How to Expedite a Passport at the Post Office

How to Expedite a Passport at the Post Office

There are a few different ways to get a passport. Routine passport processing takes 4-6 weeks through the Post Office. The Post Office is usually the first stop for people applying for a passport. There are other locations that can also process your passport. These locations (including post offices) are all called Acceptance Agents. They are agencies approved by the U.S. Department of State to accept and approve your passport documents. Everyone must visit an acceptance agent if they are applying for a passport. The only circumstance that does not require a visit to the acceptance agent is when you are renewing an adult passport that is less than 5 years expired.

How to Expedite a Passport

If you need your passport faster than 4-6 weeks, you will need to expedite your passport application. There are three ways to expedite your passport application: a Regional Passport Agency, a local Acceptance Agency, or a Private Passport Expediting Agency. Each has it’s benefits, so find out more to learn which one is right for you.


How to Expedite a Passport at a Regional Passport Agency

A regional passport agency is usually located in a major city. Most require appointments beforehand, so be sure to call ahead first. You will have to pay the expedited fee for each passport ($60).


How to Expedite a Passport at the Post Office

The post office falls under the ‘local passport acceptance agency‘ category. This is the best circumstance because nearly every town has a local passport acceptance facility. There are over 8000 acceptance agents in the United States. You will have to pay the expedited fee for each passport ($60) and the processing time is 3 weeks door-to-door. The Post Office does not currently have a policy to expedite any faster than 3 weeks. If you need a passport faster than 3 weeks, try to make an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency or use a private passport expeditor.


How to Expedite a Passport at a Private Passport Expeditor

A private passport expediting agency only speeds up the process. Their fees are additional to the government fees, but they often have guarantees that can secure your passport in as little as 2 days. You will still need to visit the post office or local passport acceptance facility. To use a private passport expeditor, you gather the documents and photos and take them to the acceptance agent. They verify the signatures and photos, seal them up. Then you send in the sealed envelope to the expeditor. The private expeditor can then get the passport made in two weeks or less, however fast you need it. Make sure you find an expeditor that is trustworthy and has a good reputation online.


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