Your dream vacation that you’ve been planning for months is right around the corner. Your bags are packed, airline tickets booked, and you have the perfect vacation home just waiting for your arrival. The only thing that’s getting in the way of you being fully excited for your trip? Your passport still hasn’t arrived. You applied for your passport weeks ago, and it’s nowhere to be found. You start to panic and wonder if it will even come at all… what are you to do now?!
What to Do if Your Passport is Delayed
If your passport is delayed and hasn’t come when it was supposed to, your first instinct may be to panic. But, this is precisely what you shouldn’t do. Take a deep breath, and try one of the following options to try and obtain your passport as soon as possible:
Option 1: Call 1-877-487-2778 to try and make an in-person appointment with a Passport Agency near you. It’s important to note that most of the appointments available are only for people who need to travel internationally for a life-or-death emergency or for those who need to travel for an urgent manner.
You may qualify for a life-or-death emergency appointment if you need to travel internationally within 72 hours for an immediate family member who is dying, has a life-threatening illness or injury, or has died.
You may qualify for an appointment for urgent travel if you have urgent travel plans within 2 weeks and you can provide proof of travel.
Option 2: Call the National Passport Information Center (1-877-487-2778). When you call, explain your situation and ask if paying an expedite fee would guarantee your passport being issued and shipped to you right away. You can then track the progress of your passport here.
Option 3: If you become notified that there is a problem with your passport application, follow the instructions listed on the government-issued letter. If timing is a concern for you, you should work directly with the government to get your situation resolved in a timely matter or call 1-877-487-2778 for more information.
What to Avoid
If your passport is delayed and hasn’t arrived within the estimated processing time, the one thing you should never do is to start a new passport application with Swift or any other third-party agency. If you submit a new application, you’ll have two passport applications being processed, which will raise a huge red flag to the Passport Agency. Having two passport applications being processed at the same time could potentially delay your passport even longer. Please, do not do this!
Expedite Your Passport With Swift
To avoid potentially missing your trip due to not receiving your passport in time, you should expedite your passport with Swift. We can help you get your new passport or passport renewal in a timely manner so that you can enjoy the anticipation of waiting for your trip without worrying if your passport will get to you in time.
If you are looking to obtain a new passport or passport renewal, Swift has a 7-10 business days processing option. Please note that you must call ahead (312-929-2105) if you want to use our 7-10 business days option, as it’s being offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Using our expedited service will help to give you peace of mind that your passport will arrive in time for your trip.
If you have any questions about obtaining a new passport or passport renewal, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have and work with you to get the process started. As always, no matter where you plan on traveling, we’ll get you there!