Important Due to Covid-19, processing times for passports are taking longer than normal for both standard and expedited services.

How do I get a passport expedited in 3 days at a regional agency?

by Frederick
(Downingtown, Penna. USA)

Question: I am traveling on July 29 to Nassau, Bahamas and need to get a passport. I have a completed passport application, my passport photo, birth certificate/proof of US citizenship, a money order made out to the US Dept. of State, a copy of my itinerary, and a valid PA drivers license for identification.

I tried using the automated appointment system and the next available appointment is on 7/30 at 8:30AM, which is too late for me. How do I get a passport expedited in 3 days visiting a regional agency? What can I do?

Answer: I recommend you visit the Philadelphia regional agency without an appointment. I cannot guarantee that you will be able to submit your application if you do this but many have. I have never heard of an American citizen in need of an expedited passport in such a short period of time being turned away.

If you arrive at the regional agency when it opens tomorrow and are allowed in, then you should get your passport the same day. If you are not allowed to submit the application, then you would still have time to submit it through a professional expediting service.

For directions to the regional agency, click the link below.

Philadelphia Passport Agency

Note, the birth certificate must be an original or a certified copy and you also need to submit a photocopy of your photo ID (driver's license). Make sure the payment is for the correct amount.

If you prefer not to take the risk of visiting the Philadelphia agency without an appointment, you can initiate the expediting process through a private expediter by clicking the link below.

Apply to Expedite Passport

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UPDATE: Mailing delays and high demand are impacting passport processing. The Department of State's processing times begin when applications are received at a passport agency or center and not when you mail them or apply at a local acceptance facility. Standard service may take between 10 and 13 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 7 to 9 weeks excluding mailing times on the front and back end. Current mailing delays are significant. Requesting 1-2-day mailing service is recommended.

Regional passport agencies are offering two types of appointments: Life-of-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 3 business days.

If you need to travel due to a qualified life-or-death emergency, please call the National Passport Information Center for an appointment:

Mondays through Fridays 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. ET, call 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, call 202-647-4000.

For Urgent Travel Service, you need to call 14 days before your scheduled international travel or 28 days if you also need to secure a foreign visa.

If you need to travel urgently for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency, please call the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 Mondays through Fridays 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. ET.

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