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U.S. Passports

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Apply For or Renew My Passport

Get a Passport in a Hurry

If you need your passport quickly, you can expedite your application. Please see our most up-to-date processing timesExpedited service is an additional $60.

When do you need your passport?

When? Why? Service How?
Right now I have a life or death emergency Expedited See our "Life and Death Emergencies" page 
Less than
2-3 weeks
I'm traveling within 2 weeks or need a foreign visa within 4 weeks Expedited Make an appointment at a passport agency or center
Less than   4-6 weeks (No reason needed) Expedited Expedite at an acceptance facility or expedite a renewal by mail
More than   4-6 weeks (No reason needed) Routine Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail

Expedite at a Passport Agency or Center

 Expedite at an Acceptance Facility

You must use Form DS-11 when applying at an acceptance facility. You cannot apply with Form DS-82 (Renew a Passport by Mail) at an acceptance facility.

  • Fill out your 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.
  • For optional faster shipping of your application, see Overnight Delivery Service shipping below.

Expedite a Renewal by Mail

Form DS-82 must be mailed in. You cannot apply with Form DS-82 (Renew a Passport by Mail) at an acceptance facility. To find out if you are eligible to use Form DS-82, see Renew a Passport.

  • Fill out your 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. 
  • For optional faster shipping of your application, see Overnight Delivery Service below.

Overnight Delivery Service (Optional)

You may choose to pay for overnight delivery service for your application.

  • This is an optional service and will not impact the time it takes us to process your application, only the time that your application and passport spends in the mail.
  • You may choose one or both of the following shipment options:
    • Delivery to us: Purchase overnight delivery service at a post office or other passport acceptance facility for faster shipping of your application to us. The price for overnight delivery service varies depending on the area of the country.
    • Return to you: Include the $15.45 overnight delivery service fee with your passport fee in your check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State for faster return shipping.

Passport Expeditor/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.