Passports are obtained through the Passport Services Division of
of State. Through your local passport acceptance agent, you can
apply for a new passport, renew your old one, or do any of a number of
things, including replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged passport, or
adding new pages to your existing book.
If you have had trouble securing services regarding passport issues, my
office may be able to help. Please contact the Rockville office at (301)
for adults expire in 10 years but minors’ passports expire in 5 years.
Please check with your carrier or with the foreign Embassy if you have
six or fewer months remaining on your passport as you may be denied entry
with fewer than six months.
Passports in a Hurry
Passports usually take from 30 to 40 days to issue. For an additional $60
fee -- plus the cost of 2-way overnight mail -- you can "expedite" this
process and receive your passport in 7-10 business days. You can find
more information from the
State Department website.
If you have imminent travel plans and need immediate assistance
regarding your U.S. passport, please complete and return a Passport Intake Information Form and a Privacy Release by fax
at (301) 424-5992 or call my Rockville office at (301) 424-3501. If you
send your form by fax, please call to verify that your fax was received
and to speak with a staff member about the details of processing your
You've got your passport and you're ready to go on your trip, right? Not
quite. You still have to check with the country or countries you'll be
visiting to determine whether or not you'll need a visa. A visa is
permission from a country to cross their borders and comes in the form of
a page inserted in your U.S. Passport. You usually have to mail your
passport to the Embassy or Consulate of the country you'll be visiting,
so allow plenty of time to accomplish this.
Also, check the State Department website for travel
warnings and consular information sheets that provide helpful
information about the country you plan on visiting. The
State Department services website also contains very comprehensive
information on all the services it provides both stateside and abroad.
This includes crisis assistance for U.S. Citizens living or traveling
abroad and various travel publications available on-line.
American Embassies and Consulates
Many U.S. Diplomatic Missions abroad have information
on-line. For those that don't, check the State
Department's Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts for addresses, and
phone and fax numbers for U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the