24 Hour Passport Service
The routine service processing time for a U.S. Passport from the U.S. Department of State ranges from approximately 4-6 weeks from the initial application time until receipt. The expedited service requires paid overnight service both ways and takes about 2-3 weeks from start to finish. If you need a passport in order to travel immediately there are options that will enable you to receive your passport in as little as 24 hours.
24 Hours Passport with Passport Agency
Regional passport agencies use an automated appointment service which allows travelers to make an appointment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone.
Expedited 24-hour passport services at regional agencies always requires an appointment. These agencies are closed on Federal Holidays. Expedited applications must be made in person and in most cases a hard copy itinerary showing travel dates is required. The Expedite Fee for each application at the passport agency or center is $60.
Some of the locations do provide extremely fast turn-a-round on passport processing. For instance, the Detroit, Michigan agency offers will call service in the case of life/death emergencies and immediate travel abroad. This service accommodates travelers who need to travel in fewer than 5 business days.
24 Hours Passport with Private Expediting Company
In extreme situations it may be necessary to obtain a passport in 24 hours or less. There are private expediting companies who are able to get a passport issued in as little as 24 hours. These authorized passport expediting companies do attach a a service fee which graduates depending upon how soon the passport is needed.
Travelers can apply and receive new, renewal, replacement, and child passports using these services. Online they are simply required to select the type of service they are requesting, input their personal and travel information, complete the passport application and submit the required documents such as Proof of Citizenship, 2 Passport photos and a Passport Processing Authorization Letter. After these items are received and the payment is made the agency goes to work to get the passport out as soon as possible which in some cases may be as little as 24 hours.