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How to Get a Passport Fast

You’ve just booked an international vacation and frantically noticed your passport is expiring. Don’t worry! Here is the lowdown on how to bypass the four-to-six week passport renewal process. It’ll cost you, but you can even get a passport in less than 24 hours.

  • Post Office: Visit Travel.State.Gov to download applications, learn about fees and apply for expedite service. A $60 fee per application and overnight delivery costs apply, but your passport will arrive within two or three weeks.
  • Urgent Passport Services: Simply go online, read the detailed instructions and fill out two application forms. Part One is for expedite service and will need to be mailed via FedEx or UPS. Part Two will be completed online through the U.S. Department of State passport website. For $250, this company guarantees passports can be issued in seven business hours. Their expedite fees change with service required: same day, 24 hour and three, six or 10 business days.
  • A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors: Download the application form and pay directly on its website. This form and passport materials will need to be mailed. A new passport will be shipped in 24-48 hours for $275. This company issues passports based on business days, and fees will change for rush service over two-four, five-seven or eight-14 days. Speed the process along by visiting a local branch.

With that passport in hand, you’re ready to explore exotic destinations with $599 flights to Italy, $700 off a Tokyo vacation or a trip to Jamaica for $459.

If you are within 14 days of an international departure, contact the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 to notify them and to find the best expedite service for you. Expediting under three business days is also time sensitive, so call your chosen passport agency to ensure your application is submitted in time.

Expediting and delivery costs are additional to standard passport fees. Check with each passport agency for required costs.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010
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