How to Get a Passport in 1 Week

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There's nothing worse than preparing for your first international vacation, only to realize you don't have a valid passport and you need one to travel. Unfortunately, normal processing times for passport applications tend to range between 10 and 12 weeks. Expedited service may give you a passport quicker--usually within 2 weeks. But what are you suppose to do if you are traveling within 1 week? Follow the instructions below to receive your passport in a hurry.

Things You'll Need

  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • State photo ID
  • Passport photos
  • Find the Regional Passport Center closest to you (see Resources below). There are 18 offices in the continental United States, so you may have to drive a few hours, depending on your location. If you need a passport within 1 week, your only option is to apply in-person.

  • Gather all of the documents required to apply for a passport. You need a certified copy of your birth certificate, state photo IDs and two identical passport photos. Visit a local photographer to have the photos made. The photos must measure 2 by 2 inches and show a clear view of your face. Since applying in-person is reserved for those traveling overseas very soon, you will also need proof of your upcoming travel (must be within 14 days), so bring your plane ticket.

  • Contact the Regional Passport Center to set up an appointment. These offices accept applicants by appointment only, with no exceptions.

  • Travel to the center with your required documentation. Make sure to bring your payment of $95 plus $25 for processing. The agency will assist you in filling out the forms and grant you an immediate passport card that will allow you to travel.

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