How much does a passport cost at the post office?
If you’re getting your US passport for the first time, you may have noticed signs at your neighborhood post office advertising that they accept passport applications, with some even taking passport photos on site. When it comes time to fly, it never pays to leave everything until the last minute. Just as the difference between booking a flight the day prior to departure and a few months before can be significant, so too can putting off applying for your passport, even when there’s a post office around the corner that can accept your application.
If you know you’ll be flying internationally in the near or distant future, taking the time to make sure all your travel documents are in order before stopping by a regional passport center, Travel Visa Pro, or USPS office can be a massive money saver. Here are some of the costs associated with passport applications through the post office.
How much does it cost to apply for a passport?
Passport applications accepted through the post office are no different than those you could do from your home through the mail, save two differences: some locations can take passport photos, and first-time applicants are permitted to apply by mail, provided a USPS employee verify their ID and witness them sign Form DS-11.
Regional passport agencies typically charge a $35 execution fee for first-time passport applicants and those seeking renewals to apply in person. The post office is no different, but they refer to this as a “post office acceptance fee”. Two passport-sized photos are available through the post office (at certain locations) for $15.
As for applications themselves and fees to the US Department of State, the fees are the same whether you apply on your own or through the post office: $110 for a passport book, $30 for a passport card. Expediting any application costs $60 extra, but USPS locations offer overnight delivery (NOT 24-hour processing time, but from the time the US State Department returns an application) for $15.89.
What if I need my passport earlier than that?
Although overnight delivery envelopes are available, as is expedited processing, passport applicants submitted through the post office are still going through the mail, one of the slowest ways to receive a new or renewed document. If you’re desperate to have your application processed within the same business day, the team of travel experts at Travel Visa Pro can do this with our 8-hour Emergency Service for $599. This guarantees that if your application is in the hands of one of our travel professionals with an appointment at the beginning of the business day, you will receive a passport renewal or your first-time passport by the end and sleep well knowing your paperwork is in order.
Even if there’s not that much of a rush, entrusting your passport application through the postal service with track numbers does not necessarily speed up the process. What might take 2-3 weeks to process in January can reach 6-7 weeks in June. Travel Visa Pro can process passports at any time of year by the next business day for $429 with our Next Day Service, and $299 in three to five business days with our Urgent Passport Service. Rush Passport Service guarantees your application will be processed within 6-10 business days for $199. Standard Passport processing services cost $149 to deliver your book within 10-15 business days, and $99 with TVP’s Budget Passport service for 15-20 days.
Don’t wait until the last minute when it comes time to get a new passport or renew your old one, and be aware that processing any application by mail is bound to take longer than setting up an appointment with a regional passport agency or TVP. When you need passport and visa assistance in a hurry, Travel Visa Pro is ready to help get your documents in order.
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