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What is a passport?

Image: 2 U.S. passportsA passport is an official document issued by a government, certifying the holder's identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.

United States citizens

If you need to apply for a new passport or renew an expired one, visit the website for instructions.  You must use the passport book while studying abroad.

Most new applicants submit a passport application at a local full-service post office for basic processing.  However, the San Diego Passport Agency in downtown San Diego offers expedited service if needed. Passports will be issued within 5 business days of applying at the agency. You can also visit the SDSU Passport Office at the International Student Center to process your application.

International Students

All SDSU international degree-seeking students must use their home country passport when studying abroad.  You should meet with an International Student Advisor in the International Student Center to discuss immigration matters. U.S. permanent residents will also use their current passports.

Processing Time

To check current processing times, please visit the Department of State website at

Request expedited service for faster processing and overnight delivery service for faster delivery after processing. The fees for these services are payable to the U.S. Department of State in addition to application fees. Click here to learn more about optional services

Already Applied for a Passport?

Check the status of your application online.

It may take less time if you paid for Expedite Service and sent your application via overnight delivery.

Please remember when calculating processing times, passport cards cannot be shipped using overnight delivery. All passport cards are returned using First Class Mail.


SDSU Passport Office Now Open!

The new Passport Acceptance Facility is now open at the International Student Center near the corner of 55th Street and Aztec Circle Drive in spring 2016. The facility handles the passport needs of SDSU students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of the greater San Diego community, the College Area in particular.  Click here to find out more about the Passport Office.

5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-5101