After collecting all the documents in step1, 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).
If the child is 16 years of age or younger, both parents must appear with the child before the (AA) to sign the passport application. If only one parent appears the other parent must sign and notarize a Statement of Consent Form DS-3053. It is also recommended that the absent parent provide a photocopy of his or her valid state-issued ID. Or,
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 of the DS-11 Form
- Add his signature to the DS-11
- Check your ID
- Ask for all the Documents you have collected in Step1 and seal them into an envelope using an officila 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 send those items to APVI along with 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.