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Do you need to rush your passport? Learn more about the service you should select based on when and why you are traveling internationally. 

Passport Agency Appointment Services

What Service Should I Select

My Travel Date My Reason for Travel Service I Should Select My Processing Times Next Steps?
Right now I have a life-or-death emergency Life-or-Death Emergency Service

Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (or 3 business days) of travel.

 

See our "Life-or- Death Emergencies" page to learn if you are eligible. You can schedule your appointment up to 2 weeks before your international travel but the date of your appointment must be within 3 business days of your international travel.
Less than 5-7 weeks from today I have urgent international travel plans within 2 weeks, or need a foreign visa within 4 weeks. Expedited at an Agency or Center  Your appointment date must be within 72 hours (or 3 business days) of travel. If you need a foreign visa, the appointment can be within 10 business days of travel.  A limited number of appointments are available. Restrictions apply and we cannot guarantee you can make an appointment. 
In the next 5-7 weeks (No reason needed) Expedited  5-7 weeks (does not include mailing times) Expedite at an acceptance facility or expedite a renewal by mail
More than 8-11 weeks from today (No reason needed) Routine  8-11 weeks (does not include mailing times) Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail

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Expedite at a Passport Agency or Center

We have two types of appointments: Life-or-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service. You can only make an appointment by calling us. Se habla español.

You cannot walk-in. We do not charge a fee to make an appointment. You cannot transfer your appointment to another customer. When you call to make an appointment, we will provide unique confirmation information that our staff will verify on the day on your appointment. 

Life-or-Death Emergency Service: We are prioritizing customers who are traveling internationally in the next 72 hours (or 3 business days) due to a qualified life-or-death emergency. If you need this service, call us. What number you call depends on the day of the week and time of day. Learn more on our Life-or-Death Emergency page.

Urgent Travel Service: Some agencies and centers are also offering limited appointments for customers who have urgent international travel in the next 72 hours (or 3 business days) for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency. You may schedule an appointment if you are traveling within 2 weeks or need a foreign visa within 4 weeks; however, the appointment cannot occur more than 3 business days before your date of travel, or 10 business days if you require a visa. Call 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 TDD/TTY from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, Mondays through Fridays. Our appointment line for Urgent Travel Service is closed on weekends and federal holidays. 

Preparing for your Appointment: Collect all of your application materials before you arrive for your appointment. Bring the information you got in the confirmation email from the National Passport Information Center when you scheduled your appointment. 

Use our online form filler to fill out your form and print it before you arrive for your appointment. You can also print a PDF of your form and complete it by hand in black ink before you arrive. Both of these options reduce the amount of time you spend in our lobby on the day of your appointment.

Arriving to your Appointment: We have fewer chairs and more signage in our waiting rooms to enable social distancing. We require appointments, and we currently do not offer walk-in services. You cannot transfer your appointment to another person.

*We ask that you come prepared and bring a mask or face covering to your appointment. While public health guidance has changed during the pandemic as more U.S. citizens are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, some of our agencies and centers are located in buildings that have different policies for wearing masks and face coverings. Follow the signs posted in the building, which will display the most up-to-date mask and face covering requirements.

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Expedite at an Acceptance Facility

Select this option if your international travel date is in the next 5 to 7 weeks. 

You must use Form DS-11 when applying at an acceptance facility. If you need to renew your passport, you should use Form DS-82 and mail it to us. Here's how you expedite at an acceptance facility: 

  • Fill out your DS-11 application and collect your documents. See How to Apply to find the right form for you. 
  • Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee. See Passport Fees for more information.
  • Find the acceptance facility nearest you to turn in your application and fees. Contact the facility before arriving to determine if an appointment is required.
  • Purchase USPS' Priority Mail Express for faster shipping of your application to us.
  • The expedite fee does not include the optional 1-2 day delivery fee of your completed passport.

 

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Expedite a Renewal by Mail

Select this option if your international travel date is in the next 5 to 7 weeks.

Form DS-82 must be mailed in unless you are eligible to renew in-person at a passport agency or center. To find out if you are eligible to use Form DS-82, see our Renew a Passport page.  Here's how to expedite a renewal by mail:

  • Fill out your DS-82 application and collect your documents.
  • Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee. See Passport Fees for more information.
  • Clearly mark "EXPEDITE" on the outside of the envelope. 
  • The expedite fee does not include the optional 1-2 day delivery fee.
  • Purchase USPS' Priority Mail Express for faster shipping of your application to us.
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Can I pay for faster delivery and return shipping?

  • You may choose one or both of the following shipment options:
    • Delivery to us: Purchase Priority Mail Express from the United States Postal Service for faster shipping of your application to us. The price for this service varies depending on the area of the country.
    • Return to you: Pay $17.56 for 1-2 day delivery. This means you will receive your passport 1-2 days after we send it. Include the $17.56 fee with your passport fee in your check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State for fastest return shipping. Do not submit a return envelope to us with $17.56 of postage pre-paid. 
  • You may receive your passport and the supporting documents submitted with your application in separate mailings.
  • If you are renewing a passport card, we will send it to you via First Class Mail. We do not use 1-2 day delivery services for passport card only applications.
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What are passport expeditors and courier companies?

Passport expeditor/courier companies are private entities, some of which are registered at our passport agencies, and are allowed to submit expedited passport applications on behalf of customers. To learn more about passport and visa expeditor/courier companies, please visit our Passport Expeditor/Courier page.