The Department of State (DOS) announced on March 9, 2022, that it will hold special passport acceptance fairs in March and April across the United States. Most of the events are for first-time applicants and children using Form DS-11 to apply. Those eligible for renewal should renew by mail, DOS said.
Those applying for routine service can expect to receive a passport in 8 to 11 weeks, DOS said. Those who need their passports in the next 5 to 7 weeks can pay an additional $60 fee to expedite processing. Acceptance facilities do not offer appointments for urgent travel in less than 5 weeks.
The March fairs will be held in various locations in California, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas. The April fairs will be held in several locations in California. DOS said that new events are added weekly.