Where do I apply in person?
There are more than 8,700 passport acceptance facilities nationwide, including many federal and state courts, post offices, public libraries and county and city offices. See the State Department Web site (iafdb.travel.state.gov) for local outposts.
What if my passport is running out of pages?
If you’re down to two to four visa pages, you need to fatten up your book. Send your passport, DS-4085 form and $82 to: National Passport Processing Center, P.O. Box 90106, Philadelphia, Pa., 19190-0106.
I’m in a hurry — my trip is in a few weeks!
For expedited renewal service by mail, send in the required materials plus an additional $60 and overnight delivery costs. Write “Expedite” on the envelope and put the departure date on your application. To ensure timely delivery, splurge on two-way overnight delivery.
If you’re leaving in two weeks or sooner, make an appointment with a Regional Passport Agency. In Washington, the center, at 1111 19th St. NW, is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Schedule an appointment at 877-487-2778.
For even faster — but costlier — service, use a private company. You’ll pay a flat rate based on the speed of service, plus government fees. Search online for firms and prices.
Where can I find official passport information?
On the State Department Web site, travel.state.gov/passport.
For a status report on your application, contact the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 or check online at travel.state.gov/passport/status/status_2567.html within five to seven days of your application.