Finally heading out of the country on a much-needed island vacation? Going overseas for a European river tour? Flying to Japan for a really important business meeting? You’ll need a passport if you want to leave the country and do any of these things. If you don’t already have one and apply for a brand new or renewed passport now you’ll probably have it, on average, in just a few weeks.
All you need to do is go to your nearest passport application office and pick up an application. Fill it out and make an appointment to bring the application back and pay your fees. Passport application offices include the post office, local libraries, and designated passport agencies.
However, sometimes you have to leave the country quickly because of a meeting or a family emergency. Aunt Marie who lives in Spain might have suddenly taken a turn for the worse or your son might have gotten sick during his time abroad. If you need your passport in less than two weeks or even immediately, it is possible.
First, go the U.S. Passports & International Travel website and read everything you need to know about the proof of identification that you will need to bring with you. Then, you can make an appointment at your local state passport agency. You will also need to bring proof of whatever international travel it is that you need to do, so a letter from your business partner or perhaps a doctor’s note explaining your son’s situation.
If your situation is life-or-death – for example, you believe that Aunt Marie isn’t going to pull through and you need to see her immediately – you can call the passport agency and make an appointment for an emergency passport. What falls into the category of life or death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family that require you to travel outside the United States within 48 hours.
There is no charge for the appointment itself, so if you someone is trying to tell you otherwise, it’s a con and don’t believe them. There are, however, application fees for the passport. Bring your appointment confirmation number, proof of international travel, completed forms and all supporting identification documents. A major credit card, debit/check card (not ATM cards), check, exact cash or a money order are all acceptable to cover the application and expedited fees.
Travel Specialist Group