Renewing Your Passport

Passport Awareness Month is upon us, and odds are that your passport might either be expired or on the brink of expiring. While passport renewal for adults is typically required every decade, astonishingly, around 20% of Americans possess an expired passport without realizing it. With many countries requiring 6 months validity from the date of return, once realized, it often leaves people scrambling. One of the most frequently asked questions we encounter is, "My passport has expired, and I have upcoming travel plans. How can I expedite the renewal process?" We've got your back with answers to this common dilemma. 

The focus here is on the renewal of passports. For a comprehensive guide on obtaining a new passport, please refer to the travel.state.gov website. Keep in mind that processing times can vary, so it's always prudent to consult the trave.state.gov site for the most accurate and up-to-date information. 

13 Weeks or More Before Departure 

Ideally, if you're aware that your passport is approaching its expiration, it's best to initiate the renewal procedure promptly. Yet, life often throws unexpected curveballs, or -- let's face it -- we forget to look. The U.S. government suggests renewing your passport at least 10-13 weeks before your next international journey to ensure a hassle-free experience.

The most common way to renew your passport if you have plenty of time is by mail. To renew by mail, refer to the U.S. Department of State website to ensure you have the appropriate documents to renew your passport with ease. 

However, if circumstances prevent this, fret not – here are your available alternatives. 

10 Weeks Before Departure

If you are departing within 10 weeks, you can mail in your passport using the expedited service on the U.S. Department of State website or make an appointment to renew in person. Keep in mind that mailing times are not included in processing times. Additionally, expect at least 10-14 days to account for shipping on top of the estimated processing times.

To renew online, head here and submit the required documents.

To renew in person, head here. Remember:

  • You can only make an appointment by calling them.
  • You cannot walk in without an appointment.  
  • You cannot transfer your appointment to another customer. 
  • Come prepared with the required documents. 

7 Weeks Before Departure

There is a big gray area if you are departing within this time frame. It's not recommended to mail your passport to the U.S. Department of State if you are within this time frame as you may not receive your passport in time. The U.S. Department of State does allow walk-in appointments, but the appointment must be made within two weeks from your departure.

To make an appointment in person, head here. And good luck! 

But fear not, there is another option. 

1-2 Weeks Before Departure

FedEx has partnered with Rushmypassport.com to offer an expedited passport renewal service. They offer the following services. Prices vary by service provided.

  • Smart Service: 10-13 weeks
  • Expedited Service: 7-9 weeks
  • Priority Service: 2 weeks 
  • Emergency Service: 1 week 

While the is a cost associated with this service, choosing to expedite your passport through a reputable company has its perks and comes with ease of mind. What's more, you can get your passport photo taken at a participating FedEx office when you turn in your documents, which is one less thing to worry about. 

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*We are not paid and are in no way affiliated with FedEx or Rushmypassport.com. We offer this as a solution if you are in a bind. It's always recommended to renew your passport with plenty of time to avoid fees and delays. Please consult the U.S. Department of State for the most up-to-date information regarding passport renewals.