How Can I Get a Passport in 2 Weeks?
While 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 expedite 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 telephone 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 $130 – $195, 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.
Some agencies may require proof of travel within two weeks to use this expedited processing service. Have a copy of your itinerary. They will not accept a mobile itinerary. The Regional Passport Agency does not charge any extra fees to use their services. In some cases, passports are available 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 passports expediting services. They generally charge fees in addition to the passport charges listed above. Fees may range from $70 – $300, depending on how quickly you need a passport. One benefit of using an expediting service is that the passport is delivered to your location. Whether it’s your home or the airport.
Both choices are legitimate options. 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.
In conclusion, obtaining a passport takes time and commitment when done through official channels. This process is essential in becoming an international traveler, however, in some cases, you may need to expedite the process. It is possible to get a passport within two weeks if you’re willing to pay the additional fees and consult a professional service if necessary.
It’s important to remember that although it may seem expensive upfront, the long-term benefit and satisfaction of having a valid passport far outweigh any costs associated with it.