You’ve just finished planning the trip of a lifetime. You’ve bought your plane tickets, booked hotel rooms, and even started mentally packing.
Then you remember that your passport expired a month ago. How can you get it in time for your big trip?
How do I get my passport quickly?
Applying for a new passport and receiving it can take around six weeks. A great option to get your passport faster is to use a trusted government-registered passport courier service.
With the right company you can get your passport expedited and in the mail in 24 to 48 hours.
How Does It Work?
If you are over 16 years old and have never had a passport or if your passport expired more than five years ago then you will need to apply for a new adult passport.
You will need to include:
- Your DS-11 application.
- A passport size photo taken within the last six months.
- Proof of United States citizenship.
- Proof of identification.
- A check payable to the United States Department of State to pay the government fee of $170.
- A copy of your travel itinerary.
Remember to make sure your travel itinerary dates match the dates you listed in your DS-11 form. You will also have to print and fill out a Registered Courier Service Letter of Authorization.
At this point, you will have to display your documents to a Passport acceptance agent. You can’t mail them – they must be hand delivered.
While there, make sure that you inform the acceptance agent you require a sealed hand-carry envelope, and you are using a registered passport courier to expedite your passport.
Your DS-11 should be signed in front of the agent who will then prepare the envelope accordingly. Make sure the date is written on the OUTSIDE of the envelope so that it is clear that the documents were mailed the same day they were signed.
The process is about the same whether you are renewing a passport or filing for a lost passport, but you will need a form other than the DC-11. Make sure you find out which is the best for you.
A Note About Passport Photos
If you don’t want the hassle of getting your passport photo taken at Walmart or Walgreens, it may be a good option for you to take your own photo. Several mobile apps can help you take a picture that meets passport photo standards.
Just make sure you remove your eyeglasses and hat. Double check that there are no shadows on your face and that your expression is neutral.
You can then print the photo yourself to save time and money.
Applying for a passport is fast and easy, and if you use a registered passport courier service, you’ll be on your way and out of the country in no time.