Read this page to learn about the Expedited Passport Service.
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Expedited Passport Service
On this page, you’ll learn how and where to apply for the Expedited Passport Service for all passport types, plus a list of documents you need to get your passport processed quickly.
With an expedited passport service, the fees are higher than when you apply for a routine passport. You still have the option to get an expedited passport at your local passport acceptance agency.
You have 3 options to apply for an expedited U.S. Passport:
- Post Office or County Clerk
- Regional Passport Agency
- Expedited Service
Read below for all the document requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of State.
Post Office or County Clerk for Expedited Passport
The Expedited Passport Service at the Post Office or County Clerk is a good option if you will be traveling more than 4 weeks later. To proceed, you’ll need to setup an appointment and appear in person at your local passport acceptance agency.
Once you appear at the post office, the staff will review your documents either for a new passport application or passport renewal. They’ll send your documents directly to the national passport agency with a request for the expedited service. Your passport application will include an additional fee of $60 for the passport agency to review your documents for.
Depending on the time of year, you will receive your passport via priority mail within 2-4 weeks. If there is anything wrong with your passport application, the passport agency will mail a suspense (or denial) letter with details about what is wrong with your application. You must comply with the request, which will delay your application.
Regional Passport Agency for Expedited Passport
Regional passport agencies can accommodate international travelers who need a passport or passport card. However, you must prove you are traveling within the next 14 days or 30 days. A visa is required. There are more than 22 regional passport agencies in the nation.
You must schedule an appointment for at the regional agency and appear in person with all the required documents for your passport type. In some cases, the agency will issue your expedited passport on the same day or instruct you to pick up your passport on the following day.
The regional agency advises applicants to appear 15 minutes before their appointment, but you may want to appear 45 minutes in advance since you still have to go through security. The process could take up to 3 hours.
This is a great option if you are in dire straights or have a very complicated passport situation.
NOTE: If the government issued a suspense letter, appearing in person at the regional agency is your only option. You cannot apply for another passport again.
Registered Courier Service for Expedited Passport
The last option for expedited passport services is contracting with a registered passport courier service (also known as a passport expeditor). We recommend using a courier service when:
- You cannot appear at a regional passport agency.
- The agency does not have an appointment for you.
- It is past your travel date.
Some people use these services just because they want to avoid going to a passport agency due to work or family obligations. This is a very viable option to get an expedited passport, but you will pay a service fee on top of the government fee. Service fees start at $79 (and up to $399 or more) depending on how quickly you need your passport.