A U.S. passport is your key to international travel. When you present it abroad, you are requesting a foreign government to permit you to travel or temporarily reside in its territories and to have access to all lawful, local aid and protection. It gives you access to U.S. consular services and assistance overseas. Most importantly, it allows you to re-enter the United States when you return home.
The Department of State’s Passport Services Directorate issues U.S. passports to traveling Americans. It protects the integrity of the U.S. passport as proof of U.S. citizenship at home and around the world while providing the highest level of customer service, professionalism, and integrity.