Whether your upcoming overseas trip is months, weeks or days away, you’ll need a current passport. While your departure date doesn’t change the fact that you need a passport, it does make a difference on how you go about getting your passport in time. Passport wait times can range from a few days to several months, depending on the passport processing option you choose.
Processing through the U.S. Department of State is the typical route many folks take for obtaining or renewing their passports, although it also tends to be the slowest.
You can check the most current wait times on the Department of State website, although routine processing times are not likely to get much quicker than several weeks.
The quickest option from the Department of State can only promise “less than two to three weeks,” and it requires an in-person appointment at a passport agency or center. The expedited processing via mail or in-person also calls for an expedited fee.
If you go with routine or expedited passport processing from the U.S. Department of State, you can check on the status of your passport online or by phone.
Remember that it can take seven to 10 days for passports being processed to show up on the system.
If even the fastest Department of State processing won’t deliver your passport in time, or you want to avoid some hassle, you can always turn to an expedited passport service. Expedited services, like Swift, can renew a passport or process a new one in as little as one business day.
If you have additional questions about passport processing or still wondering how you’ll ever get your passport in time, a few organizations may be able to help.