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What to do if I still don't have my passport and I travel in 7 days

Question: I sent in all of my information for a standard renewal in Oregon, have 5 weeks until I travel, and forgot to write 'expedite' on the envelope. As such it is not being routed through "expedited."

I am concerned that I won't get it in time for travel. What can I do at this point? What happens if it gets to 1 week out and I still don't have it? Can I go to the agency in Seattle and get one the same day?


Application: Passport applications are only expedited if you request the service and pay the additional $60 fee.

Your passport still may arrive in time for your trip. You can click the link below to check the status of your application.

Check Passport Application Status

If your passport application has been processed, then you can visit the Seattle Passport Agency and explain the situation to them. The State Department requests that applicants make an appointment by calling 1-877-487-2778.

If you are unable to connect to the automated appointment system or there is no open date before your departure, then you might try appearing at the agency without an appointment. Since you will not have an appointment confirmation number, you need to present your Social Security card. For more information, click the link below.

Seattle Passport Agency

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Passport still in Processing Status
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Question: I applied for passport renewal 16 days ago and requested expedited. Still hasn't been received. I just keep being told it's processing. No one returns my calls and I leave in 2 days. Is there anything I can do?

Answer: If the status is already processing, the application has already been received. Expedited service takes 2 to 3 weeks to complete so it is still well within the processing time that you paid for.

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