Please note: You can now get routine (10-12 week) and expedited (4-6 week) passport processing by mail and at local acceptance facilities. You can visit a passport agency by appointment only for a life or death emergency. Learn more about the status of passport processing.
Under normal conditions, you can request expedited service if you’re:
- Traveling within 72 hours (three business days).This is only in an emergency such as a serious illness, injury, or death in your immediate family.
- Traveling within two to four weeks. You must have proof of immediate international travel (for example, purchased airline or cruise tickets).
Follow these steps for an expedited service request in person:
- Make an appointment with your nearest passport agency. Make the appointment through the National Passport Information Center. You can either:
- Use the State Department’s online passport appointment system
- At your passport agency appointment, submit your application in person.
If your trip is not within four weeks, but you need your passport sooner than the normal processing times, you can request expedited service.
- Request expedited service by mail for passport renewals or
- Request expedited service in person at a passport acceptance facility near you. This is for new passports.
Expedited service costs an extra $60, plus any delivery costs.
- Normal processing times fluctuate throughout the year from 6-8 weeks to 10-12 weeks.
- Expedited by mail processing fluctuates between 2-3 weeks and 4-6 weeks.
Passports for Minors Under the Age of 18
The Department of State has rules to prevent children from being issued U.S. passports without the consent of both parents. It also has programs to protect children involved in custody disputes. These work to prevent a parent from taking a child abroad without the other parent’s consent.