Passport or Visa?
Updated: Jan 2
To Apply or Renew a Passport
If you wish to travel abroad you may need both a passport and a visa. Remember, it is your responsibility to verify eligibility to travel and to obtain the proper documents for the destinations on your itinerary. To apply for or renew a passport, first determine the method that is appropriate for you. Click this link for passport information, methods to apply, forms, acceptance locations, fees, etc.
Applying In Person
Renewing A Passport
Special Passport Acceptance Fairs
These special passport acceptance fairs are held across the United States. You can appear in person to apply. Most fairs are for first-time customers and children to apply. Many of the fairs are held on a Saturday. Be sure you have all completed forms and documents in advance. Visit this link for fairs, dates and locations in your area.
If a visa is required and cannot be obtained upon arrival in your destination, you should contact the consulate of that country. Be sure to allow ample time for mailing and processing. Click this link for help with locating Foreign Embassies & Consulates.
Enroll in STEP
Before traveling abroad be sure to enroll in STEP -- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – and receive travel advisories. STEP is a free service for U. S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
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