How Long Does It Take To Get Your Passport?
If you’re preparing for your first trip abroad, it’s likely that you have some questions about passport acquisition. Securing your documentation can be an intimidating and confusing process for some, but Travel Visa Pro is here to ease your worries and guide you through the paperwork and application processes to ensure that everything goes smoothly as you get ready to begin the adventure of a lifetime.
It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to set aside additional time to gather all of the documents needed to apply for a passport in the first place. For some, this could take as long as a few weeks, so be sure to do your research and plan accordingly. Furthermore, not every regional passport agency accepts walk-ins, so you might need to make an appointment ahead of time with your agency of choice. It’s always better to be ahead of schedule than behind!
I’ve already gone through the passport application process. What now?
The waiting game is never a fun one, especially when you’re unsure of just how long you should be waiting to receive your passport. The passport acquisition process can take anywhere between four to six weeks, and possibly as long as eight weeks. This includes the time the passport spends being sent to you by mail. After 7-10 business days, you may check the status of your application online through the Online Passport Status System. You may also contact the National Passport Information Center by phone to check your application status.
I need to get my passport within the next month. What do I do?
If your trip is in two to four weeks and you need to have your passport in your hands sooner, explain your needs to a representative from a local passport agency to learn more about your options. Expedited services are available and can get your passport to you within two to three weeks. Travel Visa Pro has offices located across the country and provides expedited passport services that will allow you to keep your worries at bay and be prepared on time.
In certain circumstances, such as life or death emergencies, you can get your passport even faster. An emergency isn’t required for you to request expedited passport services, but communicating your needs to us will allow us to put your passport in your hands as quickly as possible, especially if your needs are absolutely immediate.
Working with a local agency is your best bet at finding an expedited service that matches your needs. Be sure to head to a regional passport agency and speak with an agent about your needs as soon as you can.
What if I applied for a routine service and am now in need of an expedited service?
If you’ve already submitted your passport application and are now facing a situation that leaves you in need of your documentation much sooner, you should contact the National Passport Information Center to explain your circumstances. You may be able to pay the fee for expedited services by credit card and have your application upgraded from a routine service.
Can I expedite a passport renewal?
Expedited passport services are available for renewals as well as first-time passport applications. Travel Visa Pro offers expedited renewal services that can put your passport in your hands in as soon as 24 hours.
You have options when it comes to renewing your passport by mail, including the option to upgrade to overnight shipping. Paperwork and costs will vary depending on when your passport was issued, shipping methods, and the fee for expediting the process, among other factors. Be sure to contact an agency representative to learn more about the process that’s unique to your situational needs, and make sure you have a copy of your travel itinerary available as proof that your trip is rapidly approaching.
Remember: many countries can deny you entry if your passport is expiring within six months, so you’ll want to plan ahead and renew your passport if necessary to avoid being turned away right before takeoff!
The Travel Visa Pro team is available to assist you with your paperwork and guide you through the application and renewal processes so that you can focus on packing your bags and planning your itinerary while we take care of the more confusing work. We offer services that are catered to your needs, and our agents are here to ensure that you feel confident in your plans to go abroad. We recognize that international travel can be nerve-wracking for even the most seasoned globetrotters, and our representatives are happy to walk you through each step of the preparation process and prevent you from encountering any unnecessary hiccups.