A passport is an internationally recognized travel document attesting to the identity and nationality of the bearer. In essence, it is a request on the part of the issuing government that officials of foreign governments permit the bearer to travel or sojourn in their territories and to afford them all lawful aid and protection.
U.S. Departments of State’s website currently states “Safely Getting Back To Work For You…We continue to experience significant delays in passport processing, as our staff are unable to process applications from home due to strict standards for security and privacy protection for customers. This includes applications by customers who already applied for routine service at passport acceptance facilities or who mailed in renewal applications since March. We ask for your patience as we gradually resume normal operations and address COVID-19 related processing delays.”
If you are in need a passport in the next 72 hours for a life-or-death emergency then contact the National Passport Information Center to schedule an appointment 1-877-487-2778.
To apply for a new passport you must personally come to either of our office locations: See Contact Information
For Passport Application Instructions see Additional Information.