointment.
Again, not everyone is eligible to apply for passport services at acceptance centers. It is dependent on the type of passport service requested.
Let’s look through the list to see who requires a passport appointment. You need an appointment if,
- If you are in life-or-death emergencies, and you need a passport within 72 hours.
- You have an urgent international business trip in the next 72 hours.
- You want to apply for a fresh US passport by using DS-11
- You are a minor and going to apply for a new passport by using the DS-11 form.
Department will request additional documents to prove the life-or-death emergencies and urgent business travel requirements. Please note that, due to current conditions and high-volume flow, State Department restricted the number of appointments in all facilities. So, it is not a full guarantee that you will get an appointment.
Passport renewal applicant who meets specific criteria must apply by mail. They are not allowed to submit their passport renewal application at acceptance facilities. So, if you are eligible for renewal by mail, you don’t need an appointment.
If you are not eligible to apply for renewal by mail, you need to book appointment and visit the acceptance facility. If you want to find the answer for the question ‘passport renewal near me’ You can search your nearby facility in the State Department website.
As we have seen who need an appointment now, let’s move to how,
How to Book a passport appointment?
As said above, you can book your passport appointment either online or via call. Below is the step-by-step detail to book an appointment.
Book a Passport appointment Online:
You can schedule a passport appointment online on the USPS site. The process is very simple, and if the slots are available, you can get your appointment quickly. Before proceeding to the appointment, please ensure that you have the completed passport service form and all necessary documents.
Steps to Book an Appointment:
- Visit the USPS appointment page.
- Select the passport service you want to apply for.
- Look for a center in your area.
- Choose your preferred time slot.
- Enter Contact information and give submit.
You will receive a confirmation mail immediately after booking your appointment, as well as an email notification 24 hours before the appointment. The confirmation email will include the option to ‘cancel’ or ‘edit’ the appointment and schedule a new one.
Book a Passport appointment via Call:
You can also make a passport appointment by calling a toll-free number 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793. Because of the high volume of calls, there may be a delay, so it is best to book an appointment online.
Passport Renewal by Mail:
Do you want to renew your passport and don’t have any urgent travel in the next 72 hrs? Then you need to renew your passport by mail by using the form DS-82.
Eligibility for Passport Renewal:
If you fall under the below criteria, you can do passport renewal by mail.
- Do you have your passport with you to submit with your application?
- Is your passport undamaged other than normal tear?
- Did you receive your passport when you were 16 or older?
- Are you sure that the passport was issued within the last 15 years?
- Does the passport hold your current name?
You can apply for renewal by mail if your answer is ‘Yes’ to all the above conditions.
If your answer is ‘No’ to any one of the above conditions, you will not be able to apply for renewal by mail.
Instead, you need to book an appointment and visit the passport acceptance facility in person to apply for passport service.
Passport Renewal in Click2Visas:
Click2Visas provides a US passport renewal assistance service for a low service cost. The process of C2V (Click2Visas) is simple. Click2Visas forms are customized using the latest technology so that you don’t have to spend more time filling the form.
Raise a renewal request; once processed, a kit will be delivered to your door. The kit will include a completed application form with your photo stapled to it, as well as an envelope containing the renewal location address.
Place the original passport along with the fee check/money order in the envelope addressed to the renewal location and posted it in a nearby USPS mailbox.
Once your application is processed, you will receive your renewed passport from the State Department in USPS mail.
You can contact our team on chat if you have any questions about our process or the US passport service. We will gladly assist you. Some of the passport appointment-related questions and answers that you may need to know are listed below.
Here are a few Passport appointment Related FAQ:
How long would it take to get an appointment for a passport service?
An appointment should take between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on whether you need a passport photo taken. When scheduling family appointments, add 15 minutes for each additional family member.
How far in advance can I make a reservation for my appointment?
You can schedule appointments up to four weeks in advance using the USPS Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler.
Is there a deadline for making a same-day appointment?
You can schedule appointments until 2 a.m. Central Time on the day of their choice.
How do I schedule a family appointment?
The total number of appointments will be determined by the size of the family. There is a six-person maximum limit. Customers scheduling family appointments will select the number of family members who require appointments. The USPS Appointment Scheduler will provide a block of multiple 15-minute appointments to accommodate all family members. A family of four, for example, will require a 60-minute appointment block.
Is it possible to make an appointment for someone who is not a family member?
Applicants are not permitted to make reservations for people who are not family members.
Is it possible to change the time and/or location of an existing appointment?
Applicants can change the time of their appointments by going to the confirmation page or email. Applicants who want to change their appointment location must first cancel their existing appointment and then schedule a new passport application appointment at their preferred location.
What if I am late on my appointment?
If an applicant is more than 5 minutes late for a scheduled appointment, it may be forfeited or given to another applicant requesting passport services. You could perhaps aim to arrive at least 10 minutes before their scheduled appointments.
Where should I go to check-in for my passport appointment?
You should approach the appropriate counter or space for passport services at Post Office facilities. Please notify the retail associate at the passport counter that you have arrived for your scheduled appointment or wait for your name to be called.
What if not all family members have all the required documentation for a family appointment? Will the family members who have documentation continue to be processed?
It is entirely up to the applicants whether they wish to process only family members with complete documentation. A passport application will not be processed unless all required documentation is provided.
What if the applicant’s name does not match the name of the appointment?
The appointment name should be the same as the name of the applicant requesting a passport. When approaching the window, the applicant should specify if the appointment is for a minor and was scheduled by a parent or guardian. If a family member made the appointment, the applicant should specify it at the window.