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Expedited Child Passport Services

The process for getting a new child passport can be difficult for most parents to navigate alone.  At Swift, we make it easy by guiding you every step of the way!

A CHILD PASSPORT IS NEEDED FOR ALL MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 16, INCLUDING INFANTS, WHEN TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY.

Applying for a Child Passport

Before you proceed with our online passport service, please make sure you can answer “yes” to all of the questions below.  If you are unsure, you can take our passport quiz to see what option may be right for you.

Current Expedited Passport Processing Time Options & Fees

3 to 5 Business Days

$ 650
00
Swift Service Fee
  • Price above is for Swift's service only and does not include government, shipping, or processing fees which will vary based upon your selections.

7 to 10 Business Days

$ 599
00
Swift Service Fee
  • Price above is for Swift's service only and does not include government, shipping, or processing fees which will vary based upon your selections.

Getting a Child Passport: What You Should Know

When Does a Child Need a Passport?

A passport is required for all minors under the age of 16, including infants and babies, when traveling internationally. 

How Long is a Child’s Passport Valid?

Passports issued for minors under the age of 16 are only valid for 5 years.  Passports issued for those who are 16 years and older are valid for 10 years.  If a child’s passport has expired or is nearing expiration, you will need to apply for a new passport.  Passports issued to minors cannot be renewed. 

Who Needs to Be Present for a Child’s Passport Application?

Both parents must be present in most cases.  When you apply for a passport for your child, you will make an appointment with a Passport Acceptance Agent and both parents must appear before the Agent.  There are rare exceptions which you can learn more about by reading our blog, “Do Both Parents Need to Be Present for a Child Passport?”.  

Does My Child Need a Passport to Travel to Canada or Mexico?

Yes, your child will need a passport in order to travel to Canada and Mexico. 

Need a Child Passport in a Hurry?

At Swift, we never want a family to miss their vacation because their child’s passport didn’t arrive on time!  This is why we offer an expedited child passport service that is easy to navigate; we tell you exactly what to do and when to do it.  We are here to serve as your trusted resource.  Our team of experts will guide you through each step and answer every question.  Our service alleviates frustration, and we’ve found that when parents use Swift, they save at least 20 hours. 

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The Fastest Way to Get a Child Passport: 4 Easy Steps

Click Order Now and select Child Passport from our list of service options.  You can then choose your processing time and will be asked to enter in basic information such as your child’s name, date of birth, and date of departure.  After you remit the requested information, you can proceed to checkout or add more passports to your order.  We will inform you of the total price before you submit your order and payment.

Once your order is submitted, you will be provided with a list of documents that you must gather and ship to Swift for your order to be fulfilled.  Some of these documents include:

  • Proof of Citizenship
  • DS-11 Passport Application
  • Passport Photo
  • Copy of both parents’ valid photo ID

Please note, Swift will provide a complete list of documents and instructions after you place your order.  You will be guided step-by-step. 

Once you have gathered the required documents, you will need to take them to a post office or county/city clerk to get the application executed by a “passport acceptance agent.” The minor and both parents need to be present for this step (1 parent may be present in cases of sole custody or if they have a notarized DS-3053 from the non-appearing parent). To find a Passport Acceptance Agent near you, just enter your zip code.  Swift suggests calling ahead to the Acceptance Facility to confirm that the details on this website are accurate. 

You will then ship your documents to Swift for processing.  Please do NOT send your documents through USPS.  Please ship documents to:

Swift Passport & Visa Services
1 E Erie St.
Suite #525
Chicago, IL 60611

Once Swift receives your documents, we will complete your order and will ship your child’s passport to you.  

NOTE:  If you are getting more than 1 application sealed, it is CRUCIAL that each application is in its own sealed envelope. Multiple applications in 1 sealed envelope may be denied and cause extensive delays.

Ready to Get Your Child's Passport?

Child Passport FAQ

Right now, it is taking 8 to 11 weeks to process child passports through the US Passport Agency.  You can pay $60.00 to expedite your child’s passport and then it may take 6 to 7 weeks to arrive. 

The process for expediting a child passport will generally take 8 to 11 weeks to complete.  There are several hours involved in the passport application process, including your meeting with the Passport Acceptance Agent, and then the actual time spent processing the passport from start to finish. 

If you use routine service, it will take 8 to 11 weeks through the US Passport Agency.  Expedited service may be available and will average 6 to 7 weeks. 

You may pay an additional fee of $60.00 to the US Passport Agency and they will process your child passport within 6 to 7 weeks. 

You can visit a Chicago Passport Agency.  You’ll want to make an appointment online before you visit.  Another option is to visit the Swift office and let us take care of the child passport process for you. 

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