How to Get an Overnight Passport
If you’re headed out of the country unexpectedly, you’ll need to get a passport quickly. Most expedited passports can be processed in 3 weeks or less, but you’ll need to show that there is a need to have a rush order.
Getting an expedited passport comes at a price. You’ll have to pay the base passport book fees: this will cost $110 for those 16 and older, and $80 for those under 16. Then, you’ll also need to pay the $60 expedited fee as well as any charges you incur with the shipping of the passport.
Depending on how urgent the overnight passport need is, you can either process your application by phone, in person or by mail. For the most urgent requests–what the State Department calls “life or death situations”–you should contact the National Passport Information Center by phone. For passport applications that are pressing but not immediate, you can choose to go in person to an expedited passport agency or collect all of your information and mail it in.
If you choose to go in person, you’ll want to go online to see where the closest of the 28 expedited facilities is to your current location. You’ll want to make sure that you take proof of your immediate travels with you when making the application in addition to all of the other required documents. You’ll also want to have the expedition fee with you.
If you process your application by mail, don’t forget to write “Expedite” on the envelope, and include your payment by personal check or money order. Please note that the mail-in option is only available for those who are renewing a passport; first-time passport holder will need to make an appointment first at the expedited passport offices.
The requirements for a passport application are quite stringent, so you’ll want to make sure that you have all of your documents prepared correctly; any mistakes or omissions will cause a lag in your overnight passport application. First-time applicants need Form DS-11, certified birth certificate or proof of naturalization, identification (such as a driver’s license) and photocopy of identification, and a 2×2 passport photo. Minors also need to provide notarized parental consent unless both parents are present for the application, as well as a certified birth certificate or adoption decree. Renewal applications should send in Form DS-82 in lieu of Form DS-11 in addition to all of the other documents.