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Is it faster to renew my passport in person or by mail?

by Daniel
(Seattle, Washington)

Question: I am over 18 and my passport was issued less than 15 years ago. Which method will be faster to renew, in person or by mail?


Answer: When you renew your passport by mail you have two options concerning processing. Routine processing takes 4-6 weeks to complete. You can request expedited processing which will reduce the time to 2-3 weeks.

To renew your passport in less than 2 weeks, you also have two options. One, you can submit the application yourself at the regional passport agency. For more information, click the link below.

Seattle Passport Agency

Two, you can get a professional passport expediter to submit the application for you. For more information, click the link below.

Apply for Expedited Service through Expediter

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