My notes on getting a same day passport in SF

The USA department of State has its act together here. Here are my notes on getting a same day or same week passport at the SF federal building.


1 – follow the web sites professionally done web site instructions.

2 – have the complete package in the envelope with ID and money for the trip to SF.

3 – the first goal is to get a number pass from the guard in the door. This is the same day walkin line.

4 – the guard eventually calls your number for entrance in the paper work check line.

5 – if you pass the paperwork hurdle you will be give an appointment number for that day.

6 – if you cannot prove you need the passport for the next day you will not be able to pick up the new passport until anytime after the next day after 3:30 pm.

7 – payment, I used Apple Pay!  For the agent I had she said I was the first person she had seen processed using Apple Pay on the state department credit card machines.

8 – you can get obtain at the point you are still at the window an authorization for a third party to pick up your passport on that future date when it is available.

All in all, what I read with the yelp reviews proved true, that said this was a much less painful experience than I thought it was going to be. Unlike that painful experience of going to the DMV.

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