Types of Passport Offices
There are two types of passport office in the United States: Passport Acceptance Facilities and Regional Passport Agencies. Passport Acceptance Facilities are local passport offices that can provide passport applications, review passport applications, and verify your identity and US citizenship as a preliminary step to getting your passport. When you are applying for a first time passport, a passport for a child, or a replacement for a lost or damaged passport, the Passport Acceptance Facility will seal your application into an official envelope in a process classed “executing the application.”
The local passport office can sending you application for expedited passport service by mail, which will take 2-3 weeks to complete. If you need faster service, such as to get your passport expedited in 24 hours, ask the Passport Acceptance Agent to give you seal envelope so you can send it to a registered passport expeditor company.