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How can I get a new passport in 3 weeks?

by Gaile
(Florence, S.C. USA)

Question: My passport expired a few years ago; however, it had the wrong state on it: N.C. instead of S.C. I need one now to get urgent dental work done in Costa Rica. Is this going to be possible?


My passport obtained in Miami, FL and had the wrong state on it, but I was able to use it on the one occasion I left the country. I have no idea how to do this, and going local I am told, will take months. Thank you.

Answer: You can only renew your passport by mail if it expired less than 5 years ago. Otherwise, you will have to appear in person in order to apply for a new passport.

Applying for a renewal by mail takes 4-6 weeks for routine service. Since you don't have that long, you will need to request expedited service so that your passport will be delivered in 2-3 weeks. If you prefer not to take the risk of it arriving late, you should plan to submit the application at a regional agency.

You can set up and appointment at the regional agency in Miami or DC. Of course, this means you have to travel there. If you can and want to go this route, click the link below for more information.

DC Passport Agency

Miami Passport Agency

Alternatively, you can get a professional passport expedite courier service to submit the application for you. When you complete the application for renewal, the correct state should be added to your new passport. Click the link below to begin the online application process.

Expedited Passport Service

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