Getting an expedited passport is a possibility for any travelers who need a passport quickly. Generally, a passport takes about six weeks to process in the United States. If you get an expedited passport it will only take about two weeks to process, but you will need to pay an additional $60 for the expedited passport service. You will also need to pay for overnight shipping charges for your expedited passport.
If you apply for your expedited passport in person at a passport agency, you can pay using a major credit card, a debit card, a check or a money order. If you mail-in your expedited passport request, you can only pay using a check or money order. Cash is not accepted through the mail. If you apply in person to a post office or other passport service station, you will need to check with the individual service station to find out about methods of payment accepted.
In order to take advantage of expedited passport service, you will still need to apply for your passport in person if you are applying for your first passport. Overnight expedited passport service fees are associated with overnight fees to ship the passport application from the passport station to the review department, and then back to your house. When mailing your expedite passport, be sure to mark the word "Expedite" on the envelope.
Along with expedited mail for your expedite passport service, you will still need to supply basic documentation to apply for the passport. Proof of citizenship can include your birth certificate, old passport, or documentation of when you became a citizen, such as citizenship papers. If you don't have a birth certificate you will need to bring a Letter of No Record to the US passport office. This document can only be issued by the State. Voter registration cards and army discharge paper will not suffice to meet US passport requirements.
Along with proof of citizenship and your passport application, you will also need to bring two passport photos to the US passport office for your expedite passport service. Passport photos have to be 2x2 inches in size, offer full front facial views, and be identical to one another. You should avoid wearing a hat, and be sure to wear items that you often wear, such as glasses or a wig.
If you are in a real pinch and need your passport within 2 weeks, you can also try to get a rush passport. While there is no guarantee, you will usually have your passport within a few days if you have to leave within 2 weeks.
You can also have renewed passports expedited. To have renewed passports expedited, you can go through the mail or arrive in person to any passport service station. Remember to have all of your documentation ready to go for either having first time or renewed passports expedited, and try to start the process as early as possible.