Proof of Travel for Expedited Passport Service
If you make unexpected plans to travel outside of the United States,
but you do not yet have a passport, you will be required to find a Regional Passport Agency
and apply for an expedited passport. These offices only allow
appointments to those who have plans to travel within fourteen days and
do not have a passport. There are only twenty-six Regional Passport
Agencies in the United States, so often times the applicant will need
to do some traveling to get to the closest one. If these circumstances
apply to you, there will be certain documents you will need to present
at the processing center to prove that your travel plans are legit and
you qualify for expedited services. With three ways to travel -- by
air, sea, and land; each one will require a different type of proof of
If you are traveling by air
the most common form of
proof used is a printed copy of the e-mail that shows your flight
itinerary. You can also present a photocopy of your e-tickets or bring
the hard copy of your tickets with you to the agency. If you are flying
by a private plane, you will need to show the private air charter
documentation on official letterhead as your proof of travel.
For those who are traveling by sea
there are two ways
you can show proof of imminent travel to the passport agency depending
on the type of sea travel you have chosen. For those who are taking
part in a cruise that docks in foreign countries, you can provide the
passport agent a copy of the e-mail that shows your itinerary. If you
are traveling on a private boat or yacht, you will need to provide the
documents that show the boat charter plan.
When traveling by land
or Central America by bus, train, or car, your proof of travel can be
one of the following three. If you have tickets to an event in the
country you plan to visit, that is considered viable proof by the
passport agency. You can also show copies of the hotel confirmation
that show where you'll be staying in the county you're traveling to and
the dates. Lastly, a letter from the family or friends you will be
visiting outside the country that is signed with their signature and
includes their address is sufficient.
Whether you are traveling by land, sea, or air, you will need to
provide sufficient evidence of your imminent travel plans in order to
obtain an expedited passport. If for some reason you do not have these
forms of proof, you should contact the nearest regional passport agency
and discuss your options before making the trip there. These documents
are only required for those who need to expedite passports; for those
who only require standard processing, you will not need any of these
documents to obtain your passport.
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