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Expedite Your Passport Renewal - The Fastest Ways to Renew a Passport

There are three ways to expedite passport renewals. If you need your travel document in a hurry, you can:Expedited Passport Renewal

  • Request expedited services by mail.
  • Submit an application at a regional processing center.
  • Authorize a private expediter to submit the application on your behalf.

The method you choose depends on how quickly you need to get your passport renewed and whether you have the time, ability, and willingness to do it yourself.

It is certainly possible to speed up the passport renewal process on your own, but you can save even more time and frustration by authorizing an experienced professional to expedite your passport renewal.

Get Your Passport Renewal Expedited by Mail

A standard passport renewal by mail can take 6-8 weeks (or longer) before your freshly renewed passport and supporting documents are returned to you.

The United States Department of State knows that this delay may be too long for some travelers. To account for this, your can pay an additional fee to have you passport renewal application sped up.

The processing time to expedite a passport renewal application by mail is 2 to 3 weeks. However, this can sometimes take longer depending on the demand at the time you make your application. It makes sense; the more people applying for passports, the longer it will take to process all of the requests.

If you can afford to wait at least 3 weeks for your passport, you can follow these steps to apply for an expedited passport renewal by mail:

  • Complete Form DS-82.
  • Double-check that the document has been signed.
  • Place the form, your current passport photo, and payment of $170 (application fee + expedited service fee) in a protective envelope.
  • Address the envelope to the Department of State using the following address:

    National Passport Processing Center
    Post Office Box 90955
    Philadelphia, PA 19190-0955
    It is worth noting that, while there are multiple addresses that accept passport applications, the address above is the only one that accepts expedited renewals.

  • Write the word "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope.
  • Mail the envelope and its contents to the address below by overnight express.

These steps must be followed exactly to prevent possible delays. If there is a single issue – whether it's with your form, documentation, photo, or mailing address – you can expect your application will take longer to process than the estimated expedited timeframe. Certain errors can even result in your application being rejected altogether.

Expedite Your Passport Renewal at a Regional Agency

If you have less than two weeks before your departure date, you can expedite your passport by applying in person 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 automated appointment service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, during peak travel seasons you may have to make numerous calls before getting through to make your appointment request.

Once your appointment has been scheduled, you need to arrive no more than 15 minutes early with the completed Form DS-82, your existing passport, current photos and your complete payment (including the expedited processing fee). Most processing centers also require evidence of travel.

If you are unable to get an appointment but have urgent travel needs, you can appear at the nearest regional passport agency without an appointment and try to submit the application as a walk-in.

Passport agencies usually accept applications from applicants without appointments, but there is no guarantee. High volumes of applicants or other unforeseen issues could result in you walking away empty-handed. As a walk-in, if you had difficulty making an appointment for a particular day, that may be sign that your odds of success will be lower than normal.

That said, if you decide to take the risk and apply at a regional passport agency without an appointment, you should plan to arrive an hour or two before the agency opens. From there, your chances will depend on the how many appointments have been scheduled that day and how quickly the passports are required.

If you are successful – either with or without an appointment – regional passport agencies have processing times ranging from eight business days to the same day.

Click here for a list of regional passport agencies.

Fast Passport Renewal Courier Service

Another method of renewing a passport 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 often opt to utilize the services of a registered passport and visa courier service.

These services have a unique combination of experience and familiarity with the passport application process. As a result, applicants that take advantage of registered passport expeditor services typically benefit from faster processing times and lessened risk of application errors.

If you have less than two weeks before your departure date and are unable to travel to a regional passport agency, an expeditor is your best bet.

How Passport Expediting Services Work

When you apply for a passport renewal through an expediting service, you complete the typical paperwork along with an authorization letter that allows the expeditor to legally represent you before the regional passport agency. These documents are then transferred to the expeditor either in person or through the mail – this cannot be done electronically.

Upon receipt, the authorized expeditor reviews the application for errors and then proceeds to hand deliver your application and supporting documents to a regional passport agency.

When the application has been processed, the expeditor then picks up your new passport from the agency and delivers it to you. This is typically handled through overnight shipping, but some expediting services offer additional delivery options in special circumstances. For example, in an emergency, an expeditor may be willing and able to deliver the new passport to you personally at a hotel or airport.

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Submitting your application form at a regional processing center or authorizing a professional courier to do it for you is the fastest way to renew a passport. This method will usually result in your new travel document being issued the same day or, at the latest, the next day. That said, be sure to always account for any additional shipping time when sending and receiving your documents.

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