What is an Acceptance Agent?
When it comes to traveling to any international destination you will need to have a valid United States passport at the time of travel. If your passport is expired you will need to fill out the DS-82 Application Form for Passport Renewals, and take the application to your nearest acceptance agent for the agent to witness your signature on your passport application.
The Passport Acceptance Agent is an official government agent who is authorized to witness the signature of your passport application.
Once the agent has witnessed your signature for your passport documents they will put your passport documents in a sealed envelope, and you are not allowed to open this sealed envelope until you are at one of the regional passport agencies or submitting to your nearest passport offices.
Why is an Acceptance Agent Needed?
An acceptance agent is important to the passport application process because it helps the State Department review each application before a U.S. Passport is issued.
Where to find an Acceptance Agent?
Acceptance Agents are located throughout the United States of America. They are usually located in post offices, courthouses, and other state department buildings. U.S. Passport Help Guide has developed an entire catalog of all passport offices around the United States. You can find our database with all passport offices here.
What is Needed when going to an Acceptance Agent?
It is very important when going to your acceptance agent that you carry the correct documentations needed by the agent. This varies with each passport application as each passport application would have different requirements.
But some basic requirements are as follows:
Filled out Passport Applications without any signature,
proof of identity and proof of U.S. citizenship.
If you need an emergency passport you will have to first visit your nearest acceptant agent and have the agent-witness your signature then go to your nearest regional passport agency who will be able to process your passport same day onsite.
If you cannot visit your nearest passport agency you could hire the help of a private passport expediting company. U.S. Passport Help Guide recommends Fastport Passport as they are reliable and would be able to get your passport on time for your trip.