Looking to obtain a last minute passport? Applying for a U.S. passport could sometimes be complicated. It’s always best to apply for a passport as early as possible as standard processing is 6-8 weeks. Fortunately for individuals who need a last minute passport, expedited service is available.
Standard expedited service takes three weeks, but it may be able to be completed sooner if the applicant can demonstrate an urgent need. In addition to the paperwork, photograph and fee, applicants must submit an additional $60 fee for the rush service.
There are three options to obtain a last minute passport:
- Mail documents and money to the National Passport Processing Center with the word “expedite” on the envelope. This takes two to three weeks.
- Apply in person at a regional passport agency. Individuals must call ahead to make an appointment and should expect a one to two week turnaround time.
- Contact a registered expediter for the fastest service. They may be able to secure a new passport in as little as 24 hours.
For individuals who are applying for the first time, if the most recent passport was lost or stolen, or if the passport was issued more than 15 years ago must apply in person at an authorized passport acceptance facility.