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An Expedited Passport Can Help You Travel When The Mood Strikes You

By Ben Pate

If you need a passport in a hurry, you can get expedited pass ports. Whatever type of passport you are requesting, you have the option of asking for this service. It will cost you an additional $60 on top of whatever fees are already associated with your application.

In some situations, an expedited passport application is recommended. For example, it is a good idea if you need to travel in within the next couple of weeks. It is also a good idea if you need to get a visa for a foreign country in less than a month.

Passports generally take around four to six weeks for processing. However, when the office is really busy, it can take as many as ten weeks. If you need your passport any time prior to that, you might want to think about requesting the expedited service to be on the safe side.

To help ensure that you get your passport quickly, it is recommended that you send your application via overnight delivery and have it sent back the same way. If you do send it by mail, be sure to write EXPEDITE on the front of the envelope. It is also recommended that you send it in a way that is traceable. Regardless of how you send in your application, be sure to package it securely in such a way that it is unlikely to be damaged.

You can have your passport expedited for any reason or for no particular reason at all. It is a service that is available to anyone and for all types of pass ports: renewals, first time, for a name change or for a child. Bear in mind that if you send multiple passport applications together, the passports themselves may be sent back separately. Any personal documents that need to be returned may also be sent separately.

If you have a life or death situation which requires that you receive your passport sooner than this, do not send in your application for expedited service. Instead, you will need to contact your local passport agency and make an appointment for emergency service. At the time of your appointment, you may need to show proof of the emergency requiring an immediate passport.

You will normally receive your expedited passport in two to three weeks. For this reason, it is smart to always have a passport that is valid. If you want to go on vacation at the last minute, you might not be able to do so as this will not qualify as an emergency.

Remember that, if you have changed your name for any reason, such as marriage, you will need to get a new passport that reflects this change. This is an important consideration regarding honeymoon plans if you are traveling internationally. You may not want to do any of the paperwork associated with your name change until after you return.

If you have any reason to think you need your American passport faster than normal, you may want to apply for an expedited American passport. The extra fee will be well worth it if it means you do not have to say no to a last minute trip out of town. And you will then not have to worry about it for another ten years.

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Pate, Ben "An Expedited Passport Can Help You Travel When The Mood Strikes You." An Expedited Passport Can Help You Travel When The Mood Strikes You. 2 Jul. 2010. 21 Aug 2014 <>.

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