Letter of Authorization
If you’ve got a big international trip coming up and suddenly realize that your passport or other important travel documents are not in order, don’t worry – you have a number of options available to you. You can always expedite your passport application with a courier or related service, for example, which will have your document in your hand in as little as 24 to 48 hours depending on the area of the country where you live.
If you choose to go this route, however, there are a number of important things in mind. For starters, you will also have to submit a letter of authorization in order for your expedited passport processing to be successful.
Submitting a Letter of Authorization
Complete the following steps in order to submit your letter of authorization along with your expedited passport application:
- Use your Web browser to print two separate copies of the Passport Processing Authorization Letter from the official website. You will need to fully complete both copies. When filling out the letter, you will need to check off all of the required boxes that are relevant to your travel plans and also provide the name of the courier company that you plan on using at the bottom of the letter.
- When filling out the letter of authorization, always do so by hand using blue or black ink. Do not leave any of the fields blank or it could potentially delay the processing of your application. When you’re finished filling out the documents, be sure to sign your name at the bottom.
- Always make sure that your signature appears the same on all of the documents that you’re submitting. If you sign your name differently on each copy, it could potentially delay the processing of your application.
- Make sure that you check only the first two boxes on your letter of authorization. The intention of the letter of authorization is to allow your courier service to discuss your passport application with the Department of State. If you check off all three boxes on the form, it could delay your application.
Once you’ve finished filling out the form, make sure that you place it safely and securely inside the envelope that you plan on giving to the representative from your courier service. The representative will take the letter of authorization, along with all of the other documents contained inside the envelope, and submit them to the Department of State on your behalf.
One copy of the letter of authorization goes inside the envelope while the other will go on the outside of the envelope. This makes sure that the acceptance agent has quick access to the letter so that they may begin looking through the documents inside your envelope and get started on processing your application right away.
So long as you properly fill out the letter of authorization, submit the appropriate forms and fees and take care of other considerations, you can have your passport in hand in as little as one to two business days.