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Sidebar: Passport Services - World's Premier Travel Document

Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
December 16, 2013


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Passport Services - World's Premier Travel Document

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The Department protects the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas and strengthens U.S. border security through the vigilant management of the U.S. passport and visa program. Passport services provides accurate and secure U.S. passports, responds effectively to the needs of U.S. passport customers, and strengthens management and delivery capabilities. The Department currently operates 28 domestic passport agencies. In addition, there are currently more than 8,400 acceptance facilities nationwide that are designated to accept passport applications.

Additional facts:

  • Passports and passport cards issued: In FY 2013, we issued 13.5 million passports and passport cards. Over the seven fiscal years since FY 2007, we have issued a total of over 100 million passports and passport cards.
  • Passports in circulation: More than 117 million valid U.S. passports are in circulation (compared to 14 million in circulation in 1991). Today, about 37 percent of U.S. citizens have a valid passport.
  • Passport cards: May be used for entrance via land and sea from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Through September 2013, more than seven million passport cards have been issued.
  • Toll free number: 1-877-4USAPPT (1-877-487-2778); TTY/TDD 1-888-874-7793.

The Department's passport service operations support strategic goal number seven: build a 21st Century workforce; and achieve U.S. Government operational and consular efficiency and effectiveness, transparency and accountability; and a secure U.S. Government presence internationally. Looking ahead, the Department is developing a new travel document called "The Next Generation Passport" as part of the ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the Department's secure travel documents.

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