How to Expedite Passport Renewal

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A traveler can request an expedited passport renewal.
A traveler can request an expedited passport renewal. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

In the event you need to renew a passport on short notice, the United States Department of State does have a procedure where you can request an expedited renewal. A regular expedited request will take about two or three weeks instead of the normal four to six weeks. It does cost more than a regular application.

Fill out all of the necessary forms for a passport renewal. See the travel.state.gov website for details for the current renewal requirements.

Write "Expedite" in large letters on the outside of the envelope containing the passport renewal application.

Include a personal check or money order for the expedited service, which cost $60 as of 2011, plus the regular processing fees and overnight delivery costs.

Tips & Warnings

  • In emergency situations, you can request an immediate interview with an agent. An application or renewal can be approved in a few days under those circumstances. See the travel.state.gov site for more information.

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