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How fast can I renew an expired passport?

by Linda
( MA)

Question: My daughter's passport was issued when she was 13 years old. She is now 18 years old and her passport has already expired. We are traveling on April 16th. How can I get her passport renewed by that date?


Answer: To get a passport in less than two weeks, you have two options. One, you can submit the application at a regional passport agency or you can authorize a professional passport expediter to submit it for you.

Since you live in Massachusetts, your daughter can submit her application at the Boston Passport Agency. She needs to set up an appointment first by calling 1-877-487-2778. For a list of all the required documentation, click the link below.

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If your daughter does not have the time to schedule the appointment and appear herself, she can get an expediter to do it for her. Note, she must still appear at a nearby acceptance facility in order to take an oath and sign the application in the presence of an agent. She will then take the sealed package and mail it by express mail to the expediting service. To apply for this service, click the link below.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Mailing delays 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 8 and 11 weeks. This timeframe does not include delivery time. Mailing times vary across the country.

Expedited service takes from 5 to 7 weeks exluding mailing times on the front and back end. Mailing delays may be significant so requesting 1-2-day mailing may greatly help.

Regional passport agencies are offering extremely limited in-person services if you need to travel internationally in the next 5 business days. Those with qualified life-or-death emergencies are prioritized.

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 5 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 AM to 5PM, call ET 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, 202-647-4000

You can schedule your appointment up to 2 weeks before your international travel but the date of your appointment must be within 5 business days of your international travel. If you need a foreign visa, the date of your appointment must be within 10 business days of your international travel.

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