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How do I get a passport in a week without visiting a regional agency?

by Beverly

Question: My sister wants to take me to Nassau, Bahamas for the Christmas Holidays but my passport has expired April 25th of this year. I do not know where the original passport is but I do have a copy of the passport with my passport number.

I took my passport photos earlier this year but did not follow through with getting my passport issued. How do I get a passport in a week without visiting a regional agency? What do I need to do to ensure I can go on this trip?

Answer: The only way to get a passport expedited within a week without visiting a regional agency is to employ the services of a professional expediting service.

Since you did not mention the exact date of your trip to The Bahamas, I cannot recommend a processing time. Expediters can obtain same day passports when needed but you must prove the need to travel within two weeks from the date of application.

Since your previously-issued passport was lost, you must apply for a new passport. This requires you to appear before an agent at an application acceptance facility. You must present the completed form and sign it in the presence of the agent.

You are also required to present evidence of U.S. citizenship, proof of identity, photocopy of ID and one passport photo (taken within last 6 months). A $25 execution fee must be paid to the agent.

The agent will place the completed application form, all supporting documents and payment to the Department of State in the amount of $170 ($110 application fee + $60 expedited service fee) in an envelope. Write the word "Expedite" on the outside of the envelope.

Take the sealed envelope and send it by express mail to the expediting service. This is how you get a passport expedited in a week without visiting a regional agency.

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