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Passport process

International Affairs (CG-DCO-I)

All official passport services require a completed CG-4650 (Request for No-Fee Passport). The Coast Guard has over a hundred Official Passport Acceptance Agents(OPAAs) stationed throughout the Coast Guard. These members are trainind to help you through the official passport process request, renewals and all other official passport services.

Review the instructions and reasons for the different applications. Select the application that best suits your circumstances. Fill out the appropriate application. It is preferred that this is done online and printed.

Do not print the application double sided, each page must be a separate sheet. Legible hand written applications are acceptable.

Time Line:

In order to obtain an official passport please complete the following:

Completing a new OFFICIAL PASSPORT application (DS-11) 

Current holder of a U.S. Passport (Tourist or Official)

Complete a DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewls Application for Eligible Individuals. You must meet the following


All forms 

FedEx all forms, photos and citizenship documentation to the address provided at the bottom of the CG-Form 4650.  Do not mail your package to the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, or Department of Defense. The CG-4650 should be single stapled to the outside of the sealed envelope and then placed into a mailing envelope and mailed to CG-DCO-I. The processing time for a complete and accurate application is approximately 4 to 6 weeks.  This time line is established by the Department of State and can fluctuate due to the volume of passport applications they are currently processing. Applications received during the months of January - May generally take to 6 - 8 weeks due to the high volume of passport applications being processed for the military transfer season.


The newest APACS Requirement ALCOAST is linked here: APACS ALCOAST.
A handy foreign travel checklist has been created for your use and is linked here: Foreign Travel Checklist

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Last Modified 1/12/2016