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We process your application based on when you are traveling internationally and what service you select.
Choose this service if you have a life-or-death emergency that requires international travel within 72 hours (3 business days).
See our Life-or-Death Emergencies page for more information on how to make an appointment.
Choose this service if you are traveling internationally within 7 weeks. Restrictions apply. Your appointment at a passport agency or center must be scheduled within 14 calendar days of your international travel date. Call 1-877-487-2778 to make an appointment.
Choose this service if you are traveling in less than 11 weeks from the date you submit your application.
Expedited service takes 5 to 7 weeks, and does not include mailing times which may add several weeks on to the door-to-door time it takes to receive your passport.
Expedite at an acceptance facility or expedite a renewal by mail.
Choose this service if you are traveling over 11 weeks from the date you submit your application.
Routine service takes 8 to 11 weeks, and does not include mailing times which may add several weeks on to the door-to-door time it takes to receive your passport.
Apply at an acceptance facility or renew by mail.
We have two types of appointments: Life-or-Death Emergency Service and Urgent Travel Service.
Life-or-Death Emergency Service: We are prioritizing customers who are traveling internationally in the next 3 business days due to a qualified life-or-death emergency. What number you call to make an appointment depends on the day of the week and time of day. Learn more on our Life-or-Death Emergency page.
Urgent Travel Service: Schedule an appointment if you are traveling internationally within 14 calendar days or need a foreign visa within 28 calendar days. Call 1-877-487-2778 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, Mondays through Fridays (closed on federal holidays).
Use Form DS-11 and apply in person at an acceptance facility.
Here's how you expedite at an acceptance facility:
Here's how to expedite the application by mail:
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.