Emergency Passport Services

If you need a passport, you should be aware of the fact that routine passport service has a processing delay of around 4 to 6 weeks from the date your application has been received. While this might be acceptable if you’re planning a vacation in a few months, an unexpected travel need may have crept up and you now need to obtain a passport urgently. There are a few ways for you to get a emergency passport. In some cases, you may even be able to receive a passport the very same day.

Options on Getting an Emergency Passport:

Emergency Passport With Post Offices

You can submit your passport application at a post office that accepts passport applications. While applying at the post office may be convenient, you should know that the expedited passport service provided by post office would take about 2 to 3 weeks to get your passport. If you are traveling within 2 weeks it is recommended for you to apply directly with the regional passport agency.

Emergency Passport With Regional Passport Offices

Regional passport offices can process applications same day and can meet your needs if you are traveling within the next 14 days, or need to apply for a foreign visa within the next 4 weeks. You will need to present proof of urgent international travel to the passport agency, such as a confirmed reservation, travel ticket or itinerary.

To apply at a regional passport office, you must first book and appointment and specify that you need a passport urgently. Take note, however, that regional passport offices are only found in major cities and you may need to take an entire day off just to take care of your passport application. Depending on the date when you need to travel, you may obtain a passport in as little as 24 hours, however there are additional fees you will need to pay on top of the regular application fees.

Emergency Passport with a Private Expediting Company

Private expediting companies can take care of the entire process for you. Basically, you will need to submit your application, a passport picture and the necessary documents to prove your citizenship and proof of identity, then specify how fast you need your passport.

If you have a few days before your travel date, the whole process can be done by overnight courier. If you need a passport right away, you can come in person to the expediting company, and submit your application then collect your passport when it is ready. It is possible to get a passport the same day in certain cases, however, expediting companies do charge a premium for their service which is additional services fee’s plus the government fee’s.

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