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Replacing a passport can, like all bureaucratic processes, feel overwhelming even under normal circumstances. It is easy to imagine how stressful it can become when you must obtain a U.S. passport in record time due to an emergency that requires you to make travel arrangements fast.
Fortunately, the American government offers a rush service for those who need to expedite the passport issuance for genuine and proven reasons. Keep reading to find out how to renew or replace your passport fast.
The speed at which your passport card or book will be issued depends on your specific circumstances. Choosing the right expedited service is essential to avoid rejections and delays.
Here is how to pick the right one:
Sometimes, even the most organized travelers find themselves having to obtain a passport overnight due to unforeseen urgent circumstances.
This can be done in a life-or-death-emergency situation. Here are some examples:
You must provide proof of the emergency together with the rest of your supporting documentation. The documents must be written or translated into English. Find below examples of proof of emergency:
You should get in touch with a passport agency by phone (or contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if you are abroad) in order to book your passport application appointment.
If you are applying for your first passport, whether you wish to expedite the process or not, you will need to request your document in person. You will also need to provide relevant identification and citizenship documents for first-time applicants, like a certified birth certificate.
But even for those who need to renew it, things are not as easy as having their old passport number at hand, and many will need to visit an office.
In order to renew a U.S. passport via mail, you must physically possess the passport, which must also be:
If your document does not satisfy all the above requirements, you will need to apply in person.
If your passport meets the requirements and you wish to travel within the next 4 to 10 weeks, you may expedite the renewal via mail. To do so, you must:
You can choose express delivery and include the relevant fee in your envelope.
For 72-hour urgent travel needs, applicants can take advantage of a limited number of dedicated appointment slots available at the National Passport Information Center. You can book a slot online or with a phone call.
At the appointment, you must have with you:
If the expected departure date is within 4-10 weeks, you may apply for an expedited passport at an acceptance facility.
In this case, you will need:
For 4-6 week processing, you will not need to provide a reason and supporting documents to justify the expedited service.
Contact the facility beforehand to find out whether an appointment is necessary.