Expedite Passport Renewal - How to Renew Your Passport Fast
There are three ways to expedite passport renewals.
If you need your travel document in a hurry, you can request expedited
services by mail, submit the application at a regional processing
center or authorize a private expediter to submit the application on
your behalf. The method you choose depends on how quickly you need to
get it renewed and whether you want to do it yourself or save the time
by authorizing an experienced professional to expedite your passport renewal.
Expediting Passport Renewal by Mail
Place the completed, signed Form DS-82,
current passport photo and payment of $170 (application fee + expedited
service fee) to the Department of State in a protective envelope. Write
the word "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope. Mail the envelope
and its contents to the address below by overnight express.
National Passport Processing Center
Post Office Box 90955
Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955
The processing time to expedite a passport renewal application
by mail is 2 to 3 weeks. This can sometimes take longer depending on
the demand at the time you make your application.
Expedite Renewal at a Regional Agency
If you have less than two weeks before your departure date, you can apply to expedite your passport at a regional passport agency.
The first step is to make an appointment by calling the National
Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778. This is an
automated appointment service that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week. During peak travel seasons you may have to make numerous attempts
before getting through.
Once your appointment has been scheduled, you need to arrive no
more than 15 minutes early with the completed Form DS-82, your current
passport, photos and payment. Most processing centers also require
evidence of travel.
If you are unable to get an appointment but have an urgent
travel needs, you can appear at the nearest agency without an
appointment and try to submit the application as a walk-in. In this case, you should arrive an hour or two before the agency
opens. Applications from those without appointments are usually
accepted although there is no guarantee. Much depends on the how many
appointments have been scheduled and how quickly the passports are
required. Processing is completed in 8 business days to as fast as the
same day at these locations.
Click here for a list of regional passport agencies.
Rush Passport Renewal Courier Service
Another method of getting a passport renewed quickly is to authorize a third party to submit the passport application and supporting documents
at the regional agency on your behalf. While this can be a friend or
relative, applicants more frequently utilize the serivces of a registered passport and visa courier service
because of the experience they have. This is a necessary alternative if
you have less than two weeks before your departure date and are unable
to travel to a regional passport agency.
When you apply through an expediting service, you authorize the
expediter to represent you before the regional passport agency. An
authorization letter must accompany the application form. The
authorized courier will hand deliver your application and supporting
documents to the agency. When the application has been processed, your
new passport will picked up and mailed to you using overnight delivery.
Depending on how urgent the situation and what airport your flight
leaves from, the expeditor may be able to deliver the new passport to you
personally at the airport.
Click here to for expedited passport courier service in 24-48 hours.