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Is two weeks enough time to renew a passport if we go to the Philadelphia agency?

by toni
(phila, pa)

Question: We want to book a trip to Europe on July 23rd, and my husband scheduled an appointment with the passport agency in Philadelphia on July 9th. I recently got married and have the original marriage certificate and my expired passport with my old name on it.


If we go into the office on July 9th, when will we receive our passports? And is the marriage certificate and old passport enough information to give in order to get the new passport? I am hesitant to book the flight if we're not definitely going to be able to have our passports in time for the trip.

Answer: Passport applications submitted in person at the Philadelphia Passport Agency can be processed the same day. As long as you provide evidence of your July 23rd departure date, the agency will expedite your application in a timely manner.

Besides the marriage certificate and most recent passport, you also need to submit the completed application form DS-82 and one recent passport photo. Form DS-82 is for a passport renewal. You can use this form to renew your passport and change the name at the same time.

Note, you cannot apply for a passport renewal using form DS-82 if your current passport is damaged, you were a minor when the passport was issued to you or it was issued more than 15 years ago. In this case, you would apply for a new passport by submitting form DS-11.

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