Please print the instructions on this page for your reference.
After collecting all the documents and getting your customer order number in Step 1, you must appear in person before a designated Post Office or Court House where your passport application will be authorized by a local Government Official called: Acceptance Agent (AA).
Special Note for Minors Ages 16 to 17: Applicants between the ages of 16 and 17 can submit passport applications with their valid state-issued ID. The State Department reserves the right to request the express written consent and/or supporting documents and ID of parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s).
To find an Acceptance Agent (AA) near you, please click here.
Inform the (AA) that you are using an expediting service to "Hand Carry" your passport application to the Government for processing.
The (AA) will then:
- Ask you to sign the DS-11 Form
- Add his signature to the DS-11
- Check your ID
- Ask for all the Documents you have collected in Step 1 and seal them into an envelope using an official seal or stamp.
Important: It is acceptable if the (AA) insists on not sealing into the envelope one or more items collected in Step 1. But make sure to attach those items to the sealed envelope.
Very Important: Make sure the (AA) returns the sealed envelope to you so that you can mail it directly to APVI (Washington, DC). If the (AA) is unfamiliar or does not feel at ease about releasing it, refer him to page 31 or 44 of his manual. This Department of State policy is called "Hand Carrying of Executive Application." Print this page and take it with you to the (AA) as a reference.
Once the sealed envelope is handed to you, please write your:
- First and Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Date of Departure
Important: Please send the sealed envelope to APVI (Washington, DC) as soon as it is sealed. The seal on the envelope expires after four days.
Special Note for Minors Ages 16 to 17: Applicants between the ages of 16 and 17 are allowed to submit passport applications on their own behalf accompanied with valid state-issued ID. However, the State Department reserves the right to request the express permission of the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) of minors under the age of 18.
Please continue with the instructions below to complete your Customer Order Form. Before you visit the Acceptance Agent, you will need your APVI Customer Order Number and Shipping Instructions.