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

What is the fastest and cheapest way to get passports renewed?

Question: We are in the Bahamas and our passports run out in August. My two sons, 9 and 7 years old, and I need to get our passports renewed when we are in Florida next week. What is the fastest and cheapest way to do this? One adult and 2 minors need to renew as cheaply and quickly as possible.

Answer: Since you will not be in Florida until August, the cheapest way would be to apply for the passports at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, if possible. This is the fastest and cheapest way to get the travel documents.

While the actual printing of the passport books takes place at the National Passport Processing Center in the United States, the process generally takes five to ten working days. It's like getting expedited service without having to pay the expedited service fee. Click the link below for more information.

U.S. Embassy in Nassau Passport Services

If you are unable to get the passports in Nassau, you can apply at the regional passport agency in Miami. You need to schedule an appointment and present evidence of travel plans when submitting the application forms.

Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed using Form DS-82. It will be necessary to apply for new passports for your children using Form DS-11. Here is a list of the fees you will have to pay in you apply at the Miami Regional Agency.

Adult Passport Renewal Fees

Application Fee - $110
Expedited Service Fee - $60
Total - $170

Fees for Passport for Minor

Application Fee - $80
Execution Fee - $35
Expedited Service Fee - $60
Total - $175 (per applicant)

The total amount you should expect to pay when you apply for the three passports at the Miami agency is $510. That's $190 more than you would pay at the embassy. This does not include the cost of passport photos.

For more information, click the links below.

Applying for a Child's Passport

Adult Passport Renewals

If you would rather not spend your time in Miami at the regional agency, you can employ the services of a registered passport expediting courier service such as Fastport Passport. This is definitely not the cheapest method but it is the fastest way to get passports without having to personally wait in lines at the processing center.

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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 72 hours. 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 72 hours (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 AM to 5PM, call ET 1-877-487-2778 (TDD/TTY:1-888-874-7793) Outside of these hours, 202-647-4000

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