Passport production is now at a record high. Be prepared for longer than expected processing times for your application in the face of record-breaking demand. In other words, plan ahead!
Steps to obtaining a U.S. passport:
- Fill out an application form (online or printable version)
- Take 2 passport photos – make sure they meet the requirements (you can have passport photos made at virtually any CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, etc.)
- Prove you’re a U.S. citizen
- Show your ID
- Pay the application fee
- Drop it all off at a Passport Acceptance Facility
The closest Passport Acceptance Facility to GSU is:
Fulton County Clerk of Superior Court
136 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
You can renew your passport by mail if all of the following are true:
Your Most Recent U.S. Passport:
- Is undamaged and can be submitted with your application
- Was issued when you were age 16 or older
- Was issued within the last 15 years
- Was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change
If you need a passport for travel within TWO WEEKS or a passport in order to get a visa for travel within FOUR WEEKS, you should make an appointment at the Atlanta Passport Office. You can only use this option if you are traveling within the time frames listed above.
If Your Passport Has Been Delayed:
- First, check the status of your application online at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html (NOTE: Currently, it is taking 7-10 days for applications to be tracked online, less if the application was expedited. Please allow at least that time before checking the status of your application.)
- Then, email or call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 for help.
If You Need a Visa:
If a visa is required for the country you are visiting, once you receive your passport, it has to then be sent away to get the visa stamped. Do not procrastinate, or you may not be able to go abroad!
Visa requirements can be found on embassy or consulate websites for the particular country to which you will be traveling. Take extra care in checking that you have everything exactly as needed for your visa, as visas are often denied or delayed if your application is not completed correctly.
**If you are traveling with a GSU sponsored program, ask your Program Director if a visa is required.
**If you are traveling with another institution or organization or traveling independently, check with your contact person about visa information.
What is the difference between a Passport and a Visa?
Anytime you travel to another country, you will need a Passport. This is the booklet that is used for personal identification whenever and wherever you travel abroad.
A Visa gives you official permission to enter the host country. You must apply for a visa and send your passport to the country’s embassy or consulate for them to apply the visa stamp. Some countries require all international guests to obtain a visa, but there are many countries that do not require a visa for entry. In many countries, you only need a Visa if you are staying longer than three months. Always check with your program contact person and the country’s embassy or consulate to be sure.