WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 2, 2013) — The U.S. Department of State offers expedited passport services to U.S. citizens throughout the year.
This winter we remind citizens planning international travel of their expedited service options, including families going on vacations for the holidays and students participating in study abroad programs. While we urge U.S. citizens to apply as early as possible for their passport needs, the Department offers convenient options for those who need their travel documents sooner than our standard 4 to 6 week processing time.
Expedited passport applications may be submitted at one of more than 7,800 acceptance facilities around the country including clerks of courts and U.S. Post Offices. First time passports, passport renewals, additional visa pages, and data corrections all qualify for expedited service. Applicants must pay an additional $60 expedite fee and allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.
Applicants with immediate/emergency travel plans may apply directly at one of the Department’s 25 passport agencies and centers across the country. Depending on the agency, proof of travel occurring within 14 days may be required. Please refer to our website for agency-specific information regarding what is required for an appointment. Applicants must call the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment at a passport agency.
Passport expeditor/courier services are private, third-party companies, some of which are registered at our passport agencies and allowed to submit expedited passport applications on behalf of their customers. These companies are not government contractors and do not operate as a part of the U.S. Department of State. Passport expeditor/courier companies charge additional fees for their services. Customers utilizing these companies do not receive their passport any faster than those who come directly to the U.S. Department of State and apply at one of our 25 passport agencies located across the United States.
We encourage individuals needing information on passports to first visit the Department’s official website at http://travel.state.gov. The website contains information about what is needed to apply for a passport, online applications, fees, and processing times. This information can also be obtained by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 1-888-874-7793.