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Find out how to apply for or renew a passport and what to do if your passport is lost or stolen.

Apply for a new adult passport

You need a passport to travel to most countries outside the U.S. Learn how to apply for a passport in person, check your application status, and get it changed or corrected.

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Find out if you can renew your passport or need a new one. Learn how to renew your passport by mail or online, get it changed or corrected, or what to do if it expires soon.

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Find out how to get a child's passport, depending on their age.

Lost or stolen passports

If your passport is lost or stolen you must report it to the State Department right away. How you replace it depends on if you are inside or outside the U.S.

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Thousands of Post Offices ™ accept first-time passport applications for the U.S. Department of State. Most of those locations can also take your passport photo.

  • Renewing Passports : If you answer 'Yes' to all 5 eligibility questions in the " Renew a Passport by Mail " section, mail your renewal form directly to the State Department. If you don't meet all the renewal requirements, you'll need to go to a Post Office in person and do a new, first-time passport application.
  • First-Time Passports (and Passport Photos) : Schedule your in-person appointment online.

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Alert: --> online scheduler to make an appointment for passport services to ensure the safety of our employees and customers. The State Department has extremely limited passport services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expect significant delays of several months before receiving your new U.S. passport. Learn More

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Most people renewing a passport should mail their application directly to the State Department.

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Passports for children under 16 have special requirements. Make sure you are prepared.

Apply for a First-Time Passport

If you've never had a U.S. passport, are 16 or under, or aren't allowed to renew an existing passport by mail, you need to apply for a new passport in person at the Post Office.

Step 1: Gather Documents Early

Generally, you should apply for your new passport as soon as you know you’ll be traveling internationally—at least several months in advance. Passport processing times may vary, so be sure to check the latest State Department service estimates . First-time applicants, minors, and applicants who need a new passport but may not renew by mail may submit their passport application at the Post Office. The U.S. State Department website explains what you'll need to bring with you.

  • Application forms (unsigned)
  • Proof of identity document and a photocopy of the front and back
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship document and a photocopy of the front and back
  • Passport fees

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Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package

Visit the U.S. Department of State website to learn how to apply for a passport and what documents you need.

  • Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.
  • Print your completed application. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. A Postal employee must witness your signature.
  • Have a passport photo taken.
  • Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.
  • Post Offices accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for Post Office acceptance fees.
  • State Department fees are mailed with your application. You can pay with a personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's check, or money order, payable to "U.S. Department of State."

Get Started on Your Application

Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

Post Offices that offer passport services have set hours, and you'll need to schedule an appointment using the online Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler or a Post Office lobby self-service kiosk.

Scheduling Online

  • Go to Schedule an Appointment .
  • Choose the passport service you need, along with the number of adults and minors who need appointments.
  • You can search for appointment by location or date first. If you search by location first, you'll then be asked to choose a date and time; if you search by date first, you'll then need to choose a location and time.
  • After you choose your appointment location and time, provide your contact information, and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Click Review Appointment , then confirm your appointment.

If you need to modify or cancel your appointment, click the Manage Appointments tab and enter your confirmation number and email address or phone number.

Using a Self-Service Kiosk

  • Go to a Post Office location with lobby self-service kiosks. Find USPS Locations
  • At the self-service kiosk, touch the screen to begin, then select "Other Services," then "Passport Scheduler."
  • Choose the passport service you need, then enter the number of adults and minors who need appointments.
  • Search for Post Office locations by ZIP Code™ or City/State and choose a location.
  • Select an available appointment date and time, then agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Enter your contact information and decide if you'd like to receive SMS text notifications.
  • Review and confirm your information, then select “Schedule Appointment” to finalize.
  • Take your printed receipt listing your confirmation number and appointment details.

Step 4: Pay Passport Acceptance & Processing Fees

First-time passport applications have two types of basic fees, the application acceptance fee and the application processing fee. Passport photos and fees for faster processing are extra. Learn how to calculate fees and what you can use to pay for them.

Application Acceptance Fees – Postal Service

Pay acceptance fees in person at the Post Office. You may pay by check or money order, payable to "Postmaster," debit card, or credit card.

  • $35.00 - Post Office acceptance fee
  • $15.00 - Post Office photo fee (if needed)

Application Processing Fees – Department of State

State Department payment is sent with your application package. State Department fees are paid separately from USPS fees.

  • State Department Fees State Department passport fees vary. Calculate passport fees online .
  • Personal, certified, cashier's, or traveler's check, payable to "U.S. Department of State."
  • Money order payable to "U.S. Department of State." You can buy a money order at the Post Office with cash, a debit card, or a traveler's check. You cannot pay with a credit card.

Application Status Updates

  • Use the Online Passport Status System to check your application status if you applied by mail or in person. You may not be able to get a status update for 2 weeks after you apply or renew. During these weeks, your application and supporting documents are on their way to the Department of State. See more information about current processing times on the Department of State page " U.S. Passports ."

Renew a Passport by Mail

If you are eligible to renew your passport, please complete Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82 (see completion instructions on the form), and mail your completed renewal application directly to the State Department for processing. To verify if your passport is eligible for renewal by mail, please visit State Department Renew By Mail .

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility to Renew by Mail

A minor's passport may not be renewed by mail; to renew a minor's passport, you need to submit a new, first-time passport application in person . An adult passport may be renewed by mail if it meets certain requirements.

You can renew your adult passport by mail if you answer "Yes" to all 5 of the following statements:

Your passport:

  • Is in your possession to submit with your application.
  • Is undamaged other than normal "wear and tear."
  • Was issued when you were age 16 or older.
  • Was issued within the last 15 years.
  • Was issued in your current name or you can document your name change. (Name changes are explained on Change a Passport .)

If your passport does not meet all these requirements, do not mail your renewal application. You must prepare the same application package as a first-time passport applicant.

State Department Renew by Mail

Apply early for renewals as many countries require that passports be valid for at least 6 months after you enter their country. Learn how to properly prepare your application package and include all the necessary documents so your passport is processed on time.

  • Complete your Passport Renewal Application Form DS-82 on the State Department website.
  • Print and sign your DS-82 form.
  • Have a passport photo taken. You can schedule a passport photo-only appointment at a Post Office ™ location.
  • Calculate your passport renewal fees .
  • Collect your most recent passport, completed and signed application, renewal fees, and name change documents, if needed.
  • Use an envelope large enough to fit the application without folding it.
  • TIP : Pay for Priority Mail Express ® or Priority Mail ® service and get free envelopes that are large enough to hold your application. Order easily online: Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope or Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope .
  • Address the envelope to the location for your state. See page 2 of your DS-82 form.

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Step 3: Mail Your Renewal Application

Department of State recommends using a USPS delivery tracking service to mail your renewal application.

Choose one of the following services:

  • USPS Priority Mail ® Service with Delivery Confirmation
  • USPS Priority Mail ® Service with Signature Confirmation
  • USPS Priority Mail Express ® Service (for overnight delivery requests)

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Step 4: Follow Your Application Progress

If you use a USPS delivery tracking service, go to USPS Tracking ® to see when your package is delivered.

  • With a USPS tracking service, you can see when your application arrived using the tracking number on your receipt.

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Expedited Passport Delivery

Get a new passport faster in emergencies & special cases.

If you need your passport faster for emergency travel or another special case, you can send your passport application via Priority Mail Express ® service and pay the State Department fee for faster delivery.

Life-or-Death Emergency

If you need to travel within 72 hours (3 business days) for an immediate family member who is dead, dying, or has a life-threatening illness or injury:

  • Visit the Life-or-Death Emergencies page on travel.state.gov to learn if you are eligible.
  • The State Department processes these requests by appointment only.
  • Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (3 business days) of travel.

Urgent Travel in Less than 10 Weeks

If you are traveling in less than 10 weeks, you must call the State Department Passport Agency to schedule an appointment:

  • You can call 1-877-487-2778 (1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY) to schedule an appointment.
  • Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (3 business days) of travel, and you must provide proof of travel.

Note : An extremely limited number of appointments are available for customers who are traveling internationally in the next 72 hours (3 business days), and other restrictions apply .

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Renew Your Passport Fast

If you pay an additional $60 for expedited service and mail it with Priority Mail Express , you can get your renewed passport within 10 weeks.

  • Check your eligibility under Renew Your Passport by Mail, Step 1: Check Your Eligibility to Renew by Mail .
  • Prepare your application as listed under Renew a Passport by Mail, Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package .
  • Add these special fees, both payable to the U.S. Department of State, to your regular processing fees.
  • $60.00—Expedited application processing at the State Department
  • $19.53—1- to 2-day delivery service for faster return shipping to you from the State Department
  • Clearly mark "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope.
  • Ship your application to the State Department by Priority Mail Express. Cost varies by location.
  • Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of a child's passport. The best way to give consent is for both parents/guardians to go with the child when applying.
  • Children need evidence of citizenship.
  • Parents/guardians need proof of parental relationship.
  • NOTE: Children's passports are only valid for 5 years. They are not "renewable": When a child's passport expires, you must apply for a new passport for them. When making a passport appointment for a child, please choose "New Passport Only" or "New Passport with Photo Services."

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If your passport has been lost or stolen, you should report it immediately to the U.S. Department of State.

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How to Expedite Your Passport After Applying

Need to expedite your passport application after you’ve already sent it in? Here’s what you should do.

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How to Get a Passport Quickly

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While the Earth is home to just over 190 UN-recognized countries, each one is united through the use of one particular type of document: the passport, a pocket-sized booklet that allows holders to move beyond their own nation’s borders and explore far-reaching corners of the globe. For U.S. citizens, the document is an instrumental part of international travel plans, serving as a crucial transit tool whether they’re jetting off to New Zealand or just hopping across the border to Canada — so what happens if you need to expedite your passport after applying?

Whether you need to renew your passport or you’re finally taking the plunge into first-time passport ownership, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know to speed up the process once you’ve already submitted your passport application. 

Booking Tip

There are private courier companies that claim to provide expedited passport services for a fee, but the U.S. Department of State says that using one of these services will not get you your passport faster than applying at one of their passport agencies. 

How to Apply for a New Passport or Renew Your Current Passport 

Never applied for a passport before? There’s no need to worry — the process is relatively painless. For adult U.S. citizens applying for their first passport, the journey typically begins with the completion of a DS-11 form, a document that can be accessed through the U.S. Department of State website . Once filled out, applicants can assess their total cost using the page’s handy calculator , then fill out a check or money order (as many passport acceptance facilities won’t take cash or card).

Next, applicants must obtain proof of U.S. citizenship (options range from a birth certificate to a certificate of naturalization) as well as a photocopy of the document, a valid ID and photocopy of said ID, and a photo that adheres to U.S. Department of State passport photo requirements . Once all the above documents have been compiled, applicants can search for a passport acceptance facility through the bureau’s online portal , then schedule an appointment to submit their application. Unfortunately, first-time passport applications can’t be processed by mail, so an in-person appointment (typically at a local post office) is necessary to obtain your document.

On the other hand, those with passports nearing their expiration date (side note: most countries require visitors’ passports to be at least six months away from expiration in order to enter) or running out of stamp space can enter a much more hassle-free process for passport renewal. If eligible for renewal by mail, applicants can compile a filled-out DS-82 form, their current passport, any necessary name change documents, an acceptable photo, and a check or money order, then drop their application in the mail for processing.

Related: The Surprising Reason Why You Might Want to Get a Second Passport

Travel plans can change in an instant, and if you suddenly have an international voyage in the works and no valid passport to call your own, there may still be hope on the horizon. The U.S. Department of State works in tandem with multiple passport agencies and centers, each one designed to receive patrons who have urgent travel plans in the next 14 calendar days.

Travelers can contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment, with both Life-or-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service options available depending on the circumstances. Once contacted, the center will work with eligible callers to set up the soonest available appointment in a nearby office. Note that walk-ins are strictly forbidden, so all travelers will need to call the above number in order to properly facilitate an appointment.

Related: How to Get a New Passport as Quickly as Possible

If you’re eagerly awaiting your passport and need to make a last-minute trip, you’ll need to call the National Passport Information Center at the number given above and request a change from routine to expedited processing. Following the phone call, travelers will receive information via email about how to pay the $60 processing fee that’s required for making the change. To speed up the process even further, applicants can also pay a $19.53 fee for 1-2 day delivery of the passport once it’s been printed by the office.

Related: Here's How Long It Takes to Renew a Passport

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You booked an international flight, applied for (or renewed) your passport and have patiently waited for the blue book’s arrival. Weeks have gone by, and there’s still no sign of your passport in the mail.

With an upcoming travel date approaching faster than Usain Bolt running toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash, you might be stressing about where your passport is and whether you can get a passport quickly should you need to shift gears.

If you’re wondering “Can I get a passport in one day?” The answer could depend on where you live. So if your passport hasn’t arrived or you forgot to send it in for a renewal, here’s what you need to know about passport processing times and 24-hour passports.

What types of passport services are available?

The U.S. Department of State offers four types of passport services: routine, expedited, urgent travel and emergency. The type of service depends on whether you have proof of confirmed travel dates and when you’re traveling.

Routine and expedited processing timelines are prone to change, while urgent and emergency processing remain set. Current posted processing timelines for routine and expedited service are as follows:

Routine processing: Six to eight weeks.

Expedited processing: Two to three weeks.

Routine passport service is the slowest service available. This option is best for travelers who don’t have any international trips coming up within that time frame. To apply for a new passport or renew an existing one, you’ll need to submit your documents by mail or at an acceptance center , such as a library or post office.

Expedited passport processing still takes several weeks, according to the State Department. You’ll submit your application the same way you would for routine processing. Expect to pay a $60 fee on top of the routine passport fee for expedited service.

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Urgent travel

If you’re traveling internationally sooner than expedited processing will allow, you’ll want to select nonemergency urgent service to receive a passport in time for your trip.

If you’ve already applied for a passport and are within 14 calendar days of travel, you should call the National Passport Information Center to notify the processing agency of your upcoming travel. If you haven’t applied yet and are traveling within 14 days, you need to make an appointment to visit a passport agency in person.

If your international trip starts within five calendar days, you must schedule an appointment at a passport agency. You’ll also need to provide proof of travel. Keep in mind it can be tricky to get an appointment since time slots fill up quickly.

An emergency passport can be processed within 72 hours only if you have a qualifying life-or-death emergency. You must call a passport agency for one of these appointments and provide proof of international travel.

Qualifying life-or-death emergencies include:

An immediate family member has died.

An immediate family member is dying or in hospice care.

An immediate family member has a life-threatening injury or illness.

Immediate family members include parents, legal guardians, children, spouses, siblings or grandparents.

You must get documentation of the emergency, such as a death certificate, a statement from a mortuary or a letter from the hospital. If the documents aren’t in English, you must have them translated by a professional translator. However, they don’t need to be notarized.

» Learn more: Do you need a passport to book an international flight?

How to make an appointment at a passport agency

There are a limited number of appointments available for applicants traveling internationally within 14 days or who need to apply for a visa within 28 days.

To make an appointment at a passport center for urgent travel, you must call 1-877-487-2778 (closed on federal holidays). For life-or-death emergency travel, call 1-877-487-2778 during the week or 1-202-647-4000 outside of business hours. You’ll receive unique confirmation information that only you can use on the day of your appointment.

Note that you can’t transfer your appointment time slot to another person. If you can’t attend, you must cancel by phone or by emailing [email protected] , and your time slot will be assigned to another person.

A passport agency appointment is free of charge. If you’re asked to pay for an appointment, it’s not a legitimate appointment. Walk-ins appointments aren't available.

Bring a completed passport application, a passport photo, a valid government-issued ID such as a driver’s license, and payment for passport processing. Also, don’t forget the documentation required for one-day passport renewal, such as proof of travel and life-and-death emergency documentation.

» Learn more: What’s the passport photo dress code?

U.S. passport agency locations

If you need to rush your passport, you can make an appointment at one of the 26 U.S. passport agencies that are open to the public across the country. If the closest and most convenient location doesn’t have open time slots, check the next closest one to which you can drive.

For example, Los Angeles and San Diego are within driving distance.

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The U.S. passport centers are located in the following cities:

Aurora, Colorado.

Buffalo, New York.

El Paso, Texas.

Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Los Angeles.

Minneapolis.

New Orleans.

Philadelphia.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

San Francisco.

San Juan, Puerto Rico.

St. Albans, Vermont.

Stamford, Connecticut.

Tucson, Arizona.

Washington, DC.

For locations and operating hours, go to the passport agencies page on the State Department’s website and scroll down to the frequently asked questions.

Can you get a passport in one day?

If you’re trying to get a passport in 24 hours, know that it might not be easy. It could take longer to process your passport, even if you score one of the limited appointments at a passport agency.

Make sure to bring the exact documents required for a passport and ensure your photo follows the guidelines outlined by the State Department. Your trip is at stake, and you don’t want to mess this up.

» Learn more: Can you wear makeup in a passport photo?

As a last resort, contact your member of Congress

If you can’t get an appointment at a passport agency and all else fails, contact your U.S. representative's office. Believe it or not, they may be able to expedite the processing of your passport. However, you shouldn’t rely on this method — use it as a last resort only.

You still might not get your passport in one day, but it’s worth a try if you only have a week or two left before your trip, especially if you don’t live near a passport agency. Use a Google search to find out who represents your district and how to contact them.

How to get a passport in 24 hours

"Maybe" is the answer to “Can I get my passport in one day?”

The only way to get a same-day passport is by visiting one of the passport agencies — but only if you can get an appointment — and even that can take longer than 24 hours. The available slots are hard to come by, and you might be left behind while your travel companions jet off without you.

If you think you’ll travel in the future, we recommend applying for a passport now. And if you currently hold a passport, check its expiration date and renew well in advance to avoid having to scramble later.

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Passport in 24 Hours - When You Need Your US Passport Quickly

Need to get a passport in 24 hours or less? To get a passport that fast, you need to understand what to expect to avoid frustration and delays.

While it is possible to get a passport the next day, certain conditions must be met to make it happen.

Here are a few questions you should consider:

Do I really need my passport in 24 hours?

Waiting at least 3 business days can result in big savings when applying through a professional passport expediting service .

Most top passport couriers have tiers of service. The longer you can afford to wait, the less you will pay.

For example, most passport couriers offer the following service turnaround times:

  • Same-day service (1 business day)
  • 4-5 Business days
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  • 11-14 Business days

Fees increase depending on how quickly you need to get a passport.

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Is it possible to get my passport in one day?

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The answer depends on the type of service you need and where you are currently located.

Applying for a 24-hour passport renewal is much easier than trying to get a new passport fast . To get a new passport, applicants must go in person before an authorized agent who witnesses the signing of the application. This isn't a rule for passport renewals. Renewal applications can be sent by mail.

Your location also matters. If you are located near 1 of the 26 regional passport agencies you have a better chance of getting a passport in a hurry-especially if you plan on submitting the application yourself.

Regional agencies found in places like New York City , Boston , Washington DC , Dallas , Houston , Los Angeles , Miami , San Francisco , and Seattle provide expedited passport service for American citizens who need to get their travel document urgently.

NOTE : Travelers in emergency situations who submit evidence of travel plans may receive same-day processing.

Our Expert Advice for Getting Your Passport in 72 Hours or Less

We recommend that you make an appointment first, but when you need your passport in 24 hours, there may be no time for that.

You can try showing up at the nearest agency when the doors open, but there is no guarantee that your application form will be accepted. There is a limit to the number of applications processed at each agency. Agencies with a high volume of requests may not be able to attend to walk-in requests.

Even if you are unable to personally apply at a regional processing center (or you do not want to risk appearing without an appoirntment), it is still possible for you to get a passport in 24 hours by applying through an experienced passport expediting service .

You will need to mail your application to the expediter overnight or hand-deliver it so that they can submit it to the regional agency on your behalf. Also, you must give the courier the documents required by the Department of State Passport Service and a third party authorization letter .

You may be thinking, "How can an expediter do this?"

Each expediting service registered with the U.S. Department of State is allowed a certain number of openings each day to submit applications for expedited service. Expediters are experienced at getting a passport in 1 day. So, even if you cannot get an appointment, a courier may have an open slot.

Once the new passport is issued, the service provider can get it to your location. In some cases, couriers can even deliver your documents to you at a major airport if they have an office located in the same city.

Which 24-hour passport service should I use?

In a rush? Check out our top recommended passport expediting services you can trust when time is of the essence.

If searching for an expediter on your own, you should carefully consider which service you choose. Not all passport couriers offer 24-hour services. Of those that do, not all of them provide the same quality of service.

When you need to get a passport in 24 hours, make sure that you use a well-established company that has a proven track record for getting applications processed quickly.

If you are struggling to find a passport expediter who can guarantee same-day service, it may be a sign of higher-than-normal application volume. Sometimes there are so many people trying to get passports that even the pros have to wait. In these cases, 72 hours may be the soonest guarantee you can expect.

Remember : a reputable provider will not make promises they can't keep. If you find a passport service that is offering 24-hour turnaround time when no one else is, be sure to do your due dilligence. Your passport, travel plans, and personal information are all too important.

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Pandemic-induced back logs and staff shortages have made deciphering how to get a passport fast more difficult than before. Getting a passport within 24 hours is now virtually impossible for most people. While this was something that last-minute travelers could secure for a hefty bounty before the pandemic, these days, a little patience will be required.

Applying for a passport takes time and a good bit of paperwork: According to the State Department, current routine processing takes six to nine weeks, and for expedited processing four to six weeks—and it's all even more of a hassle if you've never had a passport before. But what happens with you have a trip to Mozambique on Friday, and no passport to show for it? There are some loopholes to actually get a passport in 24 hours, but the stars must truly align: You’ll need immediate travel plans, proof of a qualified  life-or-death emergency , or help from an elected member of Congress (to request this, contact your representative’s office directly; it’s not always a guarantee). It may still be possible for others to get an expedited passport renewal if you follow the right steps (and get lucky).

Can I get my passport in one day?

If you can score one of the extremely limited walk-in appointments at one of the 26 Regional Passport Agencies across the country, you may be able to get it on the same day with proof of an international flight that departs within 48 hours. Of course, this requires you physically being at one of these offices in person at the right time, which may not be convenient for everyone.

These appointments are only available to those with emergency needs and traveling internationally within two weeks or those who need to obtain a foreign visa within four weeks. You can only call for an appointment once that window of time opens.

How do you get an expedited passport renewal appointment?

There are more than two dozen agencies with potential appointments, but there is no guarantee you’ll find an open time slot within two weeks of your departure date. Be willing to travel far to find an appointment. It can be helpful to review the list of available agencies closest to you, so you know which ones to ask for first.

To try for an appointment, call the passport office number 1-877-487-2778 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, Mondays through Fridays. For the most luck, be prepared to call several days in a row and be patient. A good tip is to begin the call around 7:55 a.m. so that you are through all of the prompts to get through to an agent right at the opening time. Otherwise, prepare for a busy signal.

“There is currently no easy way to get a passport in 24 hours, unless you are willing to travel to one of the 26 Regional Passport Agencies across the country and spend the full day, and that’s if you can even get an appointment,” says Charlie Cobb, COO of Expedited Travel, which operates services like RushMyPassport and FedEx Office passport services.

Even the government’s recently lauded online renewal program has encountered a bundle of well-publicized hiccups that has made the process just as cumbersome as before.

How to get a passport faster

Still wondering how to get a passport fast ? For now, Cobb says to expect about a one-week processing time if paying for the fastest path ($799) using an expeditor company. For a fee, users fill out and ship paperwork and requisite documentation to a registered third party like RushMyPassport, which is allowed to submit expedited passport applications on behalf of customers. The company then hand delivers the information to a state agency and returns a passport to the customer within an expedited period of time—think of it as a butler service, but for your passport.

For now, however, the fastest period of time using such a service appears to be about a week. Still available, and possibly one of the easiest options is to step into one of 2,000 FedEx locations across the country. FedEx has teamed up with RushMyPassport to offer a speedy new passport or a renewal in a shorter window of time. Travelers have the option to fill out paperwork ahead of time online and access to assistance from passport experts who can answer questions that pop up along the way. You'll also be able to take the standard-size passport photos necessary to renew or sign up for a new passport at FedEx. But this service will cost you. While the 24-hour option is currently paused, Cobb hopes it will return soon. Of course, there is a fee from FedEx and RushMyPassport for the service ($799 for the one-week turnaround, or cheaper fees for longer processing times). On top of that, you must pay one-day shipping costs and the expedited government fee of $190 for adults.

An expeditor can also explain how to get a new passport fast since that requires slightly different requirements, forms, and its own execution fee. They can help explain where the nearest passport acceptance facility is, what documents you need such as a birth certificate and specific application form, the processing times, and whether you need a passport card along with your expedited passport.

It's worth noting that courier companies do not operate as part of the U.S. Department of State. Have a question about a passport expeditor you're considering? Contact the Better Business Bureau and local/regional/state Chambers of Commerce, which may be helpful resources.

“The passport process can be stressful enough, and it's often worse when you need your passport fast,” says Cobb. “We can help prevent common mistakes that will cause your application to be delayed or rejected—we are your advocate to help make sure you have your passport on time for your trip.”

This story has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Contributing reporting from Katherine LaGrave.

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Need a passport in a hurry? It’ll soon be easier if you live in one of these US cities.

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  • The State Department will open six new passport agencies to assist those with “urgent travel needs.”
  • The new agencies will bring the total number to 35.
  • The State Department did not share addresses or opening dates for the new facilities.

Travelers in a rush to get a passport will soon have more options.

The State Department will open six new passport agencies to assist those with “urgent travel needs,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Tuesday. The new facilities will be in these cities:

  • Salt Lake City
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • San Antonio, Texas

Passport agencies and centers serve “customers by appointment only who have urgent travel to a foreign country in the next 14 calendar days, or need a foreign visa in the next 28 calendar days,” according to the State Department’s website . The new agencies will bring the total number to 35.

“While we undertake steps to establish these new agencies, we are issuing more passports than ever before while maintaining our passport processing times at our pre-pandemic levels,” Blinken said in a news release . “We thank Congress for its partnership and support, and we look forward to working with our congressional partners and other stakeholders to open these new facilities.”

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The State Department did not share addresses or opening dates for the new facilities. “We are in the initial stages of planning for these additional facilities and will provide updates in the future about specific locations and timelines for these new agencies,” a spokesperson told USA TODAY in an emailed statement.

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Travelers can find a map of passport agencies and centers online. There are also more than 7,000 acceptance facilities – such as post offices – where those who don’t need urgent service can apply.

The news comes after the State Department opened a trial for online passport renewal earlier this month.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

The Key Points at the top of this article were created with the assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and reviewed by a journalist before publication. No other parts of the article were generated using AI. Learn more .

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Losing your passport, having it stolen, or realizing it has expired just before a trip can be a stressful experience. The State Department says it takes six to eight weeks for a standard passport application to be fulfilled in normal circumstances. However, due to a pandemic-related backlog , the current wait time for a passport is expected to be between 8 to 11 weeks . Even expedited passports are currently taking five to seven weeks to process.

Fortunately, there are ways to obtain a same-day or emergency passport that can help you get back on track and on your way. It won’t be easy, but it is possible. Provided you meet the criteria.

Here’s what you need to know about getting a passport in under 24 hours.

Can I get a passport in one day?

The short answer is, yes, you can get a passport in one day. But it will take time, patience, and immediate travel plans.

If it’s a life or death situation, apply for an emergency passport

To qualify for an emergency passport, you’ll need a genuinely life-or-death emergency that requires you to travel internationally. Per the Department of State , that includes having an immediate family member (defined as a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, or grandparent) who has died, is dying, or has a life-threatening illness or injury. And you’ll need to prove it with a death certificate, a statement from a mortuary, a letter from a hospital, or similar documentation. That document also needs to be in English (or at least it needs to be translated into English).

You’ll then need to go to one of the 26 Regional Passport Agencies scattered throughout the country, which may not be convenient for most people. Those passport agencies are all located in major cities, such as Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia. It’s a good idea to call the Department of State helpline (1-877-487-2778) to make sure you qualify before traveling. Sometimes, the agent on the helpline can schedule an appointment for you, though if not, all of the agencies offer walk-in appointments. Keep in mind the number of walk-in appointments is limited and varies by location. If you’re able to get an appointment, you’ll also need to have a completed passport application, proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate or a previously issued U.S. passport), a valid government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license), a passport photo , and proof of immediate international travel plans.

If you don’t have a life-or-death emergency, use Urgent Travel service

If you don’t have a life-or-death emergency, there’s still a way to get a passport in one day. If you’ve already applied for a passport, but it hasn’t arrived in the mail, and your international travel is scheduled within five calendar days, you can use the Urgent Travel service . While it’s not technically an emergency passport, it is generally processed the same day. For this, you’ll need to make an appointment with a passport agency by calling 1-877-487-2778. This service is also available for those without a passport (and who aren’t currently waiting on an application to be processed) and have international travel planned within 14 days.

Last ditch effort: ask your elected member of congress to help

Another option is getting your elected member of Congress to help—some representatives, like Dianne Feinstein and Mike Crapo , share this shortcut on their websites, though success may vary.

How to speed up a passport application

If you have a few weeks and would prefer to put the task into professional hands, you might also consider using an expedited passport service.

Third-party expediter services, such as ItsEasy Passport & Visa Service or RushMyPassport , can assist with rushing your passport application. In a matter of days, they can submit your paperwork on your behalf, pick up your passport, and get it back to you when it’s ready. They charge an additional fee (on top of the standard passport application fee and expedited passport service fee). Still, they can often help navigate the ins and outs of the expediting process.

The fastest turnaround time RushMyPassport.com offers is one week for $799 or a two-week option for $599. ItsEasy Passport & Visa charges $45 for its four-week passport processing service and $895 for one-day service. “One- to three-day passport service requires urgent travel. Please contact us for details,” the agency advises.

However, keep in mind that these services have limited availability because expeditors also rely on the same small clutch of appointments being available.

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How to renew your passport in less than two weeks.

B y the first couple of months of 2023, my now-wife and I had finished planning for our upcoming summer wedding in Italy. Yet in the midst of all of that planning I had overlooked one major component: My well-worn passport was nearing its expiration date. I wouldn’t have the required six months before expiration for entry into the country, and I was also supposed to be traveling far sooner than the expected renewal processing time that was still catching up from pandemic-related delays.

It turned out that adding an earlier last-minute international trip was the best solution.

Passports for United States citizens are good for 10 years. Regular international travel toward the back half of those 10 years meant I never really a chance to wait on the ambiguous standard or expedited renewal processing times because the next trip was always around the corner. Passport renewal horror stories about how long even expedited service can take had me (and possibly to an even larger extent, my wife) worried for our Italy trip, to say the least. Then, after opening a new browser tab for every expedited passport application service I could find, I came across the Department of State’s urgent travel renewal option .

The urgent travel service is designed for people with booked international travel in the next two weeks. It requires proof of international travel (like a flight ticket and receipt) in that time window, a little extra paperwork, and an appointment at one of the 26 passport agencies across the country. Living in Denver, I luckily had a passport agency just a few miles from my home.

Here’s how it works:

  • Make an appointment at your nearest passport agency with the online passport appointment system (there is no walk-in option)
  • To qualify, you must have proof of travel within 14 calendar days of your appointment
  • Print and fill out the standard passport renewal documents to bring to your appointment (as well as your previous passport), proof of travel, and a short list of extra documents sent over email
  • Explain your travel and passport needs to the agent at your allotted appointment
  • The agent assigns a pick-up date based on need
  • Wait for the confirmation email that your new passport is ready for pick-up a few business days later

I wasn’t prepared to test out the urgent renewal process for our Italy trip with a wedding on the line, so I booked a cheap flight to Mexico for a weekend a month out and started looking for an available passport agency appointment time in the 14-day window. The appointments book up fast and the office is only open for a limited number of hours, so some scheduling flexibility is needed.

After a lot of waiting in line past my appointment time and a quick interview with the agent, I was sent home with the promise that I’d have a pick-up time confirmation within five business days. The confirmation came via email even faster than expected. I had my new passport in hand a few weeks after booking my flight and a few days before I was scheduled to head to Mexico.

There are some notable caveats for anyone in need of a passport fast. The biggest is the location of passport agencies. Most are in major cities on the coasts and borders with Canada and Mexico. Denver and Hot Springs, Arkansas, are an exception. If you don’t already live in one of those cities, it would require spending at least a week in a city that has one. Booking an entire extra trip for a passport is pricey even for affordable destinations, but at least it’s an excuse to use more vacation days, which Americans desperately need to do (people with a higher uncertainty tolerance could skip that step and only plan around their main trip, though). Appointment times are also only available in the middle of the work day, and there’s no guarantee an appointment with be available at a time that’s convenient to you.

The benefits, however, outweigh the costs if you’re in need of a passport fast. There are no extra fees for the appointments, unlike the private passport expediting companies that can charge hundreds of dollars for basic services. Speaking directly with someone in person also gives a whole lot more peace of mind than mailing important documents and hoping for the best.

All in all, it’s better to be prepared far ahead of time. The nightmare days of passport renewals that take months to complete that followed the height of the pandemic are mostly over. The State Department is trialing online passport renewals , and a series of passport fairs offer faster service.

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Passports can now be renewed online. Here's how to apply.

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June 13, 2024 / 11:24 AM EDT / CBS News

U.S. travelers can now renew their passport online under a pilot program the U.S. Department of State launched on Thursday. 

The State Department's new online system will allow U.S. passport holders to start a renewal application for a short window of time every day, closing once the system has reached a designated number of new applications, officials said in a statement . The agency is preparing a full launch of the renewal system at some point after testing, but didn't provide an exact date. 

If successful, an online renewal system could shorten the sometimes monthslong process travelers experience when trying to update their passport. 

"During the next several months, we plan to continue to limit the number of applications accepted each day so we can monitor the system's performance in real time," the department said. "If you are unable to start your application, try again on another day."

Processing passports has become a growing problem for the State Department ever since COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted, with the agency bombarded with an overwhelming number of applications  each week. The passport application backlog grew so heavy last year that federal lawmakers from California, Colorado and Oklahoma introduced separate proposals to the Senate to speed up the application process. 

Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma  proposed legislation  that would improve the online tracking of passport applications and allow the State Department to hire more staff. Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu of California introduced the  PASSPORT Act  to streamline the passport application and renewal process.

The number of Americans holding valid U.S. passports has grown at roughly 10% faster than the population over the past three decades, said Jay Zagorsky, an economist at Boston University. Just 5% of Americans had a passport in 1990, according to the State Department. That number grew to 48% in December.

The State Department issued a record setting 24 million passports in 2023. Wait times for passport applications and renewals  returned to their normal 6-8 week time frame in December , the State Department  said . 

Renewing your passport online involves a six-step process:

  • Create a free MyTravelGov online account. 
  • After the account is created, log in and start a renewal application by clicking on the "Renew Your Passport" button.
  • On the form that appears, fill in all the boxes with the information currently printed on your passport.
  • Enter your plans to travel internationally if your departure is within the next eight weeks.
  • Upload a jpeg photo of yourself. No selfies. 
  • Pay the passport renewal fee and digitally sign the application.

Visit the State Department's online renewal website for more details. 

Khristopher J. Brooks is a reporter for CBS MoneyWatch. He previously worked as a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald, Newsday and the Florida Times-Union. His reporting primarily focuses on the U.S. housing market, the business of sports and bankruptcy.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s an easier way to renew your passport — online.

The State Department has opened a trial run allowing a limited number of people to apply for their updated travel documents with a few clicks. You can’t just start anytime — windows will open at midday Eastern time each day and then close once the system has reached its daily limit.

The department says it’s taking it slow so it can monitor how the system is working. There are also a series of requirements to meet to be able to apply online, including:

— You’re 25 or older.

— You’re renewing a passport issued between 2009 and 2015.

— You aren’t changing any personal information.

— You won’t travel overseas for at least eight weeks after you apply.

There are plenty of other criteria on the State Department’s travel website , where you have to create an account to renew online. Expedited service still has to be done by mail.

It comes after travelers faced massive wait times to renew their documents amid a backlog blamed on lingering pandemic effects like staffing shortages and a pause in online processing last year that flooded the agency with applications.

Current processing time for a routine passport renewal is six to eight weeks.

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Want to Renew Your Passport Online? Make Sure You Do It at This Time

I f you're planning a summer getaway, you might have to  renew your passport  soon. One of the most convenient ways to do it is through the US State Department's online passport renewal process -- but you'll need to apply at the exact right time.

There are a limited number of slots for you to renew online each day. The window for passport renewal applications opens each day at 1 p.m. ET and closes when it reaches an unspecified number. For instance, on Friday, June 14, we found that the window closed at 1:01 p.m. ET. That's less than a measly than two minutes after it opened. These slots fill up fast, so make sure you have everything you need ready to go and jump in to not miss out. 

MyTravelGov  -- the website for the US State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs -- first introduced online passport renewals back in 2022, and had multiple open windows for the pilot program before it shut down in March last year. For this beta release, a certain number of applicants can apply each day during a "limited midday eastern time window."

Learn everything you need to know about the new online US passport renewals, including who is eligible and how you can apply. For more travel tips, check out  how to plan your travel with AI ,  how to perfectly pack your carry-on luggage and how to avoid airline baggage fees .

How does the new US online passport renewal system work?

Most US citizens currently renew their passports  by printing and filling out form DS-82 , then mailing that form with a new passport photo and a renewal fee in the form of a check or money order. The online passport renewal system instead uses a website form and a payment system that allows credit cards, debit cards or online ACH transfers. 

Renewing your passport online doesn't mean that you'll receive it any sooner than usual, though. The State Department is sticking to its " routine service " for passport renewals, whether they're online or by mail. That means you'll receive your new passport in six to eight weeks, no matter how you apply. If you need your passport sooner than that, you'll need to apply by mail and pay $60 more for expedited service .

Who is eligible to renew their US passport online?

The most important qualifying factors for renewing your passport online are:

  • You are at least 25 years old.
  • You live in the US (state or territory).
  • Your current passport is or was valid for 10 years.
  • Your current passport must be at least 9 years old and have been issued within the last 15 years (2009-2015).
  • You still have your existing passport, and it's not mutilated or damaged.

Along with the main eligibility requirements, the State Department provides a list of further restrictions for online renewal:

  • You can only renew regular passports online, not "special issuance" passports (like diplomatic, official or service passports).
  • You cannot change your name, gender, place of birth or date of birth from your previous passport.
  • You must be able to pay for online renewal using a credit card, a debit card or ACH transfer.
  • You must be able to upload a new passport photo.
  • You cannot travel internationally for eight weeks after submitting your online renewal application.

That last restriction is important because your existing passport, if still valid, will be immediately canceled as soon as your online renewal application is accepted.

If you don't meet the eligibility requirements for renewing your passport online, you'll need to renew by mail or in person at a passport agency .

If I'm eligible, how do I renew my US passport online?

Right now, MyTravelGov is accepting a certain number of online passport renewals each day (including weekends) around midday ET. Several news publications, however, including the Thrifty Traveler , are reporting the window will open each day right at 1 p.m. ET.

Before you can apply for an online passport renewal, you'll need to create a MyTravelGov account, if you don't already have one. Visit the MyTravelGov website , click on the blue Sign In  button in the top-right corner, then click Create an account . This will begin the process of creating an account with login.gov , the US federal government's authentication system.

You'll then need to enter an email address and your choice of language -- login.gov is available in English, Spanish and French. After submitting your email address, you'll need to verify it by clicking on a link in an email message from login.gov, after which you'll choose a password and preferred form of multifactor authentication.

You'll then need to provide personal information for the account, at minimum your first and last name. Once you're finished, you should be able to access the online passport renewal page . Hit the blue Start button at the bottom of the page to begin the application.

If the online passport renewal application window is not open, you'll receive a message that you'll need to return and try again tomorrow. If you're lucky enough to begin the application, you'll need the following items:

  • Your existing US passport.
  • A digital passport photo.
  • Credit card, debit card or your bank's routing and account numbers for ACH transfer.

In the first part of the application, you'll enter information about your current passport, your legal name and whether you want a passport book, passport card or both. Next you'll update your digital passport photo , and then finally your payment information.

MyTravelGov will send you two email verifications after you submit your renewal application -- the first will confirm your pending payment; the second will confirm that the payment has been received. One week after you apply, you can sign up for email updates about your passport using the State Department's online passport status system . You should expect to receive your new passport in the mail within six to eight weeks.

What about renewing US passport cards online?

Passport cards are objects that look much like US driver's licenses and can be kept in your wallet. They allow for travel from the US by land or sea to Canada, Mexico or Caribbean countries. They are not valid for any international travel by air.

You can renew both passport books and cards online. Basically, you can renew whichever US passport document that you currently hold. If you have an old passport book and passport card, you can renew both at the same time. If you have one or the other, you can only renew that specific document.

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Passport office coming to Central Florida. Will be second one in the state

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Soon Brevard residents won’t have to travel hours if they’re hoping to get a passport quickly.

Orlando is one of six cities nationally that will get a new passport office, government officials announced this week. The Orlando office will be the second one in the state of Florida. The first, and currently only one, is in Miami.

The addition is an effort to meet the growing demand of Americans seeking passports , which are needed to travel internationally.

According to the Department of State, more than 24 million passport books and cards, the most ever, were issued in fiscal year 2023. The number of Americans with passports today is 48% - a huge increase from 1990 when it was just 5%.

Offices like the one in Miami and the eventual one in Orlando are for travelers with “urgent needs” who are traveling internationally within 14 days. Appointments must be made to be seen at one of these offices.

Where will the Orlando passport office be?

Details on where the office will be in Orlando have not been released just yet.

However, wherever it ends up in Orange County, it’s a much closer drive than Miami. The next closest office is in Atlanta.

When the six new offices open, that will bring the number of passport agencies nationwide to 35. These 35 offices are used for urgent travel needs, such as needing to travel out of the country on short notice.

When will the Orlando passport office open?

That also has not been announced.

What other cities are getting passport offices?

  • Salt Lake City
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Charlotte, NC
  • San Antonio

Do citizens have to go to Orlando, or one of the other passport offices, to apply for a passport?

No. You can do that at one of the 7,400 public passport acceptance facilities throughout the country.

“More than 99% of Americans already live within 25 miles of an acceptance facility,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an email release.

In Brevard there are 10 of these facilities.  

  • City Clerk’s office, 65 Stone Street, Cocoa
  • USPS Cocoa Post Office, 2000 State Road 524, Cocoa
  • Brevard County Clerk of Court – Melbourne Branch Courthouse, 51 S. Nieman Ave., Melbourne
  • USPS Melbourne Main Post Office, 640 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne
  • Brevard County Clerk of Court – Merritt Island Office, 2575 N. Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island
  • City of Palm Bay, 120 Malabar Road, Palm Bay
  • Brevard County Clerk of Court – Palm Bay Office, 450 Cogan Dr. S.E., Palm Bay
  • Brevard County Clerk of Court – Parkway Complex, 700 S. Park Ave., Titusville
  • Brevard County Clerk of Courts – Full Service County, 400 S. St., Titusville
  • Brevard County Clerk of Court – Moore Justice Center, 2823 Judge Fran Jamison Way, Viera

Current wait times for passports are four to six weeks for routine applications and two to three weeks for expedited applications.

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  1. How to Get my U.S. Passport Fast

    Choose this service if you are traveling in less than 2-3 weeks. If you have not applied, make an appointment online. Your appointment at a passport agency or center must within 14 calendar days of your international travel date. If you have already applied, call us at 1-877-487-2778 . We cannot guarantee an appointment will be available.

  2. Contact U.S. Passports

    Our primary number is 1-877-487-2778. Se habla español. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call 1-888-874-7793 for TDD/TTY teletype services. Contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate if you are applying outside the United States. Email us only if you need to cancel an appointment at a passport agency or center. Do not email us if you are ...

  3. Make an Appointment at a Passport Agency or Center

    Our passport agencies and centers:. Process all applications we receive from acceptance facilities and by mail, and; Serve customers by appointment only who have urgent travel to a foreign country in the next 14 calendar days, or need a foreign visa in the next 28 calendar days; The U.S. Department of State runs each passport agency and center.

  4. How to Get A Last-Minute Passport: Urgent Travel & Same-Day Passport

    The agencies will only make you an emergency appointment if you call within 14 days (or 21 days, if you need a visa to enter the country you're visiting) of travel. If your trip is 15 days away, you may not be able to make an appointment. The phone number for the U.S. Passport Agency is 1-877-487-2778.

  5. How to Get an Emergency Passport Renewal in 72-Hours or Less

    The process remains the same as getting an emergency passport renewal for urgent travel, with the exception being how you make the appointment. On Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET), call 1-877-487-2778. If you have a life-or-death emergency after 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Mondays through Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal ...

  6. Emergency Passport

    In order to get the passport expedited quickly, most processing centers also require evidence of imminent travel. The phone number to call is 1-877-487-2778. It can sometimes take several attempts to get through. Applicants should arrive a few minutes early with their passport application, supporting documents and appointment verification.

  7. U.S. passports

    Lost or stolen passports. If your passport is lost or stolen you must report it to the State Department right away. How you replace it depends on if you are inside or outside the U.S. Find out how to apply for or renew a passport for an adult or a minor under 18. Know what to do if a passport is lost or stolen.

  8. Passport Application & Passport Renewal

    Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (3 business days) of travel. Urgent Travel in Less than 10 Weeks. If you are traveling in less than 10 weeks, you must call the State Department Passport Agency to schedule an appointment: You can call 1-877-487-2778 (1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY) to schedule an appointment.

  9. How to Expedite Your Passport After Applying

    Travelers can contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment, with both Life-or-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service options available ...

  10. How to Get a Passport in One Day

    To make an appointment at a passport center for urgent travel, you must call 1-877-487-2778 (closed on federal holidays). For life-or-death emergency travel, call 1-877-487-2778 during the week or ...

  11. Get a Passport in 24 Hours with Expedited Service

    NOTE: Travelers in emergency situations who submit evidence of travel plans may receive same-day processing. Our Expert Advice for Getting Your Passport in 72 Hours or Less. We recommend that you make an appointment first, but when you need your passport in 24 hours, there may be no time for that.

  12. How to Get a Passport Fast—Even in 24 Hours

    Be willing to travel far to find an appointment. It can be helpful to review the list of available agencies closest to you, so you know which ones to ask for first. To try for an appointment, call ...

  13. New passport agencies are coming to these six US cities

    The State Department will open six new passport agencies to assist those with "urgent travel needs." The new agencies will bring the total number to 35.

  14. How to Get a Same Day or Emergency Passport

    The fastest turnaround time RushMyPassport.com offers is one week for $799 or a two-week option for $599. ItsEasy Passport & Visa charges $45 for its four-week passport processing service and $895 for one-day service. "One- to three-day passport service requires urgent travel. Please contact us for details," the agency advises.

  15. I Made Appt At Passport Agency Over Phone Today With A 4 Min ...

    You will be able to make an appointment that is within 72 hours of your travel day. Call the National Passport Info Center at 1-877-487-2778 at exactly 7:59am Eastern time so that you are one of the first to have access to the new open appointments for that day. When you hear the automated voice PRESS 1 for English.

  16. How to Renew Your Passport in Less Than Two Weeks

    The urgent travel service is designed for people with booked international travel in the next two weeks. It requires proof of international travel (like a flight ticket and receipt) in that time window, a little extra paperwork, and an appointment at one of the 26 passport agencies across the country. Living in Denver, I luckily had a passport ...

  17. Getting A Passport In A Hurry Is About To Become Easier

    Think of them as the emergency fast track, providing same-day services to those with "urgent travel to a foreign country in the next 14 calendar days, or need a foreign visa in the next 28 ...

  18. My experience with urgent travel renewal : r/Passports

    The next morning at 7AM PST I called the number for booking appointments for in-person urgent travel service passport renewals. The person on the phone asked me for my date of travel; after I told them, they said it was still more than two weeks away, so they couldn't schedule anything or even tell me what the availabilities looked like.

  19. Expanding Passport Agencies Across the United States

    The six additional facilities will expand our passport network to 35 passport agencies and centers and over 7,400 public passport acceptance facilities nationwide. As our existing network of agencies do every day, these new passport agencies will provide service to travelers with urgent travel needs. Travelers who do not require urgent passport ...

  20. Get a Passport if you Have a Life-or-Death Emergency

    Complete a passport application, get a passport photo, and valid government-issued photo ID. ... Do not call this number between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays, or if you need Urgent Travel Service. Last Updated: April 17, 2024

  21. Orlando getting urgent-traveler passport agency, 2nd in Florida ...

    July 27, Fort Lauderdale: Broward County Clerk of Court, 201 SE 6th Street, Room #1160), from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Appointment required, call 954-831-2343. This article originally appeared on The ...

  22. Passports can now be renewed online. Here's how to apply

    Tips and tricks for summer travel season 03:33. U.S. travelers can now renew their passport online under a pilot program the U.S. Department of State launched on Thursday.. The State Department's ...

  23. Advice for Urgent Passport Renewal thru SF Agency : r/sanfrancisco

    You need evidence of international travel in the next 14 days, such as a flight confirmation number. The National number is 877-487-2778. I called over 50 x before they were able to book an urgent appointment. Went to Tucson AZ and received my passport the same day.

  24. Passport Renewal Agencies Opening in New Locations in US

    Here are the locations of the six new agencies. Salt Lake City, Utah. Kansas City, Missouri. Orlando, Florida. Charlotte, North Carolina. San Antonio, Texas. Cincinnati, Ohio. "The six ...

  25. Renew your US passports online

    Updated 4:16 PM PDT, June 13, 2024. WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an easier way to renew your passport — online. The State Department has opened a trial run allowing a limited number of people to apply for their updated travel documents with a few clicks. You can't just start anytime — windows will open at midday Eastern time each day and ...

  26. State Department begins beta testing online passport renewal program

    The program will accept a small number of online applications each day for several months to track and address any issues, the department spokesperson said. ... Expedited or urgent travel passport ...

  27. Want to Renew Your Passport Online? Make Sure You Do It at This Time

    There are a limited number of slots for you to renew online each day. The window for passport renewal applications opens each day at 1 p.m. ET and closes when it reaches an unspecified number. For ...

  28. Central Florida is getting a passport office. We'll tell you where

    When the six new offices open, that will bring the number of passport agencies nationwide to 35. These 35 offices are used for urgent travel needs, such as needing to travel out of the country on ...

  29. U.S. Travelers Can Now Renew Their Passports Online

    The State Department previously tested online passport renewals in 2022 and 2023. Photo: iStock. Travelers who want to renew their passports online can do so starting Wednesday. Eligible travelers ...

  30. U.S. Passports

    Routine: 6-8 weeks* Expedited: 2-3 weeks and an extra $60* *Consider the total time it will take to get a passport when you are booking travel. Processing times only include the time your application is at a passport agency or center.. It may take up to 2 weeks for applications to arrive at a passport agency or center. It may take up to 2 weeks for you to receive a completed passport after we ...