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Passports & Visas

U.S. Passport

How to Get/Renew Your Passport

U.S. citizens leaving the United States must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport. When studying abroad, your passport must be valid for at least six months past the end of your program - if it is not, you must renew your passport prior to leaving the country. Please consult the U.S. Department of State's website regarding cost for a new or renewed passport. All passports are valid for ten years and take approximately six weeks to process. Additional fees apply for expedited service. Detailed information including a downloadable passport application, instructions, and frequently asked questions can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website.

Passport Acceptance Facilities in Indianapolis

For more agent hours and location information, visit the Department of State's Passport Acceptance Facility Search Page.

  • USPS Passport Agent—Bacon Station Branch
    2727 E. 55th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46220
    317-464-6820
  • USPS Passport Agent—Eagle Creek Branch
    6401 Gateway Drive
    Indianapolis, IN 46254-9998
    317-464-6105

  • USPS Passport Agent—Main Office Window Services
    125 W. South St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46206-9631
    317-464-6876

  • USPS Passport Agent—Nora Branch
    1300 E. 86th St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46240
    317-464-6840

  • USPS Passport Agent—East Gate Station
    740 N. Shortridge Rd.
    Indianapolis, IN 46219-9998
    317-464-6819

  • USPS Passport Agent—Park Fletcher Branch
    2760 Fortune Circle East
    Indianapolis, IN 46241-9998
    317-464-6841

  • USPS Passport Agent—Carmel Branch
    275 Medical Drive
    Carmel, IN 46032
    317-846-2489

  • USPS Passport Agent—Castleton Branch
    8710 Bash Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46256-9998
    317-464-6850
  • USPS Passport Agent—Southport Branch
    1701 E. Edgewood Ave.
    Indianapolis, IN 46227-9996
    317-464-6827

  • USPS Passport Agent - Brownsburg Branch
    411 E. Northfield Dr.
    Brownsburg, IN 46112
    317-852-3943

Visas

All governments require foreigners to have an appropriate visa to reside in their country. This endorsement or stamp placed in your passport by a foreign government permits you to enter that country for a specified purpose. In most instances you must obtain the necessary visa before you leave the United States. Some visas cost money; others do not. Visa processing can take anywhere from several hours to several weeks. Apply for your visa directly from the embassy or nearest consulate of the country in which you plan to reside. If you are going on a 3rd Party Provider program, please consult your provider to determine if and how they assist you with obtaining your visa.

NAFSA, an association of international educators, is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. They have country-specific visa information on their website that the Butler University Center for Global Education references when advising students.

If studying abroad in Europe, you may be required to obtain a Schengen visa. The Schengen area is comprised of the following 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. For more information on the health insurance visa requirements for the Schengen visa, please see the CGE's webpage on Health Insurance While Abroad.