How to Expedite a Passport - Step-by-Step Passport Expediting Instructions with Pictures

Expedited Passport Service

Looking for the fastest way to expedite a passport? While expedited service can take up to 3 weeks, it is possible to get your application processed as fast as the same day.

There are several requirements that you must meet in order to avoid delays and get your travel document in a hurry. If you follow the instructions below carefully, you should have no problem getting your passport fast.

Expediting a passport can be done in any one of three different methods. You will be introduced to each way to apply for a passport below along with the pros and cons of each so that you can choose the method that best meets your needs.

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1. Complete Application Form DS-11

Passport Application Form DS-11 Page 1Passport Application Form DS-11 Page 2

First, you need to complete passport application Form DS-11. You can either open the form in your web browser or download it to your computer and then open it. It is recommended that you type in the information on your computer and then print the completed form. This will help to avoid spelling errors since forms completed by hand are usually much harder to read and, therefore, more prone to error.

Information You Will Be Requested to Provide on Form DS-11
Forms DS-11, Page 1

1. Name
2. Date of Birth
3. Sex
4. Place of Birth
5. Social Security Number
6. Email Address
7. Contact Phone Number
8. Mailing Address
9. Different Name's Used (if any)
10. Parental Information
Forms DS-11, Page 2

11. Height
12. Hair Color
13. Eye Color
14. Occupation
15. Employer or School
16. Additional Contact Phone Numbers
17. Permanent Address
18. Emergency Contact
19. Travel Plans
20. Have you ever been married?
21. Have you ever been issued a U.S. Passport Book?
22. Have you ever been issued a U.S. Passport Card?


* Make sure the printed form is clear and sharp. Blurred or illegible forms are rejected.
* Print Form DS-11 on 8 inch by 11 inch white paper with a matte surface.
* The pages of the form must by printed on one side only and be full-page size.
* If you decide to print the form and then complete it, use black ink.
* Do not sign the application form until instructed to do so by a passport agent.

Click here to get Passport Application Form DS-11

How to expedite a passport - Gather Required Documents

In order to expedite a passport in a timely manner, it is essential that you pay attention to details concerning the required documents. Submitting the wrong documents or sending documents with errors can lead to delays in and/or denial of your passport request.

How to expedite a passport - Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

The document you submit as evidence of United States citizenship will be returned to you. Photocopies are not accepted. You should submit primary evidence of citizenship if possible. If not, you can submit secondary evidence.

Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport
  • Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship

Secondary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

  • Early Public Records + Birth Record or Letter of No Record
  • Delayed Birth Certificate
  • Form DS-10: Birth Affidavit + Early Public Records
  • Foreign Birth Documents + Parent(s) Citizenship Evidence

Documents Not Accepted as Evidence of U.S. Citizenship

  • Voter registration card
  • Army discharge paper
  • Social Security Card

How to expedite a passport - Identification

The State Department requires applicants to present valid photo identification. If possible, you should submit a primary identification document. The most frequently used ID is either a driver's license or a previously issued passport. There are other options. They are listed below.

Primary Identification

  • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Current Government ID (city, state or federal)
  • Current Military ID (military and dependents)

Secondary Identification

  • A Combination of Identifying Documents
  • An Identifying Witness


* If you submit your application at a Passport Application Acceptance Facility and submit out-of-state primary identification, you must present an additional ID document, as well. For example, if you apply in California with a Texas Driver's License, you must present a second ID that has as much of the following information as possible: your photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date.

How to expedite a passport - Photocopy of Identification

You are required to take a photocopy of the front and back of each identification document that you will present when applying.

Photocopy of Identification Document for Expediting Passport Application

Requirements for Copy of ID

* Use plain white, 8 1/2 x 11" standard paper stock
* Show the front and the back of your ID
* ID images can only be on one-side of page.
   (Use two sheets if necessary.)
* No other images or markings can be on the page.
* Can enlarge ID image but not decrease it.

When Other Photocopies Are Required

* If you are presenting Secondary Identification, you must provide a photocopy of the front and back of each document being presented with your application. A photocopy of your credit card will not be requested if it is to be presented with Secondary Identification.
* If you submit out-of-state primary identification, you must provide a photocopy of your primary identification document and the second ID to be presented with your application. Both sides of all identification documents must be photocopied according to the photocopy requirements above. If a credit card is presented as your second ID, a photocopy will not be requested.
* An assistant to a disable applicant who witnesses the signature or signs on the disabled applicant's behalf must present a photocopy of his or her ID
* A person acting as an Identifying Witness must present a photocopy of his or her ID

How to expedite a passport - Two Passport Photos

To avoid processing delays, be sure your photographs meet all quality requirements and are properly submitted with your application.

Passport Photo Requirements

Applicants are required to submit two identical passport photos that have been taken within the past six months. The photos must be in color with a white or off-white background. The pictures must be printed on thin, photo-quality paper.

Passport Photo Attire

Your passport photos must be taken in normal street attire.

* No uniforms in photos except religious attire that is worn daily
* No hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline
* Do wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles if you usually wear them.
* Unless you have medical reasons, dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses should not be worn.

Passport Photo Size

* Full face, front view
* 2 x 2 inches in size
* Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head

Passport Photo Dimensions

Passport Photo Size Dimensions

Examples of Acceptable Passport Photos

Acceptable Passport Photos That are Well Composed


* Most passport photos from vending machines are rejected.
* When submitting Form DS-11 in person, your should not attach the photos to the form.

3. Apply for Expedited Passport Service

After you have completed the application form, review it to make sure that all information is correct and without errors. Check again to guarantee that your supporting documents and passport photo are according to the standards set by Passport Services. Once these things are in order, you are ready to submit them for expediting.

Apply for Expedited Passport at Passport Office

Apply for Expedited Passport at Passport Office

Apply for Expedited Passport at Passport Agency

Apply for Expedited Passport at Passport Expediter

Passport offices are also known as passport application acceptance facilities. They receive applications for both routine and expedited processing.

Regional passport agencies are processing centers where American citizens can personally submit applications and supporting documents for expedited service.

Professional passport expediters are service providers that are registered with regional agencies to represent applicants in getting passports processed as fast as the same day.

Location: 9,000+ locations

Location: 25 major cities

Location: Online

Processing time: 2-3 weeks

Processing time: 1-5 days

Processing time: 1-14 days

Pros: Usually close and no need to pay an expediter

Pros: Fast service and no need to pay an expediter.

Pros: Fast service and no need to schedule appointment, travel to an agency and wait in long lines.

Cons: Slowest expediting method.

Cons: Making an appointment can be difficult. You may need to travel far to get to an agency. There are usually long lines.

Cons: Additional fees are required.

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