Because they last a long time, it’s easy to forget that your passport is about to be invalid. Whether you have an unexpected international trip come up or you meticulously planned an international journey without paying attention to the most important details, sometimes you need a passport—fast.
If you need to get a passport in a hurry, the U.S. State Department can expedite your passport approval process.
A general expedited passport can currently make its way to your doorstep in two to three weeks. If you go to a passport agency in person, you can bring that down to a week or even a few days. You can check out the current processing times here.
Here are the state department’s general rules for an expedited passport:
Expedite a renewal by mail
Form DS-82 must be mailed in. You cannot apply with Form DS-82 (Renew a Passport by Mail) at an acceptance facility. To find out if you are eligible to use Form DS-82, see Renew a Passport.
- Fill out your application and collect your documents. Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee. See Passport Fees for more information. Clearly mark “EXPEDITE” on the outside of the envelope. The expedite fee does not include 1-2 Day Delivery. For optional faster shipping of your application, see 1-2 Day Delivery Service shipping below.
1-2 Day Delivery service (optional)
If you’re really in a hurry, you may opt to pay for a 1-2 Day Delivery service for your application. If you are only applying for a passport card, they will send it to you via First Class Mail. (They do not use 1-2 Day Delivery services for passport cards.)
You have the choice of one or both of the following shipment options:
- Delivery to the passport facility: Purchase 1-2 Day Delivery service at a post office or other passport acceptance facility for faster shipping of your application to the passport agency. The price for 1-2 Day Delivery service varies depending on the area of the country.
- Return to you: Include the $15.89 1-2 Day Delivery service fee with your passport fee in your check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State for faster return shipping.
If you need that passport in a few days then you need to head to a passport agency. The process is also a tiny bit different.
Expedite at a passport agency or center
You can Make an appointment online at a passport agency or center. You can also call 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY) and go through the process in English or Spanish. Once you have an appointment, fill out your application and collect your documents, including proof of international travel. For more information, see How to Apply.
Expedite at an acceptance facility
If you’d prefer to expedite the process at an acceptance facility, you must use Form DS-11. You cannot apply with Form DS-82 (Renew a Passport by Mail) at an acceptance facility.
Next, fill out your application and collect your documents. See How to Apply to find the right form for you. Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee. You can also see Passport Fees for more information. Find the acceptance facility nearest you to turn in your application and fees. Contact the facility before arriving to determine if an appointment is required.
There have been times where getting a new passport took quite a while, but luckily things are moving pretty fast now.