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How to Apply for Expedited Service
at a Regional Passport Agency

Long lines at the New York Passport Agency in the Greater New York Federal Building at 376 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014-3621

Regional passport agencies are located in several major U.S. cities. These agencies attend to U.S. citizens who need to obtain a passport in two weeks or less or a passport and entry visa in four weeks or less.

The first step to getting a new passport fast is to schedule an appointment at a regional agency. You do this by calling the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778. The center's automated appointment system operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, customer service representatives are only available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST.

You should arrive for your appointment no more than 15 minutes early. You will need your Social Security card or your confirmation number. Upon entering, you will have to pass through security, including metal detectors. You will then be directed to the appropriate location.

Your appointment will be verified at the check-in desk. You will receive a numbered ticket with the current waiting time. When your number appears on the monitor, you should go to the appropriate window.

You need to take the passport application form with you to the appointment. Do not mail it. The same supporting documents you would submit at a passport application acceptance facility need to be submitted at the regional agency. This includes proof of citizenship, proof of identity, a copy of your identification document and a passport-style photo.

Some applicants wrote to inform us that they were able to get in and out of a regional agency in less than 30 minutes. Others took several hours to complete their submissions. Much depends on the regional agency where you will be applying and the current volume of applications that the agency has to process. Prepare yourself for a long wait. Even if you get done quickly with submitting the application, you will be required to return at a later time to pick up your new passport.

Even at a processing center, passport processing times vary. The time it takes for you to get your passport will depend on the nature of your travel plans and the current volume of submissions, especially same-day passport requests. Applicants with medical emergencies are given priority. It is possible to receive a passport only a few hours after applying for it but you may also have to wait until the following day or even several days to pick it up.

Don't have time to visit the regional agency? Find out how to apply for expedited service through a registered passport expediter.

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FAQ about Expediting Passports at a Regional Agency

Below is a list of answers to questions submitted by our visitors. If you still have questions about the process, please read through the list below for more specific information.

Can I visit the regional agency a day before my appointment to get an emergency passport?  Question: I need a 24 hour passport for a trip to Germany I paid for. I leave on Thursday 24th at 3pm. I was not able to get a passport request out on ...

Which agency expedites the renewal application of an expired passport of a Massachusetts resident?  Question: I live in Massachusetts. Can I get an expedited renewal of my expired passport at the Connecticut agency, or do I have to go to the Massachusetts ...

Is a new same-day passport processing office opening in Atlanta, GA?  Question: Please advise about the location and date if this is true. I'm planning a group trip and most of the travelers live 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta ...

How do I get a passport expedited in 3 days by visiting a regional agency?  Question: I am traveling on July 29, 2010 to Nassau, Bahamas and need to get a passport. I have a completed passport application, my 2 passport photos,...

How can I contact the DC agency directly since my expedited passport has not arrived  Question: Hello, my Name is Elton and I am traveling on 1/7/2010. I provided a self-addressed FedEx envelope with all the required documents to complete ...

If I go to a regional agency to get a new passort, will I walk out with it immediately?  Question: Today is Nov 22, I leave for Belize on Dec 8th. If I come in to the agency on the 7th, will I walk out with my new passport that day? I thought ...

Where to get a passport if the regional agency is too far away?  Question: If my regional passport office is a great distance away, and I need a passport within the next two weeks (as a new applicant), will I be able ...

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