How long does a passport application take to process?

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersQuestion:I am in sort of a rush. How long does a passport application take to process? Will it be longer than a month and a half? If so, I may be out of a passport when I need it for my trip.

There are different options that can be used for passport processing. The first option, regular passport processing typically takes about 4-6 weeks to obtain a passport.

Secondly, you can use an expedited passport service which will process a passport within 2-3 weeks. The fastest way to obtain a passport will be to visit your closest regional passport agency, or employ a professional passport expediter to submit your application for you. You should be able to receive your passport in two weeks or less.

Utilizing a professional expediter, your passport can be turned around way faster than regular processing or even expedited processing. Professional expediters can process a passport in about 24 hours, 3 days or 1 week. Each of these services will increase in cost as the processing time becomes less and less.

Generally speaking, applicants apply for their passports late and cannot afford to use the regular passport processing services since they will need the passport in a rush. If you will be traveling in a month and a half or later, then you should choose the regular passport processing which will save you a good amount of money as opposed to using a professional expediting passport service.