How Can I Get a Passport in 2 Weeks

passport-in-2-weeks-or-lessWhile getting a U.S. passport is a relatively simple process, if you need a passport in 2 weeks this could take a little more effort. Standard passport turnaround times are about 4-6 weeks, and expedited processing, for an extra fee, usually requires 2-3 weeks.

However, for last-minute travel plans that require a passport in less than 14 days, a trip to a Regional Passport Agency may be necessary. Appointments are mandatory and can be scheduled 24 hours a day via the automated system at 1-877-487-2778. Most locations are in major cities, so allow extra time for travel if you do not live in a major metropolitan area.

The Application Process

The standard passport application will need to be filled out, and renewals require form DS-82 as well. In addition to the passport fee, which ranges from $80 – $140, the Expedited Service fee of $60 per person will apply. The new passport can be picked up at the agency or mailed. Overnight delivery has an extra charge of $12.85 per application. All agencies accept checks, money orders, and credit and debit cards.

Expediting Agencies

Some agencies may require proof of travel within two weeks to use this expedited processing service. The itinerary must be printed, as mobile itineraries are not accepted. The Regional Passport Agency does not charge any extra fees to use their services, and, in some cases, passports can be printed within hours of applying.

Expedite With a Private Passport Company

If you are unable to travel to your nearest Passport Agency, there are also many passport expediting services that will do the work for you. They generally charge fees in addition to the passport charges listed above, ranging from $70 – $300, depending on how quickly the passport is needed. One benefit of using an expediting service is that the passport can be delivered to your location, whether it’s your home or an airport.

Both choices are legitimate options, and the main difference lies in cost and convenience. Going directly to an official Regional Passport Agency will save the costs of using an expediting service. However, with an expediting service, you never even have to leave your home.

The fees listed above are current as of 5/10/13, but the most up-to-date information can be found at the State Department.

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