Passport Application – How long does a passport application takes to process?

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersQuestion:  I am in sort of a rush. How long does a passport application takes 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.

Answer:  There are different options when it comes to the passport application process. The first option is the regular passport processing. This process typically takes about 4-6 weeks before you get a new passport.

The second option would be to use an expedite passport service. An expedite passport service can process a passport within 2-3 weeks. The third and fastest way to obtain a passport is through a regional passport agency. The regional passport agency or professional expediter will expedite the process so that you are able to have a passport in about 2 weeks or less.

By utilizing a professional expediter, your passport can be turned around way faster than regular processing or 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 applying for their rush passports may not choose to use the regular passport processing services. If you are traveling in a month and a half or later, then you should choose the regular passport application process. It will save you a good amount of money when you compare it to a professional expediting passport service. The choice you make is base on how fast you need a passport and what you can afford.