How do I get a US passport in a hurry?

The question of how long it takes to get a passport depends on a few variables which include the number of applications that Passport Services has to process at the time you apply, the location you apply and the date of your departure. Take a look at each one of these and determine how they can affect the time it will take you to get a passport.

Passport applications can be processed 3 ways in the United States (for a US Passport).

  1. Apply at a local post office or clerk of the court.  In many cases, you'll need to make an appointment, then the acceptance agent sends your application to a regional passport agency for processing.  You can check with the State Department on current processing times.  Typically they are 5-6 weeks and 6-8 weeks during peak times.
  2. Apply at a regional passport agency, but only if you are traveling within the next 2 weeks.  This requires appearing in person at the agency.  Evidence of a departure date within two weeks is required or within four weeks if you also need to obtain a travel visa.
  3. Use an authorized passport expediting service like us and we can acquire a passport for you as fast as in 24 hours.  For more information on our expediting services, click here to visit our US passport services section.


Current Passport Application Processing Times


Service Processing Time
Routine Service 6-8 weeks from the time of application.
Expedited Service Within 4 weeks door-to-door.*
Expedited at Agency Within 8 business days from the time your application is received at a Regional Passport Agency (requires proof of departure within two weeks)
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